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Lundgaard leads the way on opening day of F2 test

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The first of three days of FIA Formula 2 testing at Barcelona saw ART’s Christian Lundgaard top both the morning and afternoon sessions.

The Alpine academy driver went fastest in the morning as rising afternoon temperatures slowed the pace somewhat. The Dane’s 1:29:594 was just under two tenths clear of Felipe Drugovich who, like Lundgaard, has ambitions of a title charge in 2021.

Neither driver had the ideal start to the season in Bahrain but with the next round on the streets of Monaco, an improved haul of points will be high on the agenda for F2’s star drivers.

Another of those hoping for better fortunes in Monaco is Juri Vips who failed to score a point in Bahrain but the Estonian was third quickest from his Hitech GP teammate Liam Lawson – who won the opening race of the year.

Lirim Zendeli was fifth quickest for MP Motorsport having only scored two points in Bahrain, while his teammate Richard Verschoor scored 18 and ended the day tenth quickest. Verschoor was however one of the few to improve their lap time in the afternoon where he finished second fastest behind Lundgaard.

Championship leader Guanyu Zhou was sixth fastest which gives him even more encouragement as he looks to extend his lead in Monaco. The Chinese driver headed Marcus Armstrong, Ralph Boschung and race-winner from Bahrain Oscar Piastri on the opening day of testing.

Robert Shwartzman came into 2021 as the favourite for the title but he was only 21st in the morning and also failed to make the top ten in the afternoon which could be cause for concern for the Russian.

It was also a quiet day for Carlin duo Dan Ticktum and Jehan Daruvala who were just outside the top ten before focussing on long runs in the afternoon.

Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Christian LundgaardART1:29:594
2Felipe DrugovichUNI-Virtuosi1:29:772
3Juri VipsHitech GP1:29:988
4Liam LawsonHitech GP1:30:006
5Lirim ZendeliMP Motorsport1:30:078
6Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi1:30:083
7Marcus ArmstrongDAMS1:30:158
8Ralph BoschungCampos1:30:259
9Oscar PiastriPREMA1:30:425
10Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport1:30:519
11Dan TicktumCarlin1:30:598
12Jehan DaruvalaCarlin1:30:674
13Roy NissanyDAMS1:30:723
14Marino SatoTrident1:30:727
15Bent ViscaalTrident1:30:727
16Théo PourchaireART1:30:738
17Gianluca PetecofCampos1:30:882
18Matteo NanniniHWA Racelab1:30:953
19David BeckmannCharouz1:30:973
20Guilherme SamaiaCharouz1:31:305
21Robert ShwartzmanPREMA1:31:435
22Alessio DeleddaHWA Racelab1:37:100
MORNING SESSION
Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Christian LundgaardART1:29:827
2Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport1:30:165
3Théo PourchaireART1:30:167
4Marcus ArmstrongDAMS1:30:617
5Liam LawsonHitech GP1:30:739
6Ralph BoschungCampos1:30:755
7Lirim ZendeliMP Motorsport1:30:767
8David BeckmannCharouz1:30:824
9Juri VipsHitech GP1:30:956
10Felipe DrugovichUNI-Virtuosi1:31:075
11Bent ViscaalTrident1:31:198
12Oscar PiastriPREMA1:31:350
13Robert ShwartzmanPREMA1:31:440
14Gianluca PetecofCampos1:31:532
15Guilherme SamaiaCharouz1:31:575
16Marino SatoTrident1:34:503
17Alessio DeleddaHWA Racelab1:34:629
18Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi1:34:783
19Jehan DaruvalaCarlin1:35:511
20Matteo NanniniHWA Racelab1:35:787
21Dan TicktumCarlin1:35:865
22Roy NissanyDAMS1:36:166
AFTERNOON SESSION
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