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Lundgaard quickest on opening day of F2 in-season testing

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Christian Lundgaard set the pace in both sessions at the Barcelona on the first day of Formula 2’s in-season test at the circuit.

MP Motorsport was the first team on track in the afternoon, with Richard Verschoor laying down an early 1m30.309s benchmark in the opening minutes while his team-mate Lirim Zendeli hit the barriers and the session to be stopped after just 11 minutes and with only five drivers having set a lap.

It was a lengthy red flag period too, and when the session restarted there wasn’t actually many drivers getting close to the MP pair’s laptimes.

Hitech GP’s Liam Lawson surpassed team-mate and fellow Red Bull junior Juri Vups to go third after 40 minutes of the three hours of running given to the team, but almost a second off Verschoor, and the top five were covered by over two seconds.

The next red flag stoppage came a few minutes into the second hour when DAMS’ Roy Nissany made contact with the barriers at the high-speed turn 9, by which point Charouz Racing System’s David Beckmann and Guilherme Samaia had risen to fifth and sixth behind the MP and Hitech drivers.

Lawson then bettered Zendeli to go second, but Verschoor improved by two tenths after the session restarted again to keep himself comfortably in first place.

Verschoor, currently on a test-only deal, remained on top for another hour before ART Grand Prix’s Christian Lundgaard broke into the 1m29s as he had when he topped the morning session.

His team-mate Theo Pourchaire rose to third too, just 0.002 seconds off Verschoor’s long-standing 1m30.165s lap.

There was no further improvements in the top 10 until the final 10 minutes, when most drivers actually returned to the pits. DAMS’ Marcus Armstrong shot up the order to go fourth with a 1m30.617s, and then Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung went sixth fastest with seven minutes to go. That put him just ahead of Zendeli, who didn’t return to track after the red flag.

Lundgaard’s 1m29.817s lap didn’t surpass his morning effort, but only 15 drivers attempted afternoon qualifying simulations. Trident’s Marino Sato in 16th was 4.676s off Lundgaard’s pace, with frontrunners such as Virtuosi Racing’s Guanyu Zhou and Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala and Dan Ticktum even further back as they focused on long runs.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1m29.827s 45
2 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1m30.165s +0.338s 45
3 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m30.167s +0.340s 42
4 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1m30.617s +0.790s 46
5 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 1m30.739s +0.912s 41
6 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m30.755s +0.929s 41
7 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1m30.767s +0.940s 6
8 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1m30.824s +0.997s 31
9 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m30.956s +1.129s 39
10 Felipe Drugovich Virtuosi 1m31.075s +1.248s 43
11 Bent Viscaal Trident 1m31.198s +1.371s 36
12 Oscar Piastri Prema 1m31.350s +1.523s 24
13 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1m31.440s +1.613s 23
14 Gianluca Petecof Campos Racing 1m31.532s +1.705s 40
15 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1m31.575s +1.748s 31
16 Marino Sato Trident 1m34.503s +4.676s 40
17 Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 1m34.629s +4.802s 7
18 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi 1m35.235s +5.408s 51
19 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1m35.511s +5.684s 47
20 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 1m35.787s +5.960s 35
21 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1m35.856s +6.038s 46
22 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m36.166s +6.339s 14