Boschung tops final session, Lundgaard fastest overall at Bahrain F2 test

Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung topped the final session of the FIA Formula 2 Championship pre-season test at Bahrain.

Boschung tops final session, Lundgaard fastest overall at Bahrain F2 test

The Swiss driver, sporting a special tribute livery of his car to Campos Racing’s recently deceased founder Adrian Campos, clocked a 1m44.095s time, which proved enough to end the session fastest.

Boschung emerged at the top of the timesheets at the end of the first hour having posted a 1m47.100s, before going on to lower the benchmark further in the final 10 minutes.

Team-mate Gianluca Petecof and Williams Formula 1 test driver Roy Nissany (DAMS) fired in late efforts to slot into second and third respectively. Petecof’s personal best was 0.632s shy of Boschung.

While Boschung took the spoils in the final session of the there-day test, it was ART Grand Prix’s Christian Lundgaard who proved fastest overall.

The Dane’s 1m41.697s effort set midway through Tuesday’s morning session, during a qualifying run, was the time to beat for the rest of the field.

Lundgaard’s lap was only 0.218s shy of the pole position time set by Callum Ilott at last year’s championship round at the Sakhir circuit.

Christian Lundgaard, ART Grand Prix

Christian Lundgaard, ART Grand Prix

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Race simulations were the order for the final three hour session with only a few drivers venturing out for late flying laps.

Prema Racing’s Robert Shwartzman was fourth fastest in the afternoon running although he was the first of a bunch of runners that elected against going for a late fast lap. His respective time logged during a race run was some 2.241s adrift of the pacesetter Boschung.

MP Motorsport's Lirim Zendeli ended up fifth ahead of the second Prema of FIA Formula 3 champion Oscar Piastri.

Liam Lawson (Hitech Grand Prix) spent the first half of the session in the pits before going on to post a time good enough for seventh.

Fellow FIA F3 graduates Theo Pourchaire (ART Grand Prix) and Richard Verschoor (MP Motorsport) were eighth and ninth, while Charouz Racing’s Guilherme Samaia rounded out the top 10.

The morning pacesetter Marcus Armstrong (DAMS) was 11th fastest, while Lundgaard, who topped the times overall, was down in 18th position.

The teams will return to the circuit for the F2 championship season opener at the Bahrain Grand Prix on 26-28 March.

Bahrain F2 test results - Day 3, Session 2

Cla # Driver Team Laps Time Gap Interval Mph
1 21 Switzerland Ralph Boschung Spain Campos Racing 59 1'44.905     185.722
2 20 Brazil Gianluca Petecof Spain Campos Racing 55 1'45.537 0.632 0.632 184.610
3 16 Israel Roy Nissany France DAMS 60 1'46.104 1.199 0.567 183.623
4 1 Russian Federation Robert Shwartzman Italy Prema Powerteam 53 1'47.146 2.241 1.042 181.837
5 12 Germany Lirim Zendeli Netherlands MP Motorsport 60 1'47.307 2.402 0.161 181.565
6 2 Australia Oscar Piastri Italy Prema Powerteam 53 1'47.326 2.421 0.019 181.532
7 7 New Zealand Liam Lawson United Kingdom HitechGP 39 1'47.409 2.504 0.083 181.392
8 10 France Theo Pourchaire France ART Grand Prix 42 1'47.426 2.521 0.017 181.363
9 11 Netherlands Richard Verschoor Netherlands MP Motorsport 57 1'47.598 2.693 0.172 181.073
10 15 Brazil Guilherme Samaia Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 43 1'47.698 2.793 0.100 180.905
11 17 New Zealand Marcus Armstrong France DAMS 61 1'47.891 2.986 0.193 180.582
12 22 Italy Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 39 1'47.893 2.988 0.002 180.578
13 5 United Kingdom Dan Ticktum United Kingdom Carlin 64 1'47.965 3.060 0.072 180.458
14 6 India Jehan Daruvala United Kingdom Carlin 61 1'48.128 3.223 0.163 180.186
15 8 Estonia Jüri Vips United Kingdom HitechGP 39 1'48.332 3.427 0.204 179.847
16 3 China Guanyu Zhou United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 50 1'48.446 3.541 0.114 179.658
17 23 Italy Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 36 1'48.456 3.551 0.010 179.641
18 9 Denmark Christian Lundgaard France ART Grand Prix 41 1'48.487 3.582 0.031 179.590
19 4 Brazil Felipe Drugovich United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 43 1'48.613 3.708 0.126 179.381
20 24 Netherlands Bent Viscaal Italy Trident 41 1'48.630 3.725 0.017 179.353
21 25 Japan Marino Sato Italy Trident 41 1'48.926 4.021 0.296 178.866
22 14 Germany David Beckmann Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 33 1'50.048 5.143 1.122 177.042
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