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Martins causes delayed start to F2 practice, then goes fastest

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

ART Grand Prix’s Victor Martins was fastest in Formula 2 practice at Monza.

The session was delayed by 10 minutes after Martins stalled exiting the support paddock and none of the other F2 cars could get past him, and when practice did begin only a few cars headed out to set laps.

MP Motorsport’s Jehan Daruvala was the early pacesetter, a 1m32.869s putting him 0.766 seconds ahead of Rodin Carlin’s Enzo Fittipaldi in second place.

Laptimes improved dramatically after that, and a third of the way through the 45-minute session it was an MP one-two but with Dennis Hauger leading Daruvala by 0.019s after setting a 1m34.611s. Having been third ealier on, Carlin’s Zane Maloney still held that position with a 1m34.708s lap, and Prema’s Ollie Bearman was fourth.

A lap later Bearman went to the top, as more than half of the field improved. Martins and DAMS’ Arthur Leclerc were within 0.1s of Bearman’s 1m33.714s, and Van Amersfoort Racing’s Richard Verschoor was fourth fastest with a 1m34.027s.

Martins and Verschoor were among the few able to find even more pace in the laps after, with Martins going top by setting a 1m33.462s. Verschoor was briefly second, but had his 1m33.503s effort deleted and it meant PHM Racing by Charouz’s Roy Nissany became Martins’ closest rival with a 1m33.714s.

Halfway through the session another improvement came in from Martins. A 1m33.165s put him 0.303s ahead of team-mate Theo Pourchaire, with Verschoor not matching his previous effort but keeping it between the white lines to go third fastest, half a second off Martins.

DAMS’ Ayumu Iwasa reduced Martins’ advantage to 0.279s with 10 minutes to go of practice, and Martins responded a few minutes later by setting a new fastest first sector but not improving his laptime.

Maloney improved in fourth with six-and-a-half minutes left on the clock, with the top 16 now all within a second of Martins, and Verschoor returned to third a minute later by going just 0.018s slower than Iwasa.

The session was stopped with three minutes to go after Hauger, who was down in 20th and just behind his team-mate, spun and stalled at Parabolica after putting a wheel in the gravel.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m33.165s 17
2 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m33.444s +0.279 15
3 Richard Verschoor Van Amersfoort Racing 1m33.462s +0.297 17
4 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m33.468s +0.303 16
5 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m33.601s +0.436 18
6 Roy Nissany PHM by Charouz 1m33.699s +0.534 16
7 Jak Crawford Hitech GP 1m33.713s +0.548 17
8 Ollie Bearman Prema 1m33.714s +0.549 15
9 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP 1m33.721s +0.556 16
10 Kush Maini Campos Racing 1m33.742s +0.577 17
11 Arthur Leclerc DAMS 1m33.790s +0.625 16
12 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m33.796s +0.631 17
13 Juan Manuel Correa Van Amersfoort Racing 1m33.924s +0.759 16
14 Jack Doohan Virtuosi 1m33.967s +0.802 15
15 Enzo Fittipaldi Carlin 1m33.968s +0.803 16
16 Roman Stanek Trident 1m34.094s +0.929 18
17 Clement Novalak Trident 1m34.220s +1.055 18
18 Frederik Vesti Prema 1m34.293s +1.128 14
19 Jehan Daruvala MP Motorsport 1m34.305s +1.140 16
20 Dennis Hauger MP Motorsport 1m34.444s +1.279 15
21 Amaury Cordeel Virtuosi 1m34.542s +1.377 17
22 Josh Mason PHM by Charouz 1m35.185s +2.020 17