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Iwasa tops tight Formula 2 practice at Silverstone

by Steve Whitfield

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DAMS driver Ayumu Iwasa edged Victor Martins to the fastest time in Formula 2 free practice at Silverstone.

Iwasa recorded a 1m41.593s moments before a late red flag to top the timesheet by 0.060 seconds ahead of Alpine juniors Martins and Jack Doohan.

The 45-minute session began with a close call in the pitlane, with ART Grand Prix’s Theo Pourchaire released into the path of Ralph Boschung and the incident noted by race control.

Iwasa was first to post a timed lap, recording a 1m43.213s before Martins went quickest with a 1m42.690s. Martins then lowered the pace further to 1m42.067s as the session reached the 15-minute mark, with Doohan moving into second ahead of Rodin Carlin’s Enzo Fittipaldi.

Doohan then took over at the top by lapping almost 0.3s faster than Martins, with Pourchaire then climbing to second and Fittipaldi improving to third.

Red flags were shown approaching the session’s halfway stage when Van Amersfoort Racing’s Juan Manuel Correa slid off at Copse and became beached in the gravel.

Practice resumed with just over 16 minutes left on the clock, and Martins soon improved to 1m41.883s to take second away from team-mate Pourchaire. Martins then went quicker still, recording a 1m41.653s to lead the way by 0.1s.

There was a virtual safety car period in the closing stages after Dennis Hauger spun to a halt at Brooklands, with green flags shown again inside the final five minutes. 

Iwasa then snatched first place away from Martins with a 1m41.593s before the session was prematurely brought to an end when Clement Novalak spun into gravel on the exit of Stowe and brought red flags out for a second time.

Doohan set a personal best laptime just before the stoppage but had to settle for third behind Iwasa and Martins. 

Despite also improving, Fittipaldi was edged to fourth by Arthur Leclerc, while Jak Crawford and Ollie Bearman also went quicker before the red flags to end up sixth and seventh ahead of Pourchaire.

Richard Verschoor, who won last time out, was ninth ahead of Hauger. Prema’s points leader Frederik Vesti had a low-key session and was 14th fastest.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m41.593s 13
2 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m41.653s +0.060s 15
3 Jack Doohan Virtuosi Racing 1m41.719s +0.126s 15
4 Arthur Leclerc DAMS 1m41.810s +0.217s 14
5 Enzo Fittipaldi Carlin 1m41.849s +0.256s 15
6 Jak Crawford Hitech GP 1m41.859s +0.266s 15
7 Ollie Bearman Prema 1m42.002s +0.409s 14
8 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m42.012s +0.419s 15
9 Richard Verschoor Van Amersfoort Racing 1m42.014s +0.421s 14
10 Dennis Hauger Prema 1m42.212s +0.619s 12
11 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP 1m42.285s +0.692s 14
12 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m42.291s +0.698s 15
13 Amaury Cordeel Virtuosi Racing 1m42.394s +0.801s 14
14 Frederik Vesti Prema 1m42.461s +0.868s 14
15 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m42.498s +0.905s 15
16 Jehan Daruvala MP Motorsport 1m42.516s +0.923s 14
17 Roy Nissany PHM by Charouz 1m42.560s +0.967s 14
18 Brad Benavides PHM by Charouz 1m42.648s +1.055s 15
19 Kush Maini Campos Racing 1m42.670s +1.077s 15
20 Clement Novalak Trident 1m42.764s +1.171s 10
21 Roman Stanek Trident 1m42.910s +1.317s 10
22 Juan Manuel Correa Van Amersfoort Racing 1m43.214s +1.621s 8