Ricard Formula 2 testing: McLaren reserve Lando Norris fastest

McLaren Formula 1 reserve Lando Norris remained at the top of the timesheets as he led a Carlin one-two in Formula 2 testing at Paul Ricard on Wednesday

Ricard Formula 2 testing: McLaren reserve Lando Norris fastest

Norris clocked the fastest time during the morning session, and it remained unbeaten across the remainder of the day's running.

His time of 1m42.226s was over eight tenths of a second faster than his Tuesday benchmark as he wound up 0.161s clear of Carlin team-mate Sergio Sette Camara, whose best time also came in the morning.

Unlike in Tuesday's wet/dry running, Norris did not lead both sessions, with Alexander Albon heading the times during the afternoon action.

Albon, who has switched to DAMS after racing for ART last season, placed third overall on the combined timesheets, within two tenths of Norris's fastest effort.

Renault F1 reserve driver Jack Aitken was fourth, in front of Louis Deletraz (pictured above) - who is this year driving for series newcomer Charouz, the team that guided Pietro Fittipaldi to the 2017 Formula V8 3.5 title.

GP3 graduate Arjun Maini finished sixth for Trident as his morning time eclipsed Prema's Nyck de Vries by just 0.001s, de Vries placing runner-up to ex GP3 team-mate Albon across the afternoon action.

Williams junior Oliver Rowland, testing once more for DAMS in place of the unwell Nicholas Latifi, wound up eighth, in front of Mercedes-backed GP3 champion George Russell and Honda protege Nirei Fukuzumi.

Morning times

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Lando Norris Carlin 1m42.226s - 41
2 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1m42.387s 0.161s 38
3 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1m42.566s 0.340s 46
4 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 1m42.698s 0.472s 35
5 Arjun Maini Trident 1m42.700s 0.474s 48
6 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1m42.951s 0.725s 37
7 Nyck de Vries Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1m43.008s 0.782s 20
8 Luca Ghiotto Campos Vexatec Racing 1m43.197s 0.971s 38
9 Alexander Albon DAMS 1m43.197s 0.971s 37
10 Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 1m43.343s 1.117s 33
11 Sean Gelael Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1m43.345s 1.119s 36
12 Oliver Rowland DAMS 1m43.363s 1.137s 17
13 Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 1m43.608s 1.382s 29
14 Santino Ferrucci Trident 1m43.720s 1.494s 42
15 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1m43.766s 1.540s 29
16 Maximilian Guenther BWT Arden 1m44.207s 1.981s 14
17 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m44.564s 2.338s 38
18 Roy Nissany Campos Vexatec Racing 1m44.626s 2.400s 33
19 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1m44.893s 2.667s 5
20 Tadasuke Makino RUSSIAN TIME 1m45.872s 3.646s 8

Afternoon times

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Alexander Albon DAMS 1m42.406s - 32
2 Nyck de Vries Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1m42.701s 0.295s 36
3 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 1m42.803s 0.397s 45
4 Oliver Rowland DAMS 1m42.840s 0.434s 35
5 Arjun Maini Trident 1m42.903s 0.497s 42
6 Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 1m43.081s 0.675s 39
7 Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 1m43.324s 0.918s 46
8 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1m43.328s 0.922s 38
9 Lando Norris Carlin 1m43.375s 0.969s 35
10 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1m43.391s 0.985s 36
11 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m43.495s 1.089s 43
12 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1m43.583s 1.177s 35
13 Luca Ghiotto Campos Vexatec Racing 1m43.720s 1.314s 33
14 Santino Ferrucci Trident 1m44.020s 1.614s 30
15 Sean Gelael Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1m44.055s 1.649s 28
16 Tadasuke Makino RUSSIAN TIME 1m44.380s 1.974s 33
17 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1m44.745s 2.339s 37
18 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1m45.980s 3.574s 9
19 Roy Nissany Campos Vexatec Racing 1m46.968s 4.562s 46
20 Maximilian Guenther BWT Arden 1m54.558s 12.152s 4

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