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Hadjar fastest, Maloney’s car sets on fire on last morning of F2 test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Isack Hadjar was fastest on the final morning of Formula 2 post-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit, which was interrupted by Zane Maloney’s car setting on fire.

MP Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto was the first driver to set a flying lap three-and-a-half minutes into the three-hour session, but his 1m53.838s effort kept him on top for less than two minutes before DAMS’ Juan Manuel Correa posted a 1m47.527s then improved to 1m37.185s on his next lap.

His team-mate Jak Crawford was next to the top, lowering the pace to 1m36.551s with two successive improvements.

Colapinto returned to first place 10 minutes later, setting a 1m36.461s. That stood as the benchmark laptime for 16 minutes before Campos Racing’s Hadjar posted a 1m36.180s. He would remain on top for the rest of the morning, and nobody had an opportunity to beat him in the rest of the session’s first hour as Maloney’s Rodin Carlin-run car setting on fire at turn 13 led to a red flag period lasting almost 20 minutes.

Once action resumed, Hadjar improved to 1m36.066s early in the second hour, had a cooldown lap then improved again to 1m35.958s before the session was stopped for another nine minutes due to Hitech GP’s Paul Aron stopping at turn five.

Following the next restart ART Grand Prix’s Victor Martins got himself into second place, just 0.09 seconds off Hadjar’s pace, and Van Amersfoort Racing’s Enzo Fittipaldi was 0.116s off the top in third. Crawford and Virtuosi Racing’s Gabriel Bortoleto completed the top five.

There was a third red flag interruption with 23 minutes to go due to an “impact at turn 11” for Trident’s Christian Mansell, who had taken over the car driven by Richard Verschoor on the first two days of testing, and when the session restarted there was 11 minutes left on the clock.

Although many did head back out on track, there were scant improvements. Virtuosi’s Kush Maini jumped from 13th to fifth with a laptime 0.297s slower than Hadjar’s long-standing benchmark, and Trident’s Oliver Goethe set the fastest middle sector of anyone but then did not improve his laptime so remained in 21st place.

In total 12 laptimes by eight drivers were deleted for track limits abuse.

Morning session results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Isack Hadjar Campos Racing 1m35.958s 38
2 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m36.048s +0.090s 53
3 Enzo Fittipaldi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m36.074s +0.116s 38
4 Jak Crawford DAMS 1m36.128s +0.170s 44
5 Kush Maini Virtuosi Racing 1m36.255s +0.297s 44
6 Gabriel Bortoleto Virtuosi Racing 1m36.277s +0.319s 30
7 Zak O’Sullivan ART Grand Prix 1m36.301s +0.343s 41
8 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 1m36.351s +0.393s 39
9 Joshua Duerksen PHM Racing 1m36.406s +0.448s 38
10 Ollie Bearman Prema 1m36.407s +0.449s 39
11 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m36.423s +0.465s 49
12 Juan Manuel Correa DAMS 1m36.605s +0.647s 42
13 Dennis Hauger MP Motorsport 1m36.697s +0.739s 16
14 Paul Aron Hitech GP 1m36.754s +0.796s 52
15 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m36.824s +0.866s 56
16 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m36.964s +1.006s 39
17 Amaury Cordeel Hitech GP 1m37.036s +1.078s 52
18 Joshua Mason PHM Racing 1m37.086s +1.128s 41
19 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m37.116s +1.158s 11
20 Ritomo Miyata Carlin 1m37.133s +1.175s 33
21 Oliver Goethe Trident 1m37.477s +1.519s 34
22 Christian Mansell Trident 1m38.896s +2.938s 31