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Lundgaard fastest as Bahrain F2 testing continues

Christian Lundgaard set the fastest time in FIA Formula 2 pre-season testing so far to top the morning session on the second day in Bahrain.

Christian Lundgaard, ART Grand Prix

Christian Lundgaard, ART Grand Prix

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The ART Grand Prix racer was the only the driver to dip under the 1m42s bracket as the Dane fired in an effort only 0.218s shy of the pole position time set by Callum Ilott at last year’s championship round at the Sakhir circuit.

Lundgaard had emerged at the top of the timesheets in the first hour with a 1m43.514s before progressing to a 1m41.697s, set midway through the three hour session, which ultimately stood until the chequered flag.

Times in general were much faster than those seen on the opening day as teams and drivers appeared to focus on qualifying simulations, logging far more laps compared to yesterday.

F2 rookie Bent Viscaal, driving for Trident, proved to be Lundgaard’s nearest challenger with the Dutchman having sat at the top of the leaderboard until the ART driver struck, leaving him 0.331s adrift.

New Zealander Marcus Armstrong was third fastest, only 0.010s shy in the #17 DAMS entry, but ahead of countryman Liam Lawson (Hitech Grand Prix) in fourth.

One of the early title contenders Robert Shwartzman enjoyed a far more productive second day of the test, logging 27 laps as he ended up fifth, in front of the second Hitech Grand Prix entry of Juri Vips.

The top 10 was completed by 2020 FIA Formula 3 runner-up Theo Pourchaire (ART Grand Prix), Roy Nissany (DAMS), reigning F3 champion Oscar Piastri (Prema Racing) and Trident’s Marino Sato.

Dan Ticktum

Dan Ticktum

Yesterday’s pacesetters Dan Ticktum (Carlin) and David Beckmann (Charouz Racing) were 11th and 14th fastest respectively.

Charouz Racing’s Guilherme Samaia logged the most mileage putting 50 laps in the books in a session that was interrupted by two brief red flag periods.

The session was halted in the first and last hour, with the second stoppage appeared to have been caused by HWA Racelab’s Alessio Deledda, who suffered a mechanical issue in the final 20 minutes of the session.

Teams will be back in action later today for the afternoon session which concludes at 2pm GMT.

Pos   Driver  Team  Time   Gap  Laps 
Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1'41.697   39
Bent Viscaal Trident 1'42.028 0.331 28
Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1'42.038 0.341 26
Liam Lawson Hitech Grand Prix 1'42.256 0.559 28
Robert Shwartzman Prema Racing 1'42.257 0.560 27
Jüri Vips Hitech Grand Prix 1'42.299 0.602 22
Théo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1'42.347 0.650 42
Roy Nissany DAMS 1'42.419 0.722 31
Oscar Piastri Prema Racing 1'42.462 0.765 32
10  Marino Sato Trident 1'42.997 1.300 27
11  Dan Ticktum Carlin 1'43.158 1.461 35
12  Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1'43.206 1.509 40
13  Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1'43.616 1.919 35
14  David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1'43.954 2.257 48
15  Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 1'43.997 2.300 38
16  Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1'44.346 2.649 31
17  Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1'44.485 2.788 31
18  Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1'44.575 2.878 50
19  Gianluca Petecof Campos Racing 1'45.419 3.722 33
20  Felipe Drugovich UNI-Virtuosi 1'45.865 4.168 46
21  Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 1'45.865 4.168 20
22  Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 1'46.413 4.716 13

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