Latifi tops second day of Bahrain F2 test

DAMS driver Nicholas Latifi set the pace on the second day of Formula 2 pre-season testing in Bahrain.

Latifi tops second day of Bahrain F2 test
Nicholas Latifi, DAMS
Nicholas Latifi, DAMS
Nicholas Latifi, DAMS
Norman Nato, Pertamina Arden
Jordan King, MP Motorsport
Alexander Albon, ART Grand Prix

Having led GP2's post-season Abu Dhabi test last year, the Canadian returned to the top spot of the classification on Thursday with a 1m40.541s lap of the Bahrain International Circuit.

Latifi, who served as Renault F1 test driver last year, posted his benchmark just after the midway point in the morning session, as he jumped ahead of Russian Time pair Luca Ghiotto and Artem Markelov.

MP's Jordan King was fourth, just 0.001s ahead of Prema's Wednesday pacesetter Charles Leclerc.

Also dipping into the 1m40s margin were Arden's Norman Nato, who had topped the first test in Barcelona, and ART's Alexander Albon, with Albon's teammate Nobuharu Matsushita and DAMS driver Oliver Rowland following close in eighth and ninth.

McLaren protege Nyck de Vries (Rapax) headed Sergio Sette Camara (MP Motorsport) by 0.06s the afternoon session, but the Dutchman's 1m41.212s lap was only enough for 10th overall.

Sette Camara subsequently had his best lap from the afternoon deleted due to his car being underweight, but his morning lap was good enough to keep him in 11th.

The two drivers occupying seats that are not yet assigned for the season – Trident's Sergio Canamasas and Campos newcomer Raoul Hyman – were 17th and 19th respectively.

Day 2 results

Pos. Driver Team AM PM
1 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:40.541 1:44.354
2 Luca Ghiotto Russian Time 1:40.678 1:47.325
3 Artem Markelov Russian Time 1:40.702 1:45.705
4 Jordan King MP Motorsport 1:40.884 1:45.191
5 Charles Leclerc Prema Racing 1:40.885 1:41.689
6 Norman Nato Pertamina Arden 1:40.909 1:47.379
7 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1:40.927 1:47.050
8 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:41.057 1:46.607
9 Oliver Rowland DAMS 1:41.156 1:44.437
10 Nyck de Vries Rapax 1:41.568 1:41.212
11 Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport 1:41.351  
12 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Rapax 1:41.371 1:41.833
13 Antonio Fuoco Prema Racing 1:41.398 1:41.957
14 Louis Deletraz Racing Engineering 1:41.463 1:44.415
15 Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 1:42.347 1:41.546
16 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1:41.984 1:43.171
17 Sergio Canamasas Trident 1:42.042 1:42.197
18 Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 1:42.249 1:47.020
19 Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1:42.598 1:45.008
20 Nabil Jeffri Trident 1:42.973 1:44.258
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Series FIA F2
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Author Valentin Khorounzhiy
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