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Luca Ghiotto fastest in Barcelona Formula 2 free practice

by Kyran Gibbons

Photo: Glenn Dunbar / FIA F2 Championship

Luca Ghiotto was comfortably fastest in free practice for the third Formula 2 round of the season at Barcelona.

The Virtuosi Racing driver ended up 0.404 seconds clear of championship leader Nicholas Latifi at the top of the timesheet, after having been the first driver to dip into the 1m29s.

Ghiotto managed two laps good enough to claim top spot and as DAMS’ Latifi edged to within 0.3s of the Italian’s first benchmark, the pacesetter lowered his time to an unassailable 1m29.462s.

These times were set after a red flag delayed the qualifying simulation runs, when Sauber Junior Team member Juan Manuel Correa looped his Charouz Racing System-ran car at the final corner and ended up beached in the gravel.

Latifi, who was blocked at the chicane by MP Motorsport’s Mahaveer Raghunathan on his first run prior to the red flag, ended up only narrowly ahead of third-placed Sean Gelael on the final timesheet.

Prema driver Gelael built up to his personal best with several early laps, demoting Ghiotto’s team-mate Guan Yu Zhou to an eventual fourth place. Unlike Gelael, Zhou vaulted straight to his provisional third place on his first timed lap after the start of his session was delayed with work being done to his car.

Sergio Sette Camara was fifth for DAMS, ahead of Baku feature race winner and Campos Racing driver Jack Aitken.

Carlin suffered a mixed session, with Nobuharu Matsushita ending up seventh while Louis Deletraz occupied 16th after only managing to complete seven laps and losing all of his race simulation running to a technical gremlin.

Ferrari junior Mick Schumacher was eighth for Prema, beating Nyck de Vries (ART Grand Prix) – who improved late in the session – and reigning GP3 champion Anthoine Hubert (Arden International).

Trident’s Ralph Boschung suffered a huge snap of oversteer on the exit of the high-speed right-hander Turn 9. The Swiss scooped up the spectacular slide and ended the session with his car intact and in 11th place.

While his team-mate Correa’s session ended after just three laps, Callum Ilott managed 19 en route to 12th on the timesheet.


Free Practice results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Luca Ghiotto Virtuosi Racing 1m29.462s
2 Nicholas Latifi DAMS +0.404s
3 Sean Gelael Prema +0.493s
4 Guan Yu Zhou Virtuosi Racing +0.546s
5 Sergio Sette Camara DAMS +0.611s
6 Jack Aitken Campos Racing +0.656s
7 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin +0.766s
8 Mick Schumacher Prema +0.899s
9 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix +0.909s
10 Anthoine Hubert Arden International +0.940s
11 Ralph Boschung Trident +1.162s
12 Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +1.220s
13 Jordan King MP Motorsport +1.257s
14 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix +1.280s
15 Dorian Boccolacci Campos Racing +1.473s
16 Louis Deletraz Carlin +1.598s
17 Giuliano Alesi Trident +2.239s
18 Tatiana Calderon Arden International +2.900s
19 Mahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport +3.940s
20 Juan Manuel Correa Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +16.368s