ART Grand Prix’s Christian Lundgaard topped the first morning of Formula 2 testing at Barcelona.
It took half an hour until the first timed lap was posted, with Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung posting a 1m50.310s and being joined a few minutes later on track by his team-mate Gianluca Petecof and the two MP Motorsport drivers.
There wasn’t much of a chance for anyone else to set a lap after that as Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala came to a stop at turn 1 and red flags were waved.
The restart after that was short-lived as Prema’s Oscar Piastri also hit trouble at turn 3 and it wasn’t until the second hour that more drivers went out on slick tyres.
Virtuosi Racing’s Felipe Drugovich was first to demote Boschung from top spot, and there wasn’t a representative pace compared to 2020 set until 80 minutes in when ART Grand Prix’s Christian Lundgaard and Hitech GP’s Juri Vips became the first drivers to lap sub-1m30s.
There was little in improvements after that though, with Lundgaard going faster by a few tenths to end to the session on a 1m29.594s and Drugovich bettering Vips to go second fastest with a 1m29.772s.
Vips and team-mate Liam Lawson ended up third and fourth, just hundredths of a second ahead of MP’s Lirim Zendeli and Virtuosi’s late improver Guanyu Zhou.
Petecof caused the final red flag of the session with a spin into the gravel after turn 2, but was one of five drivers, along with his team-mate, Zhou, MP’s Richard Verschoor and 21st-fastest Robert Shwartzman (Prema) who were on track when the chequered flag waved.
|1||Christian Lundgaard||ART Grand Prix||1m29.594s||34|
|3||Juri Vips||Hitech GP||1m29.988s||+0.394s||26|
|4||Liam Lawson||Hitech GP||1m30.006s||+0.412s||26|
|5||Lirim Zendeli||MP Motorsport||1m30.078s||+0.484s||39|
|8||Ralph Boschung||Campos Racing||1m30.259s||+0.665s||31|
|10||Richard Verschoor||MP Motorsport||1m30.519s||+0.925s||40|
|16||Theo Pourchaire||ART Grand Prix||1m30.738s||+1.144s||33|
|17||Gianluca Petecof||Campos Racing||1m30.882s||+1.288s||30|
|18||Matteo Nannini||HWA Racelab||1m30.953s||+1.359s||30|
|19||David Beckmann||Charouz Racing System||1m30.973s||+1.379s||32|
|20||Guilherme Samaia||Charouz Racing System||1m31.305s||+1.711s||31|
|22||Alessio Deledda||HWA Racelab||1m37.100s||+7.506s||7|