Formula 2

Drugovich fastest out the blocks on Bahrain practice

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Credit: FIA Formula 2

The 2021 FIA Formula 2 season kicked off in Bahrain with Felipe Drugovich taking practice honours for new team UNI-Virtuosi.

The Brazilian’s lap time of 1:45:340 was enough to see him topple Carlin’s Dan Ticktum by just over a tenth as he started his season in the best possible fashion.

Drugovich is one of a host of drivers tipped for good things in 2021 with commentator Alex Brundle suggesting up to a dozen drivers could be in the title fight this year.

Ticktum is another many are backing for an assault on the Championship as is top rookie in practice Liam Lawson who continued his impressive pre-season pace to end the session third for Hitech GP.

Marcus Armstrong is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2020 and he started as he means to go on finishing fourth ahead of title favourite Robert Shwartzman and MP Motorsport’s Lirim Zendeli.

A number of drivers were caught out at the heavy braking zones of turns one and nine with Oscar Piastri, David Beckmann and Zendeli himself all running off track due to front locking.

Piastri was still able to put a lap in good enough for tenth behind Juri Vips, Jehan Daruvala and Bent Viscaal in the Trident.

Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Felipe DrugovichUNI-Virtuosi1:45:340
2Dan TicktumCarlin1:45:481
3Liam LawsonHitech GP1:45:628
4Marcus ArmstrongDAMS1:45:651
5Robert ShwartzmanPREMA1:45:666
6Lirim ZendeliMP Motorsport1:45:734
7Juri VipsHitech GP1:45:762
8Jehan DaruvalaCarlin1:45:763
9Bent ViscaalTrident1:45:838
10Oscar PiastriPREMA1:46:077
11Théo PourchaireART1:46:149
12Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi1:46:195
13Christian LundgaardART1:46:207
14Roy NissanyDAMS1:46:225
15Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport1:46:237
16David BeckmannCharouz1:46:387
17Guilherme SamaiaCharouz1:46:585
18Gianluca PetecofCampos1:46:597
19Marino SatoTrident1:46:718
20Ralph BoschungCampos1:46:788
21Matteo NanniniHWA Racelab1:47:400
22Alessio DeleddaHWA Racelab1:48:888

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