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Nissany tops second morning of F2 Barcelona test with six red flags

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

DAMS driver Roy Nissany set the best time of the morning on day two of the Barcelona Formula 2 in-season test in another session conditioned by red flags.

All the drivers hurried to go out on track early just after the session started, as the weather forecast predicted rain for the second half of the morning.

Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung headed the timing screens in the early stages but Trident’s Richard Verschoor would better his benchmark as the first half an hour of running was completed. Hitech GP’s Marcus Armstrong led the lap counter by that point with a tally of 16 laps completed.

The first red flag of the day was caused by Virtuosi Racing’s Marino Sato 40 minutes into the session. Sato’s engine gave up at the exit of the last corner, which resulted in the car halting at the beginning of the straight. The session resumed once the track was cleared, with Nissany going on to set the fastest time.

More interruptions would come as the session approached its halfway point. Nissany’s team-mate Ayumu Iwasa ran off the track damaging the front of his car, and when the action resumed, Van Amersfoort Racing’s Jake Hughes got beached in the gravel.

A fourth red flag would follow half an hour later, this time caused by Campos’ Ollie Caldwell. The British driver went into the gravel trap as well, but his car didn’t show any apparent damage as it was returned to the pit-lane by the circuit’s recovery service.

A spin for Hitech’s Juri Vips as he entered the last sector brought out the fifth red flag, which wouldn’t be the last one. Another excursion through the gravel for Caldwell caused the sixth and last stoppage of the morning.

Despite the team’s predictions, the rain never came, however, the number of red flags didn’t allow drivers to improve their times or complete continued long runs. Nevertheless, Charouz Racing System’s Enzo Fittipaldi passed the 50-lap mark, with team-mate Cem Bolukbasi absent even though his car has been repaired following his Tuesday crash.

Morning session
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m28.812s 37
2 Richard Verschoor Trident 1m29.328s +0.516s 34
3 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m29.596s +0.784s 23
4 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m29.695s +0.883s 29
5 Calan Williams Trident 1m29.702s +0.890s 40
6 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m29.837s +1.025s 38
7 Liam Lawson Carlin 1m29.898s +1.086s 36
8 Jehan Daruvala Prema 1m30.057s +1.245s 41
9 Olli Caldwell Campos Racing 1m30.245s +1.433s 33
10 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m30.269s +1.457s 26
11 Logan Sargeant Carlin 1m30.385s +1.573s 38
12 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System 1m30.433s +1.621s 52
13 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix 1m30.468s +1.656s 39
14 Dennis Hauger Prema 1m31.288s +2.476s 38
15 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 1m33.369s +4.557s 44
16 Clement Novalak MP Motorsport 1m33.655s +4.843s 40
17 Jack Doohan Virtuosi 1m34.182s +5.370s 49
18 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP 1m34.319s +5.507s 49
19 Amaury Cordeel Van Amersfoort Racing 1m34.331s +5.519s 41
20 Jake Hughes Van Amersfoort Racing 1m35.037s +6.225s 26
21 Marino Sato Virtuosi 1m35.478s +6.666s 13