Formula 2

Red Bull rookie Tsunoda tops F2 practice

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FIA Formula 2‘s long awaited return to the race track saw Carlin’s Red Bull backed Yuki Tsunoda finish fastest in the practice session at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

The Japanese racer graduates from F3 and raised a number of eyebrows in topping the time sheets, 0.054s clear of F2 veteran Luca Ghiotto.

Fellow rookie Marcus Armstrong led the ART charge in third from many people’s championship favourite Guanyu Zhou and teammate Christian Lundgaard.

The 45 minute session was briefly halted after Trident’s Marino Sato backed his car into the turn six gravel trap with 15 minutes left to run. He still got more running than Nikita Mazepin who failed to make it out of the F2 paddock after a mechanical issue with his Hitech GP machine.

The F3 graduates continued to shine with Felipe Drugovich, 2019 champion Robert Shwartzman and Jehan Daruvala ending 6-8 ahead of Sean Gelael and Louis Delétraz.

Two of the pre-season favourites Jack Aitken and Mick Schumacher struggled for speed and finished 18th and 19th respectively.

Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Yuki TsunodaCarlin1:15:249
2Luca GhiottoHitech GP1:15:303
3Marcus ArmstrongART1:15:405
4Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi1:15:468
5Christian LundgaardART1:15:509
6Felipe DrugovichMP Motorsport1:15:598
7Robert ShwartzmanPREMA1:15:702
8Jehan DaruvalaCarlin1:15:718
9Sean GelaelDAMS1:15:928
10Louis DelétrazCharouz1:15:940
11Dan TicktumDAMS1:16:015
12Artem MarkelovHWA Racelab1:16:028
13Guiliano AlesiHWA Racelab1:16:174
14Callum IlottUNI-Virtuosi1:16:268
15Nobuharu MatsushitaMP Motorsport1:16:334
16Pedro PiquetCharouz1:16:379
17Roy NissanyTrident1:16:514
18Jack AitkenCampos1:16:544
19Mick SchumacherPREMA1:16:596
20Guilherme SamaiaCampos1:16:894
21Marino SatoTrident1:16:905
22Nikita MazepinHitech GPNo Time
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