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Ghiotto edges Carlin duo in Sochi F2 practice but causes red flag

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Hitech GP’s Luca Ghiotto topped the timesheets in the Formula 2 free practice session at Sochi but brought out a red flag to bring the session to an early end.

F2 was the first session on track at the Russian Grand Prix weekend with the absence of feeder series FIA Formula 3.

Ghiotto set the fastest lap of 1m49.631s around the mid-point of the 45-minute session.

Times on the medium compound tyre struggled to improve as the session progressed, with only a handful of improvements as the session reached its conclusion.

A late virtual safety car for Trident’s Marino Sato neutralised the session briefly, but it was resumed with four minutes remaining.

Ghiotto then had a spin late on the exit of the final corner. When trying to recover after facing 180-degrees, he stalled the car, which brought out a red flag to conclude the session with a minute remaining.

Carlin’s Red Bull duo Yuki Tsunoda and Jehan Daruvala were around a tenth behind Ghiotto, ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Christian Lundgaard and Virtuosi Racing’s Callum Ilott.

Hitech’s Nikita Mazepin and Charouz Racing System’s Pedro Piquet were sixth and seventh quickest respectively.

Championship leader Mick Schumacher was eighth fastest, seven-tenths off the pace. ART’s Marcus Armstrong and DAMS’ Dan Ticktum rounded out the top 10.

MP Motorsport recruit Giuliano Alesi was 18th, while F2 newcomer Jake Hughes was 20th in his HWA Racelab-entered car.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Luca Ghiotto Hitech GP 1m49.631s 16
2 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin 1m49.712s +0.081s 16
3 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1m49.741s +0.110s 16
4 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1m49.858s +0.227s 14
5 Callum Ilott Virtuosi 1m49.953s +0.322s 16
6 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP 1m49.959s +0.328s 17
7 Pedro Piquet Charouz 1m49.999s +0.368s 16
8 Mick Schumacher Prema 1m50.331s +0.700s 14
9 Marcus Armstrong ART Grand Prix 1m50.387s +0.756s 13
10 Dan Ticktum DAMS 1m50.491s +0.860s 16
11 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 1m50.643s +1.008s 17
12 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1m50.661s +1.030s 14
13 Juri Vips DAMS 1m50.719s +1.088s 16
14 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi 1m50.801s +1.170s 15
15 Marino Sato Trident 1m50.872s +1.241s 11
16 Jack Aitken Campos 1m50.882s +1.251s 14
17 Roy Nissany Trident 1m50.894s +1.263s 14
18 Giuliano Alesi MP Motorsport 1m51.212s +1.581s 16
19 Artem Markelov HWA Racelab 1m51.409s +1.778s 15
20 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab 1m51.521s +1.890s 16
21 Louis Deletraz Charouz 1m51.607s +1.974s 15
22 Guilherme Samaia Campos 1m52.311s +2.680s 16