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Sergio Sette Camara sets F2 free practice pace at Abu Dhabi

by Elliot Wood

Sergio Sette Camara led a DAMS one-two in free practice for the Formula 2 season finale at Abu Dhabi.

It was MP Motorsport’s Mahaveer Raghunathan who set the pace at the start, before the usual frontrunners came to the fore.

Carlin’s Louis Deletraz was next to move to the top, before F2 champion and Mercedes-Benz Formula E driver lowered the benchmark laptime to under two minutes.

The times continued to drop dramatically, with Sette Camara setting his 1m51.941s lap before the halfway point of the session.

There was no change at the front after that, with Sette Camara’s DAMS team-mate Nicholas Latifi moving up to second place, just 0.001s faster than Virtuosi Racing’s Guanyu Zhou.

Sauber junior Callum Ilott was only a little further back in fourth, with early pacesetter Deletraz completing the top five.

The session ended several minutes early when Ilott’s team-mate Matevos Isaakyan crashed at Turn 19 and brought out the red flags.

 

Free Practice results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Sergio Sette Camara DAMS 1m51.941s
2 Nicholas Latifi DAMS +0.171s
3 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi Racing +0.172s
4 Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +0.199s
5 Louis Deletraz Carlin +0.215s
6 Luca Ghiotto Virtuosi Racing +0.259s
7 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin +0.362s
8 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix +0.420s
9 Mick Schumacher Prema +0.437s
10 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix +0.712s
11 Jack Aitken Campos Racing +0.716s
12 Jordan King MP Motorsport +0.866s
13 Artem Markelov Arden International +1.110s
14 Sean Gelael Prema +1.469s
15 Marino Sato Campos Racing +2.195s
16 Matevos Isaakyan Sauber Junior Team by Charouz +2.355s
17 Giuliano Alesi Trident +2.560s
18 Christian Lundgaard Trident +2.924s
19 Tatiana Calderon Arden International +2.960s
20 Mahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport +3.269s