Doohan fastest on final day of F2 post-season test
Jack Doohan edged Felipe Drugovich to top the final day of the FIA Formula 2 post-season test at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit.
The Australian FIA F3 graduate continued to impress in F2 machinery, clocking a 1m36.110s to emerge fastest after six hours of running in much cooler conditions compared to the previous two days of the test.
Doohan, driving for Virtuosi Racing, was 0.029s faster than MP Motorsport’s Drugovich. The pair set their personal best times in a morning session that ran without any red flag stoppages.
After stetting the pace on Friday, Drugovich topped the afternoon session but his time was 0.232s shy of Doohan’s pace from the morning outing.
Jehan Daruvala logged the fastest time of the three days courtesy of a 1m35.435 on Thursday. But the Indian, competing for Prema Racing, could only manage a time good enough for seventh in Saturday’s combined times.
Daruvala’s three-day test benchmark proved 0.142 faster than the second best time set by Drugovich on Friday.
Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung closed out a strong performance in the three-day test by clocking the third fastest time of the day, 0.093s adrift of pacesetter Doohan.
Liam Lawson ended his first outing for Carlin in fourth ahead of teammate and Williams Formula 1 junior Logan Sergeant.
ART Grand Prix’s Theo Pourchaire was sixth fastest in front of his fellow 2021 F2 rivals Daruvala, Roy Nissany (DAMS) and Marcus Armstrong (Hitech Grand Prix).
FIA F3 champion Dennis Hauger rounded out the top 10 on the final day in his first competitive F2 outing for Prema Racing. The Norwegian improved as the test progressed, ending the final afternoon session third fastest, although his benchmark was slower than his morning effort.
The afternoon session was not without incident as Boschung and F2 rookie Frederik Vesti forced officials to deploy the red flags twice during the three hour session.
Vesti did however end the day 12th overall to emerge the second fastest rookie behind Hauger.
F2 will return to the track in the new year when pre-season testing begins ahead of a 14-round calendar, beginning in Bahrain from 18-20 March.
Morning session results:
|1||11||Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport||1'35.614||35|
|3||2||Jehan Daruvala||Prema Racing||1'36.228||0.614||47|
|4||10||Théo Pourchaire||ART Grand Prix||1'36.258||0.644||45|
|6||8||Jüri Vips||Hitech Grand Prix||1'36.329||0.715||22|
|7||22||Jake Hughes||Van Amersfoort Racing||1'36.465||0.851||16|
|8||21||Ralph Boschung||Campos Racing||1'36.551||0.937||44|
|10||1||Dennis Hauger||Prema Racing||1'36.618||1.004||26|
|12||20||Olli Caldwell||Campos Racing||1'36.720||1.106||48|
|13||7||Marcus Armstrong||Hitech Grand Prix||1'36.766||1.152||18|
|14||9||Frederik Vesti||ART Grand Prix||1'36.870||1.256||31|
|15||12||Clément Novalak||MP Motorsport||1'36.877||1.263||30|
|17||14||Guilherme Samaia||Charouz Racing System||1'37.020||1.406||36|
|19||15||J.M.Correa||Charouz Racing System||1'37.349||1.735||36|
|22||23||Amaury Cordeel||Van Amersfoort Racing||1'37.916||2.302||21|
Afternoon session results:
|2||2||Jehan Daruvala||Prema Racing||1'36.271||0.116||46|
|3||7||Marcus Armstrong||Hitech Grand Prix||1'36.380||0.225||51|
|4||1||Dennis Hauger||Prema Racing||1'36.426||0.271||46|
|7||15||J.M.Correa||Charouz Racing System||1'36.687||0.532||41|
|8||22||Jake Hughes||Van Amersfoort Racing||1'36.783||0.628||34|
|9||14||Guilherme Samaia||Charouz Racing System||1'36.864||0.709||45|
|10||8||Jüri Vips||Hitech Grand Prix||1'36.921||0.766||51|
|11||11||Felipe Drugovich||MP Motorsport||1'36.992||0.837||49|
|16||23||Amaury Cordeel||Van Amersfoort Racing||1'37.480||1.325||45|
|17||20||Olli Caldwell||Campos Racing||1'37.610||1.455||51|
|19||10||Théo Pourchaire||ART Grand Prix||1'38.938||2.783||62|
|20||12||Clément Novalak||MP Motorsport||1'38.999||2.844||38|
|21||21||Ralph Boschung||Campos Racing||1'39.042||2.887||46|
|22||9||Frederik Vesti||ART Grand Prix||1'39.396||3.241||50|
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