Louis Delétraz opened the FIA Formula 2 post-season test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi fastest overall.
The Swiss driver, testing with the 2018 teams’ champions Carlin Motorsport, set the fastest time of the day with a lap of 1:49.984 in the evening session. Luca Ghiotto in the Russian Time car was fastest in the morning session and finished second fastest in the evening.
Callum Ilott in the Charouz Racing System car claimed third fastest time of the session in his first drive in a Formula 2 car. He maintained a consistent pace throughout the day after setting a time good enough for seventh place in the morning.
Nicholas Latifi in the DAMS car was fourth ahead of Nyck de Vries in his return to the ART Grand Prix team.
Tatiana Caldéron made her Formula 2 testing debut with the Charouz team and impressed by setting the sixth best time in the evening test. The Colombian driver was thirteenth fastest in the morning, but a lap time of 1:50.361, less than half a second off Delétraz’s time in the evening showed promising pace as she’ll attempt to secure a full-time drive in the series.
Sergio Sette Câmara driving for DAMS placed himself sixth in the morning session and seventh in the evening, whilst returning Japanese driver Nobuharu Matsushita for Carlin, was eighth in the evening after setting the fifth best time in the morning running.
GP3 Series champion Anthoine Hubert took part in the test with MP Motorsport, setting a lap time of 1:51.366 in the morning to go eighth fastest, his best of the day. In the evening, he would finish thirteenth overall. GP3 vice-champion Nikita Mazepin finished fourteenth with ART in the morning behind Caldéron, but made the jump to eleventh at the end of the day.
FIA Formula 3 European champion Mick Schumacher spent the morning session getting grips with the new machinery he’ll be racing in 2019 with Prema Racing. The German set the nineteenth fastest time overall in the first part of the test, before setting the twelfth best time in the evening to round off day 1.
Ralph Boschung returned to the series after missing out on the final two rounds of the series with BWT Arden. The Swiss driver was fifteenth in the morning and seventeenth in the evening.
There were three red flags over the session; One in the morning, caused by de Vries after stopping on track at Turn 11, with 30 minutes of the session remaining. The second came in the evening with a fault with the lighting system on track and the third was due to Thomas Laurent stopping on track at Turn 16 in the Arden.
The second day of testing will commence on Friday with some teams changing their driver line-ups. MP will see the return of Dorian Boccalacci in their car, whilst Ralf Aron and Marino Sato will switch teams to test with Arden and leave Campos Vexatec Racing to the hands of Sebastian Fernandez and Leonardo Pulcini.
Jack Aitken and Juan Manuel Correa will test with Charouz whilst Trident will field Ilott and Giuliano Alesi.
2018 FIA Formula 2 Abu Dhabi Test Day 1 (Morning)
|1||2||Luca Ghiotto||ITA||Russian Time||1:50.562|
|3||8||Nyck de Vries||NED||ART Grand Prix||1:50.931|
|5||18||Nobuharu Matsushita||JPN||Carlin Motorsport||1:51.137|
|6||5||Sergio Sette Camara||BRZ||DAMS||1:51.176|
|7||20||Callum Ilott||GBR||Charouz Racing System||1:51.333|
|8||9||Anthoine Hubert||FRA||MP Motorsport||1:51.366|
|10||19||Louis Deletraz||SUI||Carlin Motorsport||1:51.651|
|11||1||Guanyu Zhou||CHN||Russian Time||1:52.063|
|12||10||Juan Manuel Correa||USA||MP Motorsport||1:52.340|
|13||21||Tatiana Calderon||COL||Charouz Racing System||1:52.397|
|14||7||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||ART Grand Prix||1:52.592|
|15||11||Ralph Boschung||SUI||BWT Arden||1:52.937|
|16||15||Ralf Aron||EST||Campos Vexatec Racing||1:52.944|
|17||14||Marino Sato||JPN||Campos Vexatec Racing||1:53.848|
|18||12||Thomas Laurent||FRA||BWT Arden||1:54.172|
|19||4||Mick Schumacher||GER||Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing||2:00.677|
|20||3||Sean Gelael||INO||Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing||2:13.547|
2018 FIA Formula 2 Abu Dhabi Test Day 1 (Evening)
|1||19||Louis Deletraz||SUI||Campos Vexatec Racing||1:49.984|
|2||2||Luca Ghiotto||ITA||Russian Time||1:50.127|
|3||20||Callum Ilott||GBR||Charouz Racing System||1:50.250|
|5||8||Nyck de Vries||NED||ART Grand Prix||1:50.335|
|6||21||Tatiana Calderon||COL||Charouz Racing System||1:50.361|
|7||6||Sergio Sette Camara||BRZ||DAMS||1:50.449|
|8||18||Nobuharu Matsushita||JPN||Carlin Motorsport||1:50.511|
|9||3||Sean Gelael||INO||Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing||1:50.539|
|10||10||Juan Manuel Correa||USA||MP Motorsport||1:50.587|
|11||7||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||ART Grand Prix||1:50.707|
|12||4||Mick Schumacher||GER||Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing||1:50.802|
|13||9||Anthoine Hubert||FRA||MP Motorsport||1:51.178|
|14||1||Guanyu Zhou||CHN||Russian Time||1:51.303|
|16||15||Ralf Aron||EST||Campos Vexatec Racing||1:51.731|
|17||11||Ralph Boschung||SUI||BWT Arden||1:51.989|
|18||14||Marino Sato||JPN||Campos Vexatec Racing||1:52.220|
|20||12||Thomas Laurent||FRA||BWT Arden||1:54.220|