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.
|4||Liam Lawson||Hitech GP||1:28:422|
|5||Juri Vips||Hitech GP||1:28:433|
|9||Lirim Zendeli||MP Motorsport||1:28:737|
|12||Richard Verschoor||MP Motorsport||1:28:972|
|21||Alessio Deledda||HWA Racelab||1:32:096|
|22||Matteo Nannini||HWA Racelab||NO TIME|
|2||Matteo Nannini||HWA Racelab||1:30:346|
|4||Alessio Deledda||HWA Racelab||1:32:183|
|6||Lirim Zendeli||MP Motorsport||1:33:271|
|9||Liam Lawson||Hitech GP||1:33:782|
|14||Richard Verschoor||MP Motorsport||1:34:540|
|17||Juri Vips||Hitech GP||1:34:883|