De Vries concludes F2 tests on top in Bahrain

by Paul Hensby

The pre-season testing programme for the FIA Formula 2 Championship came to a conclusion on Friday, and McLaren Junior Nyck de Vries set the fastest time in both sessions of day three at the Bahrain International Circuit.

De Vries set a best time of 1:40.583 during the morning session at Sakhir, which came within the best time of the whole week set by Nicholas Latifi on Thursday, while the Rapax driver also headed the afternoon session with a best time of 1:41.888, which again saw the majority of track time focused on longer runs and race simulations.

Oliver Rowland was just 0.007 seconds down on de Vries in the morning session, with the DAMS driver just ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Nobuharu Matsushita, with Latifi fourth in the second DAMS entry.

Ferrari Driver Academy duo Antonio Fuoco and Charles Leclerc were fifth and seventh respectively for reigning Teams’ champions Prema Racing, either side of the second ART of Alexander Albon, while Pertamina Arden duo Norman Nato and Sean Gelael were eighth and ninth, with Artem Markelov completing the top ten for Russian Time.

The slower afternoon session saw de Vries edge out team-mate Johnny Cecotto Jr by 0.026 seconds, with Nato third ahead of Trident’s Nabil Jeffri and MP Motorsport’s Sergio Sette Câmara.

Rowland was sixth ahead of fellow Briton Jordan King, also of MP Motorsport, with Markelov, Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung and Latifi ending the session inside the top ten.

The season now gets underway at the same circuit in two weeks time.

Oliver Rowland was just 0.007 seconds off the best time of the day for DAMS on Friday – Credit: Malcolm Griffiths/FIA Formula 2

Bahrain International Circuit Test Day 3 Result

118Nyck de VriesNEDRapax1:40.5831:41.888
29Oliver RowlandGBRDAMS1:40.5901:44.923
37Nobuharu MatsushitaJAPART Grand Prix1:40.6181:46.061
410Nicholas LatifiCANDAMS1:40.6791:45.354
52Antonio FuocoITAPrema Racing1:40.7801:45.436
68Alexander AlbonTHAART Grand Prix1:40.8441:45.754
71Charles LeclercMONPrema Racing1:40.9161:46.925
820Norman NatoFRAPertamina Arden1:41.1801:42.807
921Sean GelaelINOPertamina Arden1:41.1811:45.841
106Artem MarkelovRUSRussian Time1:41.1971:45.111
115Luca GhiottoITARussian Time1:41.2111:45.656
123Louis DeletrazSWIRacing Engineering1:41.2811:46.314
1314Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMP Motorsport1:41.3291:44.042
1419Johnny Cecotto JrVENRapax1:41.4481:41.914
154Gustav MaljaSWERacing Engineering1:41.5921:46.539
1611Ralph BoschungSWICampos Racing1:41.6021:45.265
1717Sergio CanamasasITATrident1:41.9601:47.261
1812Raoul HymanRSACampos Racing1:42.3591:46.072
1916Nabil JeffriMAYTrident1:42.5801:43.821
2015Jordan KingGBRMP Motorsport1:45.8621:45.007

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