Formula 2

Déjà vu as Tsunoda tops F2 practice

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Exactly as it was a week ago, Red Bull Junior Yuki Tsunoda topped the FIA Formula 2 practice session with Carlin and Hitech GP showing impressive pace.

Japanese racer Tsunoda ended the only practice session the teams get 0.146s ahead of Nikita Mazepin who didn’t run a single lap in the equivalent session last week and showed vast improvements for F2’s newest team.

The sister Carlin and Hitech cars of Jehan Daruvala and Luca Ghiotto came third and fourth to validate their teammates pace.

It was a mixed session for PREMA as Robert Shwartzman set a good pace and a lot of laps, ending the session seventh but Mick Schumacher could only manage ten minutes of running before losing control of his car at turn seven and ending his session in the gravel.

Guiliano Alesi was arguably the star of the feature race in the opening round of the year and continued his good start to the season with fifth ahead of rookie Christian Lundgaard.

The top ten was rounded off by DAMS’ Dan Ticktum in eighth ahead of Marcus Armstrong who, like Schumacher, had a big spin but he was able to drive away from turn nine. And in tenth came Jack Aitken who did well to re-acclimatise with his Campos car having driven for Williams in F1 Free Practice 1.

UNI-Virtuosi duo Guanyu Zhou and Callum Ilott, who were both very quick last week at the same circuit, could only manage eleventh and thirteenth respectively with round one sprint race winner Felipe Drugovich twentieth.

Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Yuki TsunodaCarlin1:15:692
2Nikita MazepinHitech GP1:15:838
3Jehan DaruvalaCarlin1:16:017
4Luca GhiottoHitech GP1:16:045
5Guiliano AlesiHWA Racelab1:16:066
6Christian LundgaardART1:16:100
7Robert ShwartzmanPREMA1:16:160
8Dan TicktumDAMS1:16:217
9Marcus ArmstrongART1:16:218
10Jack AitkenCampos1:16:262
11Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi1:16:293
12Nobuharu MatsushitaMP Motorsport1:16:319
13Callum IlottUNI-Virtuosi1:16:322
14Artem MarkelovHWA Racelab1:16:470
15Pedro PiquetCharouz1:16:576
16Sean GelaelDAMS1:16:592
17Marino SatoTrident1:16:737
18Roy NissanyTrident1:16:741
19Louis DelétrazCharouz1:16:899
20Felipe DrugovichMP Motorsport1:17:307
21Guilherme SamaiaCampos1:17:511
22Mick SchumacherPREMA1:28:122
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