Barcelona F2: Ticktum heads Schumacher in practice by 0.009s

Dan Ticktum led the way in free practice for this weekend's Barcelona Formula 2 round, heading his former F3 title rival Mick Schumacher by nine thousandths of a second

Barcelona F2: Ticktum heads Schumacher in practice by 0.009s

Prema driver and Ferrari junior Schumacher spent much of the first 15 minutes of the 45-minute session in command of the timesheets, becoming the first driver to break the 90-second barrier with a 1m29.933s.

The German was briefly deposed by Louis Deletraz on a 1m29.807s before regaining control with a 1m29.669s with just under half an hour left on the clock.

But moments later that was beaten by DAMS driver Ticktum, who recorded a 1m29.660s that would go unthreatened for the rest of the session as the field largely turned its attentions to gathering long-run data on the hard-compound Pirelli tyre.

Honda protege Yuki Tsunoda, who became F2's newest winner in the Silverstone sprint race, was third quickest and just 0.101s off the pace for Carlin, although the Japanese driver did experience some late trouble as he stalled in the pitlane twice.

Charouz driver Deletraz ended up fourth, followed by championship leader Callum Ilott in the best of the UNI-Virtuosi entries, HWA's Artem Markelov and Luca Ghiotto for Hitech.

Marino Sato was an encouraging eighth-fastest for Trident but caused a virtual safety car and red flag with nine minutes left on the clock when he went off the track at Turn 4 and parked up on an access road.

Action resumed with just under five minutes left but with no notable changes to the times.

Rounding out the top 10 were Felipe Drugovich (MP Motorsport) and Robert Shwartzman in the second of the Prema cars, a little under half a second slower than team-mate Schumacher - with whom he collided while fighting for the lead in the most recent race at Silverstone.

ART Grand Prix had a low-key session as Christian Lundgaard, Ilott's closest challenger in the points, was only 16th fastest, four places ahead of team-mate Marcus Armstrong.

Fresh from his appearance in Formula 1's first Spanish Grand Prix practice session for Williams, Roy Nissany was 22nd and last for Trident after a brief trip through the gravel.

Practice result

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Dan Ticktum DAMS 1m29.660s
2 Mick Schumacher Prema Racing 0.009s
3 Yuki Tsunoda Carlin 0.101s
4 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 0.147s
5 Callum Ilott UNI-Virtuosi 0.163s
6 Artem Markelov BWT HWA RACELAB 0.304s
7 Luca Ghiotto Hitech Grand Prix 0.349s
8 Marino Sato Trident 0.368s
9 Felipe Drugovich MP Motorsport 0.390s
10 Robert Shwartzman Prema Racing 0.451s
11 Nikita Mazepin Hitech Grand Prix 0.519s
12 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 0.562s
13 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 0.654s
14 Pedro Piquet Charouz Racing System 0.660s
15 Jack Aitken Campos Racing 0.720s
16 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 0.790s
17 Sean Gelael DAMS 0.826s
18 Giuliano Alesi BWT HWA RACELAB 0.944s
19 Nobuharu Matsushita MP Motorsport 0.989s
20 Marcus Armstrong ART Grand Prix 1.021s
21 Guilherme Samaia Campos Racing 1.287s
22 Roy Nissany Trident 1.359s
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