Albon heads second day of Barcelona F2 test

GP3 runner-up Alexander Albon was quickest on the second day of Formula 2 pre-season testing in Barcelona.

Albon heads second day of Barcelona F2 test
Alexander Albon, ART Grand Prix
Alexander Albon, ART Grand Prix
Alexander Albon, ART Grand Prix
Artem Markelov, RUSSIAN TIME
Roberto Merhi, Campos Racing
Nyck De Vries, Rapax
Johnny Cecotto, Rapax

Albon, who was a close second to ART Grand Prix teammate Nobuharu Matsushita on the opening day of testing, headed Tuesday running with a 1m28.255s lap in the morning session.

The Anglo-Thai driver took over at the top of the timesheets in the second hour of track time, following a circuit inspection red flag.

Rapax's Johnny Cecotto ran Albon close but came up 0.025s short, while Russian Time's Artem Markelov was two tenths off in third, heading Nicholas Latifi (DAMS) and early leader Norman Nato (Arden).

For much of the afternoon, laptimes were nowhere near those set in the morning session, MP Motorsport's Jordan King heading the pack with a low-1m30s effort.

Prema's Ferrari junior duo Antonio Fuoco and Charles Leclerc took over at the top in the final hour, before McLaren protege Nyck de Vries (Rapax) capped off the afternoon session with a 1m29.233s effort – but Albon's best time of the day remained untroubled.

Overall, 12 drivers surpassed Matsushita's Monday benchmark, the Japanese McLaren F1 protege himself last among them.

Ex-F1 driver Roberto Merhi, testing with Campos, found 1.4s compared to his opening day, but was only 18th overall, ahead of Nabil Jeffri and Gustav Malja, who had his morning session times wiped when his car was found to be underweight.

Day 2 results

Pos. Driver Team AM PM
1 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1:28.225 1:33.991
2 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Rapax 1:28.250 1:29.847
3 Artem Markelov Russian Time 1:28.410 1:33.867
4 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:28.429 1:33.813
5 Norman Nato Pertamina Arden 1:28.445 1:34.466
6 Luca Ghiotto Russian Time 1:28.541 1:33.557
7 Oliver Rowland DAMS 1:28.642 1:33.723
8 Antonio Fuoco Prema Racing 1:28.655 1:29.601
9 Jordan King MP Motorsport 1:28.722 1:30.127
10 Charles Leclerc Prema Racing 1:28.805 1:29.602
11 Louis Deletraz Racing Engineering 1:28.887 1:33.864
12 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:29.040 1:34.073
13 Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport 1:29.184 1:34.887
14 Nyck de Vries Rapax 1:29.429 1:29.223
15 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1:29.248 1:30.885
16 Sergio Canamasas Trident 1:29.337 1:30.404
17 Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 1:29.906 1:30.680
18 Roberto Merhi Campos Racing 1:30.085 1:30.052
19 Nabil Jeffri Trident 1:30.588 1:30.518
20 Gustav Malja Racing Engineering   1:32.932

 

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