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Day One of In-Season Testing See’s Boschung On Top

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Ralph Boschung set the fastest time of the day in FIA Formula 2’s first day of their in-season testing which took place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.

The Campos Racing driver was the only driver on the grid to break underneath to 1:28s barrier after fifty-five laps of the circuit, with Hitech Grand Prix’ Marcus Armstrong setting the second fastest time which was two tenths off the Swiss.

The day started off gloomy with chilly weather and a few spots of rain. This led to a disrupted morning session with only two of the drivers posting more than thirty laps of the circuit.

Championship leader and Jeddah Feature Race winner, Felipe Drugovich, led the session ahead of the Bahrain Feature Race winner, Theo Pourchaire who was a tenth and a half off the Brazilian driver’s pace.

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The session saw three stoppages with the first being Trident’s Calan Williams who found himself spun around at turn 2. This was followed by Carlin’s Liam Lawson coming to a halt at turn 10 and Cem Bölükbasi sliding into the barriers at turn 9.

For the afternoon session, the track temperature ramped up from fourteen degrees in the morning to nineteen degrees which helped the grid prepare for a few push laps at the end of their race simulations.

Boschung’s initial time of 1m27.929s was nearly two seconds faster than Armstrong’s early benchmark of 1m29.897s. The times started to get faster as the session went on, but nobody was able to topple the Swiss driver’s attempt.

Most of the times were set on the hard compounds of tyres, with Armstrong, Ayumu Iwasa and Marino Sato being the only drivers to set a time within one second of Boschung on the softer compound of Pirelli tyres.

Two more red flags were brought out in the PM session, with Jüri Vips ending his session after making contact with the barriers at turn 3 and Carlin’s Logan Sargeant following his stoppage at turn 1.

As well as leading the timing sheets, Boschung also led the field with amount of laps completed with him and Williams both crossing the line on fifty-five occasions. The afternoon session saw a lot more running than the morning, with only two drivers posting less than thirty laps on the board.

The second day of in-season testing continues on Wednesday and will run through for a total of three days, ending on Thursday. The grid will then reconvene for round three of the championship which takes place at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola.

POSNODRIVERNATTEAMTIMEGAPLAPS
115Ralph BoschungCHECampos Racing1:27.92987
27Marcus ArmstrongNZLHitech Grand Prix1:28.170+0.24156
317Ayumu IwasaJPNDAMS1:28.331+0.40270
44Marino SatoJPNVirtuosi Racing1:28.436+0.50760
511Felipe DrugovichBRAMP Motorsport1:29.131+1.20257
610Théo PourchaireFRAART Grand Prix1:29.312+1.38375
79Frederik VestiDNKART Grand Prix1:29.383+1.45472
820Richard VerschoorNEDTrident1:29.439+1.51067
924Jake HughesGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1:29.492+1.56373
1012Clément NovalakFRAMP Motorsport1:29.495+1.56653
113Jack DoohanAUSVirtuosi Racing1:29.777+1.84862
126Logan SargeantUSACarlin1:29.788+1.85950
1316Roy NissanyISRDAMS1:29.824+1.89556
1422Enzo FittipaldiBRACharouz Racing System1:29.844+1.91562
152Jehan DaruvalaINDPREMA Racing1:29.909+1.98051
1621Calan WilliamsAUSTrident1:29.975+2.04672
1725Amuary CordeelBELVan Amersfoort Racing1:29.993+2.06466
185Liam LawsonNZLCarlin1:30.180+2.25159
198Jüri VipsESTHitech Grand Prix1:30.207+2.27836
201Dennis HaugerNORPREMA Racing1:30.439+2.51052
2114Olli CaldwellGBRCampos Racing1:30.488+2.89176
2223Cem BölükbasiTURCharouz Racing System1:31.455+3.52621
F2: In-Season Testing: Day One
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