Formula 2

Drugovich dips below 1:28 barrier as Barcelona testing ends

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Credit: FIA Formula 2

The final day of feeder series testing at Barcelona saw Felipe Drugovich set the fastest lap of the past five days to end the FIA Formula 2 test as the man to beat.

The Brazilian was the only drive to go below the 1:28 barrier all test as he beat out PREMA’s Oscar Piastri by just over a tenth of a second.

Drugovich got the short end of the stick at the season opener in Bahrain where, despite being one of the fastest on track all weekend, he only scored two points leaving him some way off the pace already. Piastri had much better luck, winning race two of the weekend as he sits fourth in the championship standings.

Christian Lundgaard was another to not have the weekend he was dreaming of in Bahrain but the Alpine Academy driver was third quickest under the Spanish sun after a consistently quick three days in the ART.

His teammate Théo Pourchaire was sixth fastest backing up the French team’s speed but they were split by Hitech GP’s Red Bull junior pairing of Liam Lawson and Juri Vips.

Lawson edged out his Estonian teammate in the morning where all the fastest times were set which meant him causing two afternoon red flags did little to dampen the spirits of Hitech GP.

Robert Shwartzman had been very quiet on the first two days of the test but he turned up the dial on the final day ending seventh quickest, albeit still three tenths behind his teammate Piastri.

Bent Viscaal continued to show the potential of the Trident in the right hands as he went eighth quickest in the morning before surprising many by topping the afternoon’s running. Although most of the 22-car field focussed on long run pace rather than outright speed in that final session.

MP Motorsport’s only confirmed full-season driver Lirim Zendeli was ninth fastest for the Dutch squad, just ahead of Championship leader Guanyu Zhou of UNI-Virtuosi.

Once again though, Carlin didn’t look likely to make it into the higher echelons of the timing screens which could indicate problems for the British team, although neither driver seemed too concerned at where they were in comparison to the rest of the challengers.

Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Felipe DrugovichUNI-Virtuosi1:27:945
2Oscar PiastriPREMA1:28:105
3Christian LundgaardART1:28:285
4Liam LawsonHitech GP1:28:422
5Juri VipsHitech GP1:28:433
6Théo PourchaireART1:28:484
7Robert ShwartzmanPREMA1:28:491
8Bent ViscaalTrident1:28:736
9Lirim ZendeliMP Motorsport1:28:737
10Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi1:28:755
11Roy NissanyDAMS1:28:906
12Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport1:28:972
13Gianluca PetecofCampos1:28:973
14Ralph BoschungCampos1:28:992
15Dan TicktumCarlin1:28:993
16Jehan DaruvalaCarlin1:29:032
17Marino SatoTrident1:29:182
18Marcus ArmstrongDAMS1:29:678
19David BeckmannCharouz1:29:744
20Guilherme SamaiaCharouz1:30:166
21Alessio DeleddaHWA Racelab1:32:096
22Matteo NanniniHWA RacelabNO TIME
Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Bent ViscaalTrident1:30:280
2Matteo NanniniHWA Racelab1:30:346
3Marino SatoTrident1:30:943
4Alessio DeleddaHWA Racelab1:32:183
5Marcus ArmstrongDAMS1:33:199
6Lirim ZendeliMP Motorsport1:33:271
7Roy NissanyDAMS1:33:529
8Robert ShwartzmanPREMA1:33:572
9Liam LawsonHitech GP1:33:782
10Oscar PiastriPREMA1:33:816
11Théo PourchaireART1:34:308
12Ralph BoschungCampos1:34:502
13Gianluca PetecofCampos1:34:515
14Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport1:34:540
15Jehan DaruvalaCarlin1:34:693
16Felipe DrugovichUNI-Virtuosi1:34:709
17Juri VipsHitech GP1:34:883
18Dan TicktumCarlin1:35:075
19Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi1:35:088
20Christian LundgaardART1:35:106
21Guilherme SamaiaCharouz1:35:120
22David BeckmannCharouz1:35:310

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