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Verschoor fastest in red-flagged first afternoon of F2 testing

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Richard Verschoor went fastest for Van Amersfoort Racing on the first afternoon of Formula 2 post-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit.

Campos Racing’s Kush Maini set the pace early on in the three-hour session, heading team-mate Ralph Boschung and MP Motorsport’s morning pacesetter Dennis Hauger.

After 20 minutes Boschung was demoted to third by Hitech GP’s Isack Hadjar, while Hauger was shuffled down to fifth by his test team-mate Jehan Daruvala.

Maini lowered the pace but by the half-hour mark had been knocked from first place by Hauger, who set a 1m37.309s.

ART Grand Prix’s Victor Martins and DAMS’ Ayumu Iwasa were the only two drivers yet to set representative laptimes when the first red flag of the session occurred after 51 minutes when Trident’s Roman Stanek came to a halt on track.

Daruvala moved into second place once test action resumed, with multiple drivers being given reminders by race control due to conducting practice starts in the wrong place.

Prema duo Ollie Bearman and Frederik Vesti had risen into the top five prior to the red flag stoppage, and Vesti then moved ahead of his team-mate after that to go third fastest.

He had no answer to Hauger though, who brought the pace down into the 1m36s as the track temperature dropped.

Bearman improved to go second fastest, over half a second off Hauger’s pace, then he was bettered by Vesti as the session moved into its final hour.

There was then another red flag period with 47 minutes to go, as Hitech’s Jak Crawford spun off at turn two. The impact damaged the barriers and they required repairs before testing could resume once more.

The drivers were left with half an hour of running once the track went green again, and with even lower temperatures the pace improved even more.

Stanek became the second driver to lap sub-1m37s, then ART GP’s Theo Pourchaire and Iwasa joined him at that pace.

Hauger was eventually knocked off top spot by Verschoor in the final 10 minutes. He set a 1m36.395s, putting him just three thousandths of a second ahead of Vesti after he and Bearman found more pace and demoted Hauger to fourth.

Verschoor will switch from VAR’s #24 car to the #25 for the second day of testing, as Juan Manuel Correa replaces Rafael Villagomez in the team’s test line-up.

Afternoon session results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Richard Verschoor VAR 1m36.395s 46
2 Frederik Vesti Prema 1m36.398s +0.003s 32
3 Ollie Bearman Prema 1m36.558s +0.163s 31
4 Dennis Hauger MP Motorsport 1m36.574s +0.179s 29
5 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1m36.773s +0.378s 34
6 Theo Pourchaire ART GP 1m36.844s +0.449s 14
7 Kush Maini Campos Racing 1m36.901s +0.506s 34
8 Roman Stanek Trident 1m36.923s +0.528s 40
9 Victor Martins ART GP 1m36.966s +0.571s 21
10 Arthur Leclerc DAMS 1m37.067s +0.672s 38
11 Jehan Daruvala MP Motorsport 1m37.142s +0.747s 30
12 Clement Novalak Trident 1m37.143s +0.748s 37
13 Amaury Cordeel Virtuosi 1m37.176s +0.781s 50
14 Roy Nissany Charouz Racing System 1m37.229s +0.834s 45
15 Brad Benavides Charouz Racing System 1m37.878s +1.483s 35
16 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP 1m38.148s +1.753s 38
17 Rafael Villagomez VAR 1m38.825s +2.430s 33
18 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m38.940s +2.545s 37
19 Jack Doohan Virtuosi 1m38.955s +2.560s 59
20 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m39.528s +3.133s 48
21 Jak Crawford Hitech GP 1m39.529s +3.134s 18
22 Enzo Fittipaldi Carlin 1m39.573s +3.178s 50