Deletraz ends F2 post-season testing on top

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Deletraz ends F2 post-season testing on top
Valentin Khorounzhiy
By: Valentin Khorounzhiy
Dec 1, 2018, 4:20 PM

Carlin driver Louis Deletraz reclaimed the top spot as Formula 2's three-day post-season testing concluded in Abu Dhabi.

Rookie Juan Manuel Correa had surpassed Deletraz's opening-day benchmark on Friday, before Luca Ghiotto shaved off a few more hundredths in the penultimate hour of Saturday running.

But Deletraz – who had his maiden F1 test with Haas earlier this week – found another quarter of a second soon after, ending the three-day test with a best time of 1m49.638s.

This was four tenths down on the pole time set by champion George Russell in the final qualifying of the 2018 campaign.

Ghiotto settled for second, while Nicholas Latifi was third, the only other driver to dip below 1m50s on the day.

Latifi had narrowly topped the morning session ahead of GP3 champion Anthoine Hubert.

Guan Yu Zhou, running alongside Ghiotto at Russian Time, was fourth-fastest across the two Saturday sessions, ahead of Latifi's DAMS squadmate Sergio Sette Camara.

GP3 graduate Giuliano Alesi was three thousandths ahead of Nobuharu Matsushita in sixth, with confirmed 2019 rookie Nikita Mazepin in eighth.

Former Red Bull junior Richard Verschoor, completing his first test day in the category after having spent 2018 racing in Formula Renault and GP3, led Eruopean F3 champion Mick Schumacher in ninth.

Jehan Daruvala, Campos Racing

Jehan Daruvala, Campos Racing

Photo by: GP3 Series Media Service

The final day of GP3's farewell test was swept by Jehan Daruvala, driving for Campos Racing.

Daruvala set a 1m55.093s benchmark in the morning and improving that by just 0.003s in the afternoon.

The Indian came up over four tenths short of the best lap of the test, set by Niko Kari – who wasn't driving on Saturday – the day before.

Japanese F4 champion Yuki Tsunoda was a close second to Daruvala, followed by two-litre Formula Renault graduates Logan Sargeant and Yifei Ye.

F2 session results

Pos. Driver Team AM PM
1 Switzerland Louis Deletraz Carlin 1:52.402 1:49.638
2 Italy Luca Ghiotto Russian Time 1:56.145 1:49.904
3 Canada Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:51.312 1:49.976
4 China Guan Yu Zhou Russian Time 1:55.636 1:50.036
5 Brazil Sergio Sette Camara DAMS 1:51.379 1:50.092
6 France Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:55.931 1:50.136
7 Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin 1:52.051 1:50.139
8 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1:56.312 1:50.480
9 Netherlands Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1:51.564 1:50.501
10 Germany Mick Schumacher Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1:56.595 1:50.522
11 United Kingdom Jack Aitken Campos Vexatec Racing 1:51.594 1:50.663
12 Italy Leonardo Pulcini Trident 1:51.857 1:50.718
13 Netherlands Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 1:56.292 1:50.729
14 France Anthoine Hubert MP Motorsport 1:51.323 1:50.790
15 Indonesia Sean Gelael Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1:56.114 1:50.841
16 Japan Marino Sato Campos Vexatec Racing 1:53.315 1:51.202
17 United States Ryan Tveter BWT Arden 1:52.731 1:51.309
18 United States Juan Manuel Correa Charouz Racing System 1:51.359 1:54.232
19 Colombia Tatiana Calderon Charouz Racing System 1:51.583 1:54.924
20 Switzerland Ralph Boschung BWT Arden 1:52.520 1:51.750
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