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Luca Ghiotto quickest in Silverstone F2 practice

by Peter Allen

Luca Ghiotto set the pace in Formula 2 free practice at Silverstone ahead of Nicholas Latifi.

Virtuosi driver Ghiotto was later out on track for the traditional qualifying simulations at the start of the 45-minute session, and took top spot away from Sergio Sette Camara around 20 minutes in by the best part of half a second.

While most drivers focused on race runs, some went again for flying laps during the second half of the session. Campos driver Jack Aitken, having been quickest early on, took second from Sette Camara before Latifi claimed the place, 0.115 seconds behind Ghiotto.

Ghiotto?s team-mate Guanyu Zhou went third ahead of Aitken, with Sette Camara ending up fifth.

Championship leader Nyck de Vries was an early pace-setter and ended up sixth ahead of Arjun Maini, who was another improver in the latter part of the session in his second outing of the year with Campos.

Louis Deletraz was eighth, recovering from early contact with Sean Gelael at Brooklands that sent the Prema driver into a spin and then to the pits with suspension damage. The incident is to be investigated.

Deletraz was just 0.005s ahead of Carlin team-mate Nobuharu Matsushita, with Jordan King rounding out the top 10, ahead of Mick Schumacher.

Dorian Boccolacci was 15th in his first session with Trident, one place ahead of compatriot Anthoine Hubert.


Practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Luca Ghiotto UNI-Virtuosi 1:39.166 18
2 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:39.281 0.115 20
3 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 1:39.327 0.161 18
4 Jack Aitken Campos Racing 1:39.554 0.388 17
5 Sergio Sette Camara DAMS 1:39.622 0.456 20
6 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 1:39.692 0.526 22
7 Arjun Maini Campos Racing 1:39.899 0.733 20
8 Louis Deletraz Carlin 1:40.034 0.868 21
9 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin 1:40.039 0.873 22
10 Jordan King MP Motorsport 1:40.062 0.896 21
11 Mick Schumacher Prema Racing 1:40.141 0.975 17
12 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1:40.154 0.988 21
13 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:40.452 1.286 19
14 Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 1:40.735 1.569 22
15 Dorian Boccolacci Trident 1:40.779 1.613 17
16 Anthoine Hubert BWT Arden 1:40.789 1.623 21
17 Juan Manuel Correa Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 1:40.878 1.712 21
18 Tatiana Calderon BWT Arden 1:41.841 2.675 20
19 Mahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport 1:42.792 3.626 19
20 Sean Gelael Prema Racing 2:00.608 21.442 3