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Viscaal ends F2 test on top in final session at Barcelona

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Bent Viscaal ended Formula 2’s in-season test, and possibly his time in F2, with the fastest lap in the final session at Barcelona.

HWA Racelab’s Matteo Nannini was the surprise pacesetter for much of the afternoon session, going to the top in the first 10 minutes with a 1m33.039s lap and then improving that down to 1m31.308s and then 1m30.346s over the first two hours of running.

The track wasn’t a hive of activity in the final hour, despite time being lost earlier on to a red flag period caused by Hitech GP’s Liam Lawson hitting the turn 5 wall, and at first it was only Trident that sent out its cars.

Viscaal was already in second place between Nannini and HWA team-mate Alessio Deledda after two hours, and when he went back out he put Trident in first place with a 1m30.280s. The Dutchman is yet to sign with Trident to enter the next round in Monaco.

There was 1.9s back to third place until Viscaal’s team-mate Marino Sato improved to a 1m30.943s, with DAMS’ Marcus Armstrong the fourth and final driver within three seconds of the pace before a red flag period with 25 minutes to go when MP Motorsport’s Richard Verschoor – another yet to confirm his continued presence in F2 – stopped in sector one.

His team-mate Lirim Zendeli was the only driver to improve once the session restarted, going sixth fastest ahead of DAMS’ Roy Nissany, before red flags were out again when Lawson’s car ground to a halt after turn 8.

Lawson had been third fastest early on, but had slipped down to ninth place between Prema’s Robert Shwartzman and Oscar Piastri who set their fastest laps just before the halfway point of the session.

There was one more restart with six minutes to go, but nobody used it to improve on their laptimes and Sato ended up stopping in sector one after the chequered flag.

Virtuosi Racing’s Felipe Drugovich and Guanyu Zhou were over four seconds off the pace down in 16th and 19th, focusing more on race runs and on their last sets of tyres.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Bent Viscaal Trident 1m30.280s 30
2 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 1m30.346s +0.066s 59
3 Marino Sato Trident 1m30.943s +0.663s 22
4 Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 1m32.183s +1.903s 55
5 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1m33.199s +2.919s 44
6 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1m33.271s +2.991s 47
7 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m33.529s +3.249s 55
8 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1m33.572s +3.292s 50
9 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 1m33.782s +3.502s 24
10 Oscar Piastri Prema 1m33.816s +3.536s 57
11 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m34.308s +4.028s 49
12 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m34.502s +4.222s 57
13 Gianluca Petecof Campos Racing 1m34.515s +4.235s 43
14 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1m34.540s +4.260s 37
15 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1m34.693s +4.413s 43
16 Felipe Drugovich Virtuosi 1m34.709s +4.429s 45
17 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1m34.883s +4.603s 45
18 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1m35.075s +4.795s 44
19 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi 1m35.088s +4.808s 54
20 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1m35.106s +4.826s 50
21 Alessio Deledda Charouz Racing System 1m35.120s +4.840s 44
22 Matteo Nannini Charouz Racing System 1m35.310s +5.030s 60