F2 testing: McLaren F1 reserve Norris leads day one at Paul Ricard

McLaren Formula 1 reserve driver Lando Norris set the fastest time on the first day of Formula 2 pre-season testing at Paul Ricard

F2 testing: McLaren F1 reserve Norris leads day one at Paul Ricard

The F2 rookie, who will drive for returning outfit Carlin this season, was quickest in both the rain-affected morning session and on a dry track in the afternoon, ending the day with a best effort of 1m43.095s.

Tuesday's track action marked the first collective timed test for the new halo-fitted Dallara F2 2018 car, three weeks on from the shakedown runs teams completed at Magny-Cours.

Norris topped the morning session with a 1m56.136s lap on wet tyres, ending the first half of the day nine tenths clear of his nearest rival, MP Motorsport's new signing Ralph Boschung.

The Brit was quickest for the majority of the afternoon, too, but was shuffled down the order soon after the session entered its final hour - only to quickly reclaim top spot.

Fellow McLaren junior Nyck de Vries, who joined F2's leading team Prema in the off-season, finished the day in second and was two tenths off the pace.

Norris' Carlin team-mate Sergio Sette Camara was a close third, as he had been in the morning session, despite triggering one of a number of red-flag stoppages with an off.

Luca Ghiotto was fourth on the day for Campos, ahead of ART's Mercedes-backed reigning GP3 champion George Russell and second Prema driver Sean Gelael.

Russell's ART team-mate Jack Aitken, who will act as Renault's F1 reserve this season, took seventh overall, heading Arden duo Nirei Fukuzumi (above) and Maximilian Gunther.

Williams junior Oliver Rowland, testing for DAMS in place of the injured Nicholas Latifi, made up the top 10, with Alex Albon 14th after sitting out almost the entire afternoon due to an engine change.

Ex-F1 driver Roberto Merhi was 16th for MP Motorsport, while Russian Time's 2017 F2 runner-up Artem Markelov propped up the order, without a slick-tyre laptime to his name.

Morning times

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Lando Norris Carlin 1m56.136s - 30
2 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1m57.037s 0.901s 27
3 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1m57.289s 1.153s 22
4 Alexander Albon DAMS 1m57.357s 1.221s 28
5 Arjun Maini Trident 1m57.591s 1.455s 36
6 Maximilian Guenther BWT Arden 1m57.742s 1.606s 25
7 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1m58.358s 2.222s 20
8 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 1m58.619s 2.483s 19
9 Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 1m58.780s 2.644s 18
10 Santino Ferrucci Trident 1m58.899s 2.763s 25
11 Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 1m59.759s 3.623s 17
12 Luca Ghiotto Campos Vexatec Racing 2m00.067s 3.931s 20
13 Nyck de Vries Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 2m00.088s 3.952s 11
14 Sean Gelael Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 2m00.095s 3.959s 23
15 Tadasuke Makino RUSSIAN TIME 2m03.229s 7.093s 8
16 Roy Nissany Campos Vexatec Racing 2m03.983s 7.847s 15
17 George Russell ART Grand Prix 2m04.282s 8.146s 8
18 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 2m10.443s 14.307s 13
19 Oliver Rowland DAMS 2m12.894s 16.758s 2

Afternoon times

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Lando Norris Carlin 1m43.095s - 29
2 Nyck de Vries Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1m43.282s 0.187s 32
3 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1m43.401s 0.306s 29
4 Luca Ghiotto Campos Vexatec Racing 1m43.707s 0.612s 33
5 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1m43.745s 0.650s 20
6 Sean Gelael Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1m43.844s 0.749s 40
7 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1m44.115s 1.020s 34
8 Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 1m44.232s 1.137s 35
9 Maximilian Guenther BWT Arden 1m44.277s 1.182s 26
10 Oliver Rowland DAMS 1m44.345s 1.250s 25
11 Arjun Maini Trident 1m44.522s 1.427s 31
12 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1m44.603s 1.508s 28
13 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 1m44.807s 1.712s 11
14 Alexander Albon DAMS 1m44.950s 1.855s 4
15 Santino Ferrucci Trident 1m45.023s 1.928s 25
16 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1m45.086s 1.991s 29
17 Roy Nissany Campos Vexatec Racing 1m46.166s 3.071s 36
18 Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 1m46.480s 3.385s 3
19 Tadasuke Makino RUSSIAN TIME 1m47.050s 3.955s 11
20 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME - - 13


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