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Haas juniors Maini and Ferrucci put Trident on top in F2 testing

by Peter Allen

Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/FIA Formula 2

Trident topped both sessions on day two of the second Formula 2 pre-season test in Bahrain thanks to its Haas Formula 1 juniors Arjun Maini and Santino Ferrucci.

Maini achieved the best lap of the day, a 1m42.779s, inside the first hour of running.

Ferrucci led a much slower afternoon session with a time nearly three seconds slower, as race simulations took priority.

In the morning, Jack Aitken was second quickest for ART Grand Prix, 0.224 seconds adrift, with day one pace-setter Nyck de Vries in third for Prema.

Luca Ghiotto took fourth in front of Louis Deletraz, with George Russell edging Lando Norris for sixth.

Arden duo Maximilian Gunther and Nirei Fukuzumi were both in the top 10, separated by Fukuzumi’s fellow Honda protege Tadasuke Makino of Russian Time.

Ferrucci, who was 17th in the morning, out-paced Ralph Boschung by 0.142s to top the afternoon session late on, with Maini in third.

Day two times

?Pos Driver Team Morning Afternoon
1 Arjun Maini Trident 1:42.779 1:46.162
2 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:43.003 1:48.644
3 Nyck de Vries Prema Racing 1:43.080 1:50.814
4 Luca Ghiotto Campos Racing 1:43.111 1:49.688
5 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 1:43.145 1:46.737
6 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:43.161 1:51.243
7 Lando Norris Carlin 1:43.212 1:47.431
8 Maximilian Gunther Arden 1:43.315 No time
9 Tadasuke Makino Russian Time 1:43.415 1:51.217
10 Nirei Fukuzumi Arden 1:43.467 1:48.867
11 Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 1:43.498 1:48.855
12 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:43.520 1:49.796
13 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1:43.610 1:47.719
14 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1:43.612 1:48.862
15 Artem Markelov Russian Time 1:43.641 1:50.897
16 Sean Gelael Prema Racing 1:43.686 1:49.512
17 Santino Ferrucci Trident 1:43.785 1:45.522
18 Roy Nissany Campos Racing 1:43.971 1:48.944
19 Alexander Albon DAMS 1:44.001 1:49.995
20 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1:44.164 1:45.664