Albon keeps ART on top on day two at Barcelona

by Paul Hensby

Alexander Albon ensured ART Grand Prix set the pace for a second consecutive day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Tuesday as the Thai GP3 Series graduate continued his adaptation to FIA Formula 2 Championship machinery.

After Nobuharu Matsushita hit the front on Monday, Albon set a time of 1:28.225 during the morning session, more than seven-tenths faster than his team-mate managed the day previously, with Johnny Cecotto Jr again showing good pace with the second fastest time for Rapax, 0.025 seconds back.

Artem Markelov was third quickest for the Russian Time team as he continues his preparation for his fourth season with the outfit, with Nicholas Latifi fourth for DAMS ahead of Norman Nato of Permamina Arden.

Luca Ghiotto was sixth in the second Russian Time machine ahead of the second DAMS entry of Oliver Rowland, with Prema Racing duo Antonio Fuoco and Charles Leclerc eighth and tenth, either side of MP Motorsport’s Jordan King.

Gustav Malja caused a red flag during the morning and subsequently had all of his times deleted due to the stewards finding his Racing Engineering machine to be underweight.

The afternoon session was primarily used to run race simulations, and it was headed by Rapax’s Nyck de Vries, with his time of 1:29.223 seeing him finish ahead of Fuoco and Leclerc, with Cecotto fourth ahead of Campos Racing’s Roberto Merhi.

King was sixth ahead of Trident duo Sergio Canamasas and Nabil Jeffri, while Permamina Arden’s Sean Gelael and Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung.

Nyck de Vries was fastest during the afternoon session for Rapax – Credit: Alastair Staley/FIA Formula 2

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Test 1 Day 2 AM Times

18Alexander AlbonTHAART Grand Prix1:28.225
219Johnny Cecotto JrVENRapax1:28.250
36Artem MarkelovRUSRussian Time1:28.410
410Nicholas LatifiCANDAMS1:28.429
520Norman NatoFRAPermamina Arden1:28.445
65Luca GhiottoITARussian Time1:28.541
79Oliver RowlandGBRDAMS1:28.642
82Antonio FuocoITAPrema Racing1:28.655
915Jordan KingGBRMP Motorsport1:28.722
101Charles LeclercMONPrema Racing1:28.805
113Louis Del?trazSWIRacing Engineering1:28.887
127Nobuharu MatsushitaJAPART Grand Prix1:29.040
1314Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMP Motorsport1:29.184
1411Ralph BoschungSWICampos Racing1:29.248
1517Sergio CanamasasITATrident1:29.337
1618Nyck de VriesNEDRapax1:29.429
1721Sean GelaelINOPermamina Arden1:29.906
1812Roberto MerhiESPCampos Racing1:30.085
1916Nabil JeffriMAYTrident1:30.588
204Gustav MaljaSWERacing EngineeringNo Time

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Test 1 Day 2 PM Times

118Nyck de VriesNEDRapax1:29.223
22Antonio FuocoITAPrema Racing1:29.601
31Charles LeclercMONPrema Racing1:29.602
419Johnny Cecotto JrVENRapax1:29.847
512Roberto MerhiESPCampos Racing1:30.053
615Jordan KingGBRMP Motorsport1:30.127
717Sergio CanamasasITATrident1:30.404
816Nabil JeffriMAYTrident1:30.518
921Sean GelaelINOPermamina Arden1:30.680
1011Ralph BoschungSWICampos Racing1:30.885
114Gustav MaljaSWERacing Engineering1:32.932
125Luca GhiottoITARussian Time1:33.557
139Oliver RowlandGBRDAMS1:33.723
1410Nicholas LatifiCANDAMS1:33.813
153Louis Del?trazSWIRacing Engineering1:33.864
166Artem MarkelovRUSRussian Time1:33.867
178Alexander AlbonTHAART Grand Prix1:33.991
187Nobuharu MatsushitaJAPART Grand Prix1:34.073
1920Norman NatoFRAPermamina Arden1:34.466
2014Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMP Motorsport1:34.887

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