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Nikita Mazepin leads final day of Abu Dhabi F2 test for Carlin

by Peter Allen

Photo: Joe Portlock / LAT Images / FIA F2 Championship

Nikita Mazepin posted the best time on the third and final day of the Formula 2 post-season test in Abu Dhabi, which ended with ended with a late rain shower.

Testing for Carlin, Mazepin posted a 1m50.473s inside the first half hour of the morning session, in which he later triggered a red flag.

His time, three tenths of a second off the best set by Louis Deletraz on Thursday, remained the quickest time through the morning and also the afternoon, where Mick Schumacher went top with a 1m51.569s with 40 minutes remaining.

The cars had returned to the track for their final runs when the rain fell with around 15 minutes to go, causing all drivers to return to the pits, and although many did re-emerge, times were off the pace.

That left the fastest times from the morning as the best of the day, with Mazepin leading Virtuosi signing Callum Ilott by 0.029 seconds.

Deletraz was third for Charouz ahead of Ralph Boschung of MP Motorsport and DAMS recruit Dan Ticktum as the last drivers to go beneath 1m51s.

Robert Shwartzman was sixth for Prema in front of Yuki Tsunoda from Carlin, Virtuosi’s Guanyu Zhou, Pedro Piquet at Charouz and Prema driver Schumacher.


Day three results
Pos Driver Team Morning Afternoon
1 Nikita Mazepin Carlin 1m50.473s 1m56.290s
2 Callum Ilott Virtuosi 1m50.502s 1m51.657s
3 Louis Deletraz Charouz 1m50.623s 1m52.412s
4 Ralph Boschung MP 1m50.783s 1m52.525s
5 Dan Ticktum DAMS 1m50.916s 1m51.748s
6 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1m51.085s 1m52.734s
7 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin 1m51.118s 1m52.224s
8 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi 1m51.129s 1m52.428s
9 Pedro Piquet Charouz 1m51.158s 1m57.055s
10 Mick Schumacher Prema 1m51.171s 1m51.569s
11 Felipe Drugovich MP 1m51.341s 1m53.686s
12 Christian Lundgaard ART 1m51.429s 1m56.546s
13 Niko Kari Campos 1m51.467s 1m52.510s
14 Marcus Armstrong ART 1m51.494s 1m56.393s
15 Sean Gelael DAMS 1m51.547s 1m53.578s
16 Artem Markelov HWA 1m51.780s 1m52.060s
17 Marino Sato Trident 1m51.899s 1m53.036s
18 Giuliano Alesi HWA 1m51.972s 1m52.199s
19 Guilherme Samaia Campos 1m52.223s 1m57.061s
20 Roy Nissany Trident 1m53.057s 1m52.998s