De Vries tops opening day of Bahrain F2 testing
McLaren-backed youngster Nyck de Vries set the pace on the opening day of Formula 2’s final pre-season test in Bahrain.
F2 has gathered at Sakhir for three days of running with the new F2/18 before next month’s opening round at the circuit in support of Formula 1.
Prema driver de Vries clocked a time of 1m43.785s during the afternoon running in warm and sunny conditions to finish 0.170 seconds clear of Charouz’s Louis Deletraz.
Luca Ghiotto led the way during the morning session and his time proved quick enough to place third overall for Campos.
F3 champion Lando Norris, who bagged the fastest time of the Paul Ricard test, took fourth, 0.009s behind Ghiotto.
Arjun Maini finished fifth, the Haas development driver preparing for his first season in Formula 2 with Trident, while Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco claimed sixth spot for new team Charouz.
Ralph Boschung (MP Motorsport), Maximilian Gunther (Arden), Sergio Sette Camara (Carlin) and Jack Aitken (ART Grand Prix) rounded out the top 10.
Mercedes F1 reserve George Russell finished half a tenth behind teammate Aitken in 11th, with last year’s runner-up Artem Markelov 13th for Russian Time.
Roberto Merhi and Roy Nissany tested once more for MP Motorsport and Campos respectively, with the teams still yet to confirm their line-ups, and classified 16th and 19th.
Nicholas Latifi finished at the foot of the 20-driver timesheets as he returned to action for DAMS after missing the first test through illness.
|Pos. ||Driver|| |
|1||Nyck de Vries||Prema ||1'44.944||1'43.785|
|2||Louis Deletraz||Charouz Racing System||1'44.549||1'43.955|
|3|| Luca Ghiotto ||Campos Racing ||1'44.042||1'44.051|
|5 ||Arjun Maini||Trident||1'44.919||1'44.115|
|6||Antonio Fuoco||Charouz Racing System||1'44.435||1'44.202|
|7 ||Ralph Boschung||MP Motorsport||1'45.214||1'44.327|
|8|| Maximilian Gunther ||BWT Arden||1'44.603||1'44.410|
|9|| Sergio Sette Camara ||Carlin||1'45.225||1'44.444|
|10||Jack Aitken||ART Grand Prix||2'28.722||1'44.448|
|11||George Russell||ART Grand Prix||2'20.779||1'44.505|
|12||Tadasuke Makino||RUSSIAN TIME||1'45.369||1'44.637|
|13 ||Artem Markelov||RUSSIAN TIME||1'44.657||1'44.644|
|14 ||Sean Gelael||Prema ||1'45.920||1'44.683|
|15||Nirei Fukuzumi||BWT Arden||1'44.711||1'49.230|
|16 ||Roberto Merhi||MP Motorsport||1'45.800||1'44.806|
|17 ||Santino Ferrucci||Trident||1'45.935||1'44.820|
|19||Roy Nissany||Campos Racing ||1'45.022||1'45.923|
|20 ||Nicholas Latifi||DAMS||1'45.600||1'45.893|
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