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Nicholas Latifi heads DAMS one-two in F2 Sochi free practice

by Ida Wood

Photo: FIA Formula 2

Nicholas Latifi led his DAMS team-mate Sergio Sette Camara by nearly a third of a second in Formula 2 free practice in Sochi.

The pair traded places at the top, with Latifi setting his best lap with over 10 minutes left of the session to go.

Championship leader Nyck de Vries was third fastest for ART Grand Prix, half a second back, and had a relatively quiet session bar a moment when the slow moving Dutchman obstructed the path of Campos Racing’s Jack Aitken and the Briton had to bounce over the kerbs to avoid him.

The positions at the top were established midway through the session, with Virtuosi Racing’s Luca Ghiotto and Carlin duo Nobuharu Matsushita and Louis Deletraz completing the top six.

Aitken was the last driver to get within a second of Latifi in seventh.

Trident’s Ralph Boschung was 12th fastest on his championship return, with local drivers Matevos Isaakyan (Sauber Junior Team by Charouz) and Artem Markelov (Arden International) down in 16th and 20th.


Free Practice results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m48.885s
2 Sergio Sette Camara DAMS +0.330s
3 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix +0.525s
4 Luca Ghiotto Virtuosi Racing +0.689s
5 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin +0.702s
6 Louis Deletraz Carlin +0.890s
7 Jack Aitken Campos Racing +0.948s
8 Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +1.126s
9 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix +1.205s
10 Mick Schumacher Prema +1.241s
11 Jordan King MP Motorsport +1.422s
12 Ralph Boschung Trident +1.596s
13 Sean Gelael Prema +1.612s
14 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi Racing +1.767s
15 Giuliano Alesi Trident +1.791s
16 Matevos Isaakyan Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +2.359s
17 Tatiana Calderon Arden International +2.873s
18 Marino Sato Campos Racing +3.279s
19 Mahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport +4.103s
20 Artem Markelov Arden International +4.359s