Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing‘s Nyck de Vries kicks off the FIA Formula 2 weekend in Belgium as the fastest driver in practice, beating Carlin Motorsports‘ Sérgio Sette Câmara by 0.010 seconds.
The Dutch driver topped most of the session and set a time of a 1:58.125 around the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, beating the Brazilian of Câmara and championship leader George Russell. Lando Norris, who headed back out on track minutes after driving an McLaren F1 Team car, was fourth fastest ahead of MP Motorsport‘s Ralph Boschung.
Campos Vexatec Racing‘s Luca Ghiotto pushed to claim the sixth fastest time ahead of fellow Italian driver Antonio Fuoco and DAMS‘ Alexander Albon. BWT Arden‘s Maximilian Günther was ninth fastest driver, being first to set a time that was a second slower than de Vries’ time. ART Grand Prix‘s Jack Aitken rounds off the top ten. Dorian Boccolacci, who makes his debut in F2 this weekend with MP, ended his first practice session fifteenth fastest.
Aitken was the first car to head out on track for the forty-five minute session as he leads a train of cars to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
All twenty cars were out on track within the opening ten minutes of the sole practice session, with Prema’s de Vries leading ahead of Sette Câmara, Russell, Norris and Boschung.
Albon had a near off near Stavelov when he ran onto the astroturf during a lap, but was able to recover his DAMS car and continue on his run. By the twenty five minute mark, only Günther, Fuoco and Arjun Maini were on track as the rest of the field remained in the pits.
Russian Time‘s Artem Markelov was on a flying lap at the midway point of the session, drifting his way through Le Combes but his lap was ruined when Sean Gelael got in his way whilst on an out lap.
With ten minutes of the session remaining, de Vries remains the fastest driver of the session ahead of Câmara, Russell, Norris and Boschung. Most of the field not setting personal best times as they collect data for the qualifying session in the afternoon.
The mandatory Virtual Safety Car test came out with five minutes of the session remaining but soon ended after one minute, allowing the drivers to resume their practice runs with three minutes remaining.
Practice finished with de Vries ending on top ahead of Sette Câmara and championship leader Russell ahead of the afternoon’s qualifying session.
|1||4||Nyck de Vries||NED||Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing||1:58.125|
|2||18||Sergio Sette Camara||BRZ||Carlin Motorsport||1:58.135|
|3||8||George Russell||GBR||ART Grand Prix||1:58.600|
|4||19||Lando Norris||GBR||Carlin Motorsport||1:58.779|
|5||10||Ralph Boschung||SUI||MP Motorsport||1:58.794|
|6||14||Luca Ghiotto||ITA||Campos Vexatec Racing||1:58.840|
|7||21||Antonio Fuoco||ITA||Charouz Racing System||1:58.873|
|9||11||Maximilian Gunther||GER||BWT Arden||1:59.147|
|10||7||Jack Aitken||GBR||ART Grand Prix||1:59.186|
|11||1||Artem Markelov||RUS||Russian Time||1:59.241|
|13||20||Louis Deletraz||SUI||Charouz Racing System||1:59.448|
|14||3||Sean Gelael||INO||Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing||1:59.458|
|15||9||Dorian Boccolacci||FRA||MP Motorsport||1:59.490|
|17||12||Nirei Fukuzumi||JPN||BWT Arden||1:59.757|
|18||2||Tadasuke Makino||JPN||Russian Time||2:00.360|
|20||15||Roy Nissany||ISR||Campos Vexatec Racing||2:00.816|