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Hauger leads Hadjar by 0.001s in Melbourne F2 practice

by Peter Allen

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Dennis Hauger topped Formula 2 practice in Melbourne by just one thousandth of a second over Isack Hadjar.

There was an early red flag after Amaury Cordeel locked up into the first corner gravel trap, where he then turned left towards the barriers and got stuck, bringing an early end to his session.

When the action resumed, Victor Martins when fastest by 0.074 seconds ahead of ART Grand Prix team-mate Zak O’Sullivan, with Prema pair Andrea Kimi Antonelli and Ollie Bearman slotting into third and fourth.

The track evolved quickly, with Gabriel Bortoleto then going quickest by 1.3s, before he and Hauger traded top spot several times.

Antonelli, one of three drivers experiencing the Albert Park track for the first time, had a brief spell at the head of the times with 17 minutes remaining. That came just after team-mate Bearman, returning to F2 machinery after his Formula 1 debut in Jeddah, had a moment in turn 6 and did well to stay out of the gravel and the barriers.

Hauger then returned to first place with a time of 1m29.654s, almost half a second clear of the field.

Hadjar gradually improved his times in the latter part of the session, joining Hauger in the 1m29s when he climbed above Antonelli into second place with eight minutes remaining, before falling just 0.001s short of the benchmark inside the final five minutes.

A second red flag effectively ended the session with three minutes remaining after Rafael Villagomez spun through turn 1 and struggled to get going again.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Dennis Hauger MP Motorsport 1m29.654s 17
2 Isack Hadjar Campos Racing 1m29.655s +0.001s 18
3 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema 1m30.127s +0.473s 17
4 Zane Maloney Rodin Motorsport 1m30.258s +0.604s 18
5 Richard Verschoor Trident 1m30.333s +0.679s 18
6 Kush Maini Virtuosi Racing 1m30.342s +0.688s 15
7 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m30.367s +0.713s 18
8 Gabriel Bortoleto Virtuosi Racing 1m30.373s +0.719s 18
9 Roman Stanek Trident 1m30.383s +0.729s 16
10 Zak O’Sullivan ART Grand Prix 1m30.714s +1.060s 19
11 Ollie Bearman Prema 1m30.721s +1.067s 17
12 Joshua Duerksen PHM Racing 1m30.782s +1.128s 16
13 Ritomo Miyata Rodin Motorsport 1m30.838s +1.184s 19
14 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m30.859s +1.205s 17
15 Paul Aron Hitech GP 1m30.882s +1.228s 18
16 Jak Crawford DAMS 1m31.238s +1.584s 16
17 Juan Manuel Correa DAMS 1m31.295s +1.641s 15
18 Taylor Barnard PHM Racing 1m31.315s +1.661s 16
19 Enzo Fittipaldi Van Amersfoort Racing 1m31.412s +1.758s 15
20 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m31.855s +2.201s 17
21 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m31.879s +2.225s 13
22 Amaury Cordeel Hitech GP 1m52.785s +23.131s 4