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Nyck de Vries tops first day of Bahrain F2 test for Prema

by Peter Allen
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Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/LAT Images

Nyck de Vries put Prema on top on the first day of the second and final Formula 2 pre-season test in Bahrain.

De Vries hit the top with 10 minutes of the day remaining, his 1m43.785s putting him 0.12 seconds ahead of Charouz driver Louis Deletraz.

They were the only two drivers to lap underneath the morning benchmark of 1m44.042s set by Luca Ghiotto for Campos.

Lando Norris took third in the afternoon for Carlin ahead of Trident’s Arjun Maini and the second Charouz driver Antonio Fuoco.

Ghiotto was seventh behind Ralph Boschung and ahead of Maximilian Gunther and Sergio Sette Camara.

Jack Aitken beat ART team-mate George Russell to round out the top 10, after the pair had sat bottom of the times in the morning, more than 35 seconds off the pace despite having the first and third highest lap counts.

Charouz drivers Fuoco and Deletraz were second and third in the morning, with Arden drivers Gunther and Nirei Fukuzumi in fourth and sixth, separated by Artem Markelov.

De Vries came ninth behind Alex Albon and Maini.

Day one times

Pos Driver Team Morning Afternoon
1 Nyck de Vries Prema Racing 1:44.944 1:43.785
2 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 1:44.549 1:43.905
3 Luca Ghiotto Campos Racing 1:44.042 1:44.363
4 Lando Norris Carlin 1:45.087 1:44.051
5 Arjun Maini Trident 1:44.919 1:44.115
6 Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 1:44.435 1:44.202
7 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1:45.214 1:44.327
8 Maximilian Gunther Arden 1:44.603 1:44.410
9 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1:45.225 1:44.444
10 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 2:28.722 1:44.448
11 George Russell ART Grand Prix 2:20.779 1:44.505
12 Tadasuke Makino Russian Time 1:45.369 1:44.637
13 Artem Markelov Russian Time 1:44.657 1:44.644
14 Sean Gelael Prema Racing 1:45.920 1:44.683
15 Nirei Fukuzumi Arden 1:44.711 1:49.230
16 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1:45.800 1:44.806
17 Santino Ferrucci Trident 1:45.935 1:44.820
18 Alexander Albon DAMS 1:44.868 1:46.217
19 Roy Nissany Campos Racing 1:45.022 1:45.923
20 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:45.600 1:45.893