Buddh MRF Challenge: Schumacher sets the pace in Friday practice

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Buddh MRF Challenge: Schumacher sets the pace in Friday practice
Rachit Thukral
By: Rachit Thukral
Jan 27, 2017, 12:27 PM

Mick Schumacher got his championship challenge back on track after topping the second MRF Challenge practice session at the Buddh International Circuit on Friday.

Earlier in FP1, points leader Harrison Newey and Joey Mawson traded the top spot in the timesheets, before the Englishman pulled clear of the rest of the sheet.

Thereafter, Schumacher went briefly quicker in the dying minutes of the session, only for Newey to fight back and reclaim the fastest lap with a 1m52.340s.

The German eventually finished three tenths down in second place, with Mawon a further three tenths adrift in third.

Felipe Drugovich dislodged Juri Vips right at the end of the session to take fourth, with Pedro Cardoso finishing a tenth behind the pair in sixth.

MRF Challenge regular Dylan Young was classified seventh, ahead of Japan’s Yoshiaki Katayama.

Manuel Maldonado survived a spin to take ninth while Rinus van Kalmthout completed the Top 10.

Schumacher streets ahead in FP2

After trailing Newey in first practice, Schumacher emerged as the man to beat in FP2, topping the session with a 1m51.325s.

Newey had to settle for second place, with Ralf Aron taking the third spot at the end of the 30-minute session.

Meanwhile, Mawson’s day was compromised after his car’s engine cover came out of its usual position, forcing the Australian to return to the pits for a quick repair. He eventually ended the session fourth fastest, over a second behind pacesetter Schumacher.

Further back, Drugovich took the fifth spot after recovering from a spin at turn five.

Vips was classified sixth, with van Kalmthout and Cardo ending seventh and eighth fastest respectively.

The Top 10 was completed by Katayama and Young.

Former F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan was also in action on Friday, testing new bits of the Dallara-made F2000 car.

FP1 Results:

Pos

Driver

Time/Gap

1

 Harrison Newey

1m52.340s

2

 Mick Schumacher

1m52.630s

3

 Joey Mawson

1m52.917s

4

 Felipe Drugovich

1m53.012s

5

 Juri Vips

1m53.218s

6

 Pedro Cardoso

1m54.339s

7

 Dylan Young

1m54.443s

8

 Yoshiaki Katayama

1m54.719s

9

 Manuel Maldonado

1m54.887s

10

 Rinus van Kalmthout

1m55.108s

11

 Kimi Schramm

1m55.186s

12

 Ralf Aron

1m55.246s

13

 Pavan Ravishanker

1m56.424s

14

 Chia Wing Hoong

2m03.498s

FP2 Results:

Pos

Driver

Time

1

 Mick Schumacher

1m51.352s

2

 Harrison Newey

1m52.111s

3

 Ralf Aron

1m52.615s

4

 Joey Mawson

1m52.621s

5

 Felipe Drugovich

1m52.635s

6

 Juri Vips

1m52.915s

7

 Rinus van Kalmthout

1m52.963s

8

 Pedro Cardoso

1m53.032s

9

 Yoshiaki Katayama

1m53.232s

10

 Dylan Young

1m53.611s

11

 Kimi Schramm

1m53.645s

12

 Manuel Maldonado

1m54.949s

13

 Pavan Ravishanker

1m55.669s

14

 Chia Wing Hoong

1m58.101s

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