Carlin’s Sergio Sette Camara topped Formula 2 free practice in Baku, which was interrupted by technical issues for several drivers.
Bahrain sprint race winner Artem Markelov and Alexander Albon stopped on track in the first 15 minutes, with Albon doing so near the pit exit. The Virtual Safety Car was required to move the stricken cars.
Prema pair Nyck de Vries and Sean Gelael were first and second at this point, but were quicky displaced by Camara, who then traded lap times with team-mate Lando Norris and Campos Racing’s Luca Ghiotto.
MP Motorsport’s Ralph Boschung also briefly went fastest, and had slipped back behind Camara when the VSC was brought out for its compulsory test use.
Green flags were waved for the final two minutes, with Ghiotto reclaiming second.
DAMS driver Albon recovered from his early issues to claim fourth, ahead of ART Grand Prix’s George Russell, Norris and Russian Time’s Tadisuke Makino.
These top seven drivers were all within a nine tenths of the top time, with a near four tenth gap before the next bunch of cars headed by Charouz Racing System’s Antonio Fuoco.
Notable drivers at the back included Markelov, whose Russian Time car didn’t return to track, and de Vries, who set a late lap to climb to 17th, one place behind Nicholas Latifi.
Free Practice results?
|1||Sergio Sette Camara||Carlin||1m57.136s|
|2||Luca Ghiotto||Campos Racing||+0.072s|
|3||Ralph Boschung||MP Motorsport||+0.493s|
|5||George Russell||ART Grand Prix||+0.826s|
|7||Tadasuke Makino||Russian Time||+0.861s|
|8||Antonio Fuoco||Charouz Racing System||+1.249s|
|12||Roy Nissany||Campos Racing||+1.945s|
|15||Jack Aitken||ART Grand Prix||+2.517s|
|17||Nyck de Vries||Prema||+3.599s|
|18||Louis Deletraz||Charouz Racing System||+3.939s|
|19||Roberto Merhi||MP Motorsport||+4.680s|
|20||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||+29.684s|