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Ticktum on top again on Tuesday afternoon at Bahrain in F2 test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Carlin’s Dan Ticktum returned to the top of the times on the second afternoon of Formula 2 pre-season testing at Bahrain.

Hitech GP’s Juri Vips set the pace through the first 20 minutes of the three-hour session, with Trident’s Bent Viscaal being the first to better him.

Vips’ team-mate Liam Lawson soon outpaced him too for second place, and Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung also went faster.

As Boschung made another improvement that put him past Viscaal by half a second, Charouz Racing System’s Guilherme Samaia put in a stunning lap that was a full 2.495 seconds father than Boschung.

The field stayed spread out on the timesheet after Campos’s Gianluca Petecof brought the action to halt for 20 minutes when he stopped on track, with the Prema and MP drivers still yet to leave the pits.

Prema’s pair went out on track soon after the restart, while MP waited another half-hour and Charouz did the same with David Beckmann.

A 1m48.223s immediately put Beckmann into third when he left the pits, while MP’s drivers took a little longer to warm up. At the mid-point of the session, MP’s Richard Verschoor went fastest through all three sectors and went on top with a 1m45.018s.

His team-mate Lirim Zendeli made a mistake on his next effort, but then went second quickest with a 1m45.542s.

The pair remained one-two through to the end of hour two, when another stoppage occurred when Lawson hit trouble.

Verschoor upped his pace, setting a 1m44.335s, and another Zendeli improvement brought him back into second as drivers went on qualifying simulations once the session resumed.

Just before the third red flag with 40 minutes to go, Virtuosi Racing’s Felipe Drugovich moved into second while HWA Racelab’s Alessio Deledda surprised with a lap that put him in 10th.

Carlin had spent much of the session on development work, but sent out its drivers for two qualifying simulations after the final restart. Monday morning pacesetter Ticktum edged team-mate Jehan Daruvala by 0.003s on run one, good enough for them to go one-two, and when most returned to the pits they went out again and both improved.

Ticktum ended on a 1m42.185s, with Daruvala 0.434s behind.

Boschung briefly got up to third, but in the closing minutes was bettered by Brazilians Drugovich and Samaia.

Zhou, who lost time after the final red flag, benefitted from a near-empty track to go third with just over a minute to go. Petecof managed to return to track after his session-stopping issue, and ended up eighth.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1m42.185s 36
2 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1m42.619s +0.434s 36
3 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi Racing 1m43.114s +0.929s 30
4 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1m43.129s +0.944s 40
5 Felipe Drugovich Virtuosi Racing 1m43.194s +1.009s 34
6 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m44.320s +2.135s 25
7 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1m44.335s +2.150s 20
8 Gianluca Petecof Campos Racing 1m44.569s +2.384s 10
9 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1m44.640s +2.455s 19
10 Bent Viscaal Trident 1m44.879s +2.694s 42
11 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1m45.052s +2.867s 21
12 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1m46.913s +4.728s 45
13 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m47.429s +5.244s 47
14 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m47.497s +5.312s 47
15 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1m47.614s +5.429s 33
16 Marcus Armstrong Hitech GP 1m47.900s +5.715s 44
17 Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 1m47.904s +5.719s 30
18 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 1m48.814s +6.629s 39
19 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m48.974s +6.789s 42
20 Marino Sato Trident 1m49.501s +7.316s 30
21 Oscar Piastri Prema 1m49.824s +7.639s 32
22 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 1m50.445s +8.260s 18