Formula 2 – De Vries ends F2 pre-season testing on top

Nyck de Vries has once again topped the timesheets in the final day of the FIA Formula 2 pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona. The ART Grand Prix driver set a laptime of 1:27.024 in the morning session to head Luca Ghiotto and Louis Delétraz. In the afternoon, Juan Manuel Correa was quickest.
 
Day 3 of testing opened in sunny conditions. Nicholas Latifi was the first driver to hit the track whilst de Vries set the early pace ahead of Ghiotto. The Dutchman improved further to set a time of 1:27.576 in the first half hour of the running. Carlin’s drivers Delétraz and Nobuharu Matsushita also broke the 1m28s barrier to move up to second and third respectively.
 
The drivers switched from Medium to Soft tyres and Ghiotto went top in a 1:27.263 whilst teammate Guanyu Zhou moved up to second (+0.191s). De Vries also found some extra pace to clock in a blazing laptime of 1:27.024 as Delétraz went third quickest behind Ghiotto.
 
Just before the midway point, the man of the day de Vries spun and stopped at Turn 2 bringing out a red flag. The remainder of the session was dedicated to race simulations and pit stop practices. At the chequered flag the top 3 remained unchanged. Zhou, Matsushita, Nikita Mazepin, Jack Aitken, Sérgio Sette Câmara, Sean Gelael and Ralph Boschung rounded up the top 10.
 
After a one-hour break, the pit lane re-opened. Delétraz was the first man back on track ten minutes later. Soon after that Roberto Merhi signed the quickest laptime to sit pretty at the top of the timesheets ahead of Tatiana Calderon and Boschung.
 
It was a studious afternoon for the teams and the drivers who once again focused on long runs. Twenty minutes before the chequered flag, Correa went fastest by three tenths over Merhi. Calderon ended third ahead of Boschung, Richard Verschoor (who replaced Jordan King at MP Motorsport today), Sette Câmara, Matsushita, Gelael, Aitken and Latifi.
 
This concluded the pre-season testing for the FIA Formula 2 Championship. It’s time for the teams to pack up and get ready for the first Round of the 2019 season which will kick off at the Bahrain International circuit on March 29-31.
 
FIA Formula 2 Barcelona Test – Day 3 Morning Session
 
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPTIME
LAPS
1
Nyck de Vries
ART Grand Prix
1:27.024
24
2
Luca Ghiotto
UNI Virtuosi
1:27.263
29
3
Louis Delétraz
Carlin
1:27.421
23
4
Guanyu Zhou
UNI Virtuosi
1:27.454
30
5
Nobuharu Matsushita
Carlin
1:27.585
30
6
Nikita Mazepin
ART Grand Prix
1:27.731
38
7
Jack Aitken
Campos Racing
1:27.817
23
8
Sérgio Sette Câmara
DAMS
1:27.821
29
9
Sean Gelael
PREMA Racing
1:27.959
38
10
Ralph Boschung
Trident
1:27.960
43
11
Mick Schumacher
PREMA Racing
1:28.022
51
12
Callum Ilott
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:28.022
49
13
Roberto Merhi
Campos Racing
1:28.209
27
14
Juan Manuel Correa
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:28.424
26
15
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:28.463
39
16
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:28.782
52
17
Anthoine Hubert
BWT Arden
1:28.856
31
18
Richard Verchoor
MP Motorsport
1:28.892
36
19
Mahaveer Raghunathan
MP Motorsport
1:29.955
26
20
Tatiana Calderon
BWT Arden
1:30.503
19
 
FIA Formula 2 Barcelona Test – Day 3 Afternoon Session
 
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPTIME
LAPS
1
Juan Manuel Correa
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:30.095
49
2
Roberto Merhi
Campos Racing
1:30.441
43
3
Tatiana Calderon
BWT Arden
1:30.508
57
4
Ralph Boschung
Trident
1:32.768
49
5
Richard Verchoor
MP Motorsport
1:33.039
44
6
Sérgio Sette Câmara
DAMS
1:34.374
46
7
Nobuharu Matsushita
Carlin
1:34.403
57
8
Sean Gelael
PREMA Racing
1:34.433
54
9
Jack Aitken
Campos Racing
1:34.551
47
10
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:34.687
64
11
Nyck de Vries
ART Grand Prix
1:34.712
58
12
Louis Delétraz
Carlin
1:34.784
52
13
Guanyu Zhou
UNI Virtuosi
1:34.817
44
14
Luca Ghiotto
UNI Virtuosi
1:35.048
56
15
Nikita Mazepin
ART Grand Prix
1:35.050
58
16
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:35.083
47
17
Anthoine Hubert
BWT Arden
1:35.238
59
18
Mahaveer Raghunathan
MP Motorsport
1:35.554
33
19
Mick Schumacher
PREMA Racing
1:35.879
63
20
Callum Ilott
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:36.055
39

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