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Yuki Tsunoda leads Carlin one-two in Silverstone F2 practice

by Josh Suttill

Red Bull Honda protege Yuki Tsunoda led a Carlin one-two in a hot Formula 2 free practice session at Silverstone.

Tsunoda, who sits 12th in the standings after the opening three rounds, sat at the top of the timesheet for the majority of the sole practice session and finished with a 1m40.563s.

The 20-year-old’s session wasn’t all plain sailing as he spun and re-joined the circuit at Brooklands with around 10 minutes left on the clock, but the Japanese driver has topped three of the four practice sessions this season.

Tsunoda’s best effort was over four-tenths quicker than his team-mate Jehan Daruvala, who is one place behind Tsunoda in the points table.

Both Carlin drivers tested Dallara F317 cars at Silverstone prior to the F2’s delayed start as preparation for their racing return, and said the test had given them confidence going into this weekend.

MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich ensured an all-rookie top three in the session, with Virtuosi Racing duo Callum Ilott and Guanyu Zhou – on pole at Silverstone last year -rounding out the top five.

DAMS’ Dan Ticktum was sixth-quickest ahead of Haas Formula 1 reserve driver Louis Deletraz (Charouz Racing System) and Hitech GP’s Nikita Mazepin.

The top 10 was rounded out by ART Grand Prix duo Christian Lundgaard and Marcus Armstrong, who both failed to score points at the previous round at the Hungaroring.

Ferrari junior Mick Schumacher beat his 2019 Prema team-mate Sean Gelael (DAMS) to 11th place, with series veteran Luca Ghiotto and championship leader Robert Shwartzman behind.

HWA Racelab’s Giuliano Alesi spun out of practice on the exit of the opening turns after just three completed laps.


Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin 1m40.563s 21
2 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1m41.033s +0.470s 21
3 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 1m41.063s +0.500s 19
4 Callum Ilott Virtuosi Racing 1m41.182s +0.619s 20
5 Guanyu Zhou Virtuosi Racing 1m41.348s +0.785s 20
6 Dan Ticktum DAMS 1m41.357s +0.794s 19
7 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 1m41.428s +0.865s 20
8 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP 1m41.496s +0.933s 18
9 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1m41.512s +0.949s 16
10 Marcus Armstrong ART Grand Prix 1m41.557s +0.994s 20
11 Mick Schumacher Prema 1m41.671s +1.108s 20
12 Sean Gelael DAMS 1m41.718s +1.155s 18
13 Luca Ghiotto Hitech GP 1m41.767s +1.204s 18
14 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1m41.778s +1.215s 19
15 Pedro Piquet Charouz Racing System 1m41.972s +1.409s 20
16 Nobuharu Matsushita MP Motorsport 1m41.994s +1.431s 21
17 Roy Nissany Trident 1m42.221s +1.658s 19
18 Artem Markelov HWA Racelab 1m42.408s +1.845s 22
19 Jack Aitken Campos Racing 1m42.687s +2.124s 17
20 Marino Sato Trident 1m43.326s +2.763s 19
21 Guilherme Samaia Campos Racing 1m44.556s +3.993s 19
22 Giuliano Alesi HWA Racelab 1m59.029s +18.466s 3