Armstrong fastest on final morning of Bahrain F2 test

Marcus Armstrong topped the times on the final morning session of the FIA Formula 2 Championship pre-season test in Bahrain.

Armstrong fastest on final morning of Bahrain F2 test
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The DAMS driver lit up the timing screens just before the half hour mark with a 1m42.173s effort, which eclipsed the previous benchmark posted by fellow New Zealander Liam Lawson (Hitech Grand Prix) at the Sakhir Circuit.

Following a similar pattern to Tuesday, teams and drivers focussed largely on qualifying simulations in the morning outing, although Armstrong’s session best was 0.4s adrift of Christian Lundgaard’s time which remains the fastest of the test to date.

The top two remained unchanged in the final 90 minutes as F2 rookie Lawson sat second as the chequered flag flew, just 0.045s shy of Armstrong.

Juri Vips completed a strong showing for Hitech Grand Prix in third with the Estonian a mere six thousandths of a second slower than his teammate Lawson.

Guanyu Zhou (UNI Virtuosi) ended the session in fourth, albeit within a tenth of Armstrong, having recorded the equal most mileage in the outing, logging 47 laps in total.

MP Motorsport’s Lirim Zendeli was fifth, just three thousandths faster than Prema Racing’s Robert Shwartzman, as 0.186s covered the top six in what proved to be the closest session so far.

Ralph Boschung was the top Campos Racing runner in seventh as Richard Verschoor (MP Motorsport), FIA Formula 3 champion Oscar Piastri (Prema Racing) and Felipe Drugovich (UNI Virtuosi) completed the top 10.

Tuesday’s pacesetters Lundgaard (ART Grand Prix) and Dan Ticktum (Carlin) found themselves in 14th and 20th respectively.

Ticktum’s teammate Jehan Daruvala, who was second fastest yesterday afternoon, was a tenth further back in 21st position.

Only a short red flag stoppage after the halfway mark interrupted the session as the entire field completed valuable mileage.

A total of 690 laps were completed with Vips' 13 laps the lowest amount undertaken by any one driver.

Teams will be back in action later today for the final session of the test which concludes at 2pm GMT.

The F2 paddock will then reconvene at the same venue for the season opener on 26-28 March.

Results:

Pos  Time   Laps   Driver   Team
1 1'42.173 22  Marcus Armstrong DAMS
2 1'42.218 13  Liam Lawson Hitech Grand Prix
3 1'42.224 36  Jüri Vips Hitech Grand Prix
4 1'42.234 47  Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi
5 1'42.356 22  Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport
6 1'42.359 20  Robert Shwartzman Prema Racing
7 1'42.427 23  Ralph Boschung Campos Racing
8 1'42.522 24  Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport
9 1'42.527 22  Oscar Piastri Prema Racing
10 1'42.570 45  Felipe Drugovich UNI-Virtuosi
11 1'42.587 48  David Beckmann Charouz Racing System
12 1'42.590 25  Roy Nissany DAMS
13 1'42.595 40  Théo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix
14 1'42.674 40  Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix
15 1'42.815 34  Bent Viscaal Trident
16 1'42.920 43  Marino Sato Trident
17 1'43.159 31  Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab
18 1'43.219 24  Gianluca Petecof Campos Racing
19 1'43.283 47  Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System
20 1'43.496 24  Dan Ticktum Carlin
21 1'43.585 24  Jehan Daruvala Carlin
22 1'45.076 36  Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab
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