Cecotto, Matsushita lead opening Formula 2 Test day

Johnny Cecotto Jr was quickest in the morning session in Spain - Credit: Alastair Staley/FIA Formula 2

Johnny Cecotto Jr led the way in the morning session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, but it was Nobuharu Matsushita who set the best lap of the day in the afternoon as the first test since the GP2 Series was re-branded as the FIA Formula 2 Championship got underway on Monday.

Venezuelan Cecotto hit the front in the morning for the Italian Rapax team, with his lap of 1:29.239 coming in dull conditions at the Spanish circuit, but sunshine greeted the teams for the afternoon session, and Matsushita lead an ART Grand Prix 1-2 ahead of team-mate Alexander Albon with a time of 1:29.061.

All ten teams were present at the test, with the only two seats yet to be confirmed being filled by ex-Formula 1 racer Roberto Merhi at Campos Racing and by Sergio Canamasas at Trident.

Oliver Rowland was second fastest in the morning session for his new team DAMS, with Matsushita third ahead of the second Rapax of McLaren Junior Nyck de Vries, while Norman Nato rounded out the top five on his return to Pertamina Arden.

Luca Ghiotto was sixth fastest for Russian Time ahead of the second DAMS of Nicholas Latifi, while the top ten was rounded out by Charles Leclerc (Prema Racing), Albon and Sean Gelael (Arden).

Nato finished best of the rest behind Matsushita and Albon in the afternoon session, with Racing Engineering’s Gustav Malja fourth ahead of Cecotto, while Louis Delétraz (Racing Engineering), Rowland, Artem Markelov (Russian Time), Leclerc and Ghiotto completing the top ten.

Nobuharu Matsushita set the best time of the day in the afternoon – Credit: Alastair Staley/FIA Formula 2

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Test 1 Day 1 AM Times

119Johnny Cecotto JrVENRapax1:29.239
29Oliver RowlandGBRDAMS1:29.355
37Nobuharu MatsushitaJAPART Grand Prix1:29.552
418Nyck de VriesNEDRapax1:29.625
520Norman NatoFRAPermamina Arden1:29.674
65Luca GhiottoITARussian Time1:29.727
710Nicholas LatifiCANDAMS1:29.743
81Charles LeclercMONPrema Racing1:29.928
98Alexander AlbonTHAART Grand Prix1:30.018
1021Sean GelaelINOPermamina Arden1:30.162
116Artem MarkelovRUSRussian Time1:30.188
124Gustav MaljaSWERacing Engineering1:30.365
132Antonio FuocoITAPrema Racing1:30.433
1415Jordan KingGBRMP Motorsport1:30.672
1517Sergio CanamasasITATrident1:30.901
1611Ralph BoschungSWICampos Racing1:30.992
1714Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMP Motorsport1:31.072
1816Nabil JeffriMAYTrident1:31.230
1912Roberto MerhiESPCampos Racing1:31.470
203Louis Del?trazSWIRacing Engineering1:31.591

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Test 1 Day 1 PM Times

17Nobuharu MatsushitaJAPART Grand Prix1:29.061
28Alexander AlbonTHAART Grand Prix1:29.157
320Norman NatoFRAPermamina Arden1:29.157
44Gustav MaljaSWERacing Engineering1:29.230
519Johnny Cecotto JrVENRapax1:29.356
63Louis Del?trazSWIRacing Engineering1:29.699
79Oliver RowlandGBRDAMS1:29.725
86Artem MarkelovRUSRussian Time1:29.750
91Charles LeclercMONPrema Racing1:29.756
105Luca GhiottoITARussian Time1:29.976
1110Nicholas LatifiCANDAMS1:30.113
1221Sean GelaelINOPermamina Arden1:30.160
1314Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMP Motorsport1:30.278
1417Sergio CanamasasITATrident1:30.297
1515Jordan KingGBRMP Motorsport1:30.330
1611Ralph BoschungSWICampos Racing1:30.470
1718Nyck de VriesNEDRapax1:30.475
182Antonio FuocoITAPrema Racing1:30.671
1912Roberto MerhiESPCampos Racing1:30.697
2016Nabil JeffriMAYTrident1:32.113