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Ticktum fastest in F2 practice as Pourchaire crashes

by Sam Williams

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Carlin’s Dan Ticktum set the fastest lap in Formula 2 free practice at Silverstone.

The session had its fair share of action early on with the timesheets lighting up.

Christian Lungaard topping the times first, while ART Grand Prix team-mate Theo Pourchaire brought out the red flags by pinning and clattering with the barrier at turn seven. It was a rough start for the Frenchman who is recovering from an arm injury sustained in the previous round in Baku.

Once Pourchaire was safely recovered and back in the pits, the session resumed.

HWA Racelab’s Alessio Deledda and Jack Aitken had a glimpse in the top 10, sitting in eighth and fifth respectively at the sessions pause. But as more competitive times came in from elsewhere, they would drop down the field.

Towards the halfway point, the fight for the fastest lap picked up. Title contender Oscar Piastri moved to the top, but as more improvements arrived, so did the red flags. Deledda spun and stalled, temporally stopping the session.

It was only a few minutes before a restart, as drivers went out hoping to improve in the final stages of the session.

A new personal best from Virtuosi Racing’s championship leader Guanyu Zhou brought him up from 14th to sixth, and Hitech GP’s Liam Lawson moved up to ninth place.

However, It wasn’t until the session entered the final minutes the order started dramatically changing. Williams junior Ticktum, who had been sat in second behind Piastri, went fastest with a stellar lap, closely followed by Piastri after he responded to being bumped down to second place.

Hitech’s Juri Vips was third after two improvements, and the top five was completed by MP Motorsport’s rookie Richard Verschoor and Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala.

Further efforts from Zhou lifted him higher to sixth, just 0.004 seconds faster than fellow Alpine junior Lundgaard.

MP’s Lirim Zendeli, Lawson and Prema’s Robert Shwartzman completed the top 10.

Free practice results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1m41.750s 17
2 Oscar Piastri Prema 1m41.980s +0.230s 17
3 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m42.060s +0.310s 14
4 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1m42.100s +0.350s 17
5 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1m42.220s +0.470s 16
6 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi 1m42.333s +0.583s 14
7 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1m42.337s +0.587s 17
8 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1m42.451s +0.701s 16
9 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 1m42.501s +0.751s 16
10 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1m42.536s +0.786s 16
11 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m42.605s +0.855s 17
12 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m42.707s +0.957s 16
13 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1m42.707s +0.957s 15
14 Marino Sato Trident 1m42.741s +0.991s 16
15 Bent Viscaal Trident 1m42.933s +1.183s 16
16 Felipe Drugovich Virtuosi 1m43.015s +1.265s 15
17 Matteo Nannini Campos Racing 1m43.101s +1.351s 17
18 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1m43.154s +1.404s 17
19 Jack Aitken HWA Racelab 1m43.480s +1.730s 16
20 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1m43.930s +2.180s 17
21 Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 1m48.804s +7.054s 13
22 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 2m09.466s +27.716s 3