Maini quickest on second Bahrain F2 test day

Trident rookie Arjun Maini led the way on the second day of Formula 2’s final pre-season test in Bahrain on Thursday.

Maini set a time of 1m42.779s – a second quicker than Nyck de Vries’ Wednesday benchmark – during the opening hour of running at Sakhir, which went unbeaten across the remainder of the day’s action.

Renault F1 reserve driver Jack Aitken was Maini’s closest challenger, finishing 0.224 seconds adrift for ART Grand Prix.

De Vries remained towards the front of the pack, taking third for Prema Racing, with Campos Racing’s Luca Ghiotto fourth.

Charouz Racing System’s Louis Deletraz placed fifth, in front of British youngsters George Russell (ART Grand Prix) and Lando Norris (Carlin), the pair both preparing for their maiden campaign in the series.

Russian Time newcomer Tadasuke Makino split Arden teammates Maximilian Gunther, who was unable to run after lunch due to a suspected mechanical issue, and Nirei Fukuzumi to round out the top 10.

Ex-Manor F1 driver Roberto Merhi was 13th as he continued testing duties for MP Motorsport, while Roy Nissany finished 18th for Campos, the other team yet to finalise its 2018 line-up.

Last year’s runner-up Artem Markelov was a low-key 15th, bringing out one of two red flags when he spun through Turn 8; the other stoppage was triggered by Alexander Albon (DAMS) halting at pit entry.

The quickest times from all drivers came during the morning running, with focus switching to race simulations after the lunch break.

One more day of testing will take place on Friday, ahead of the opening round of the season at the same venue in two weeks’ time.

PosDriverTeamMorningAfternoon
Arjun Maini Trident 1'42.779 1'46.162
Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1'43.003 1'48.354
Nyck de Vries Prema Racing
1'43.080 1'50.814
Luca Ghiotto Campos Racing 1'43.111 1'49.688
Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 1'43.145 1'46.737
George Russell ART Grand Prix 1'43.161 1'51.243
Lando Norris Carlin 1'43.212 1'47.431
Maximilian Gunther
Arden International 1'43.315 No time set
Tadasuke Makino Russian Time
1'43.415 1'51.217
10  Nirei Fukuzumi Arden International 1'43.467 1'48.867
11  Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 1'43.498 1'48.855
12  Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1'43.520 1'49.796
13  Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1'43.610 1'47.719
14  Sergio Sette Camara
Carlin 1'43.612 1'48.862
15  Artem Markelov Russian Time
1'43.641 1'50.897
16  Sean Gelael Prema Racing
1'43.686 1'49.512
17  Santino Ferrucci Trident 1'43.785 1'45.522
18  Roy Nissany Campos Racing 1'43.971 1'48.944
19  Alexander Albon DAMS 1'44.001 1'49.995
20  Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1'44.164 1'45.664

 

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Arjun Maini
Teams Trident
Article type Testing report