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FIA Formula 2 – Louis Delétraz tops Day 1 at Yas Marina

Louis Deletraz (Carlin)[/caption]

Louis Delétraz set the best laptime overall with reigning Champions Carlin in today’s Day 1 of post-season testing at the Yas Marina Circuit. The Swiss driver is the only man today who has dipped under 1m50s; he lapped the track in a 1:49.984 this evening to top the timesheet ahead of RUSSIAN TIME’s Luca Ghiotto and rookie Callum Ilott with Charouz Racing System.

As soon as the pitlane opened this morning all twenty cars dove onto the track with Juan Manuel Correa (MP Motorsport) the first man to set a time. ART’s Nyck De Vries went top in the first 30 minutes with a laptime of 1:51.311 ahead of GP3 graduates Ilott and Ryan Tveter (Trident). F2 returnee Nobuharu Matsushita rapidly found a good pace with his 2019 Carlin car to move up to P2 in the timesheet just before Nicholas Latifi broke the 1m51s barrier and lapped the track in a 1:50.910, enough to claim the top spot.

De Vries also improved on his personal best to dip under 1m51s, but he ended 2 hundredths slower than Latifi. In the final hour, Ghiotto went P1 in a 1:50.562 – a time that no one could beat until the end of the session. The proceedings were halted briefly with 30 minutes left on the clock after De Vries stopped on track at Turn 11.

At the chequered flag, Ghiotto led Latifi, De Vries, Tveter, Matsushita, Sergio Sette Câmara, Ilott, Anthoine Hubert, Leonardo Pulcini and Delétraz.

2018 GP3 Champion Hubert set the early pace in the evening session until Sette Câmara went quickest in a 1:50.814. De Vries also improved to go top with a laptime 4 tenths better than the Brazilian’s.

As the sun slowly set above the circuit, Latifi completed a flyer to go quickest in a 1:50.327 but the session was soon red flagged following a technical issue with the lighting system. After this was fixed, the action resumed and the session was extended by the amount of time lost. Delétraz put his head down and went top in a 1:50.089.

[caption id="attachment_68866" align="alignright" width="300"] Ralph Boschung (BWT Arden)[/caption]

The proceedings were halted once more courtesy of Thomas Laurent: the Frenchman stopped at Turn 16. The remainder of the session was studious. Delétraz found some extra pace to break the 1m50s barrier and clocked in a laptime of a 1:49.984 with one hour and thirty minutes left in the day.

At the chequered flag, Delétraz remained P1 ahead of Ghiotto, Ilott, Latifi, De Vries, Tatiana Caldéron, Sette Câmara, Matsushita, Sean Gelael, and Correa. Ralph Boschung finish the day at the 17th rank.

Day 2 will start at 11.45, local time.

2018 Post-season testing – Day 1: morning session classification

  DRIVER TEAM TIME LAP
1 Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 1:50.562 20
2 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:50.910 24
3 Nyck De Vries ART Grand Prix 1:50.931 21
4 Ryan Tveter Trident 1:51.114 29
5 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin 1:51.137 23
6 Sergio Sette Câmara DAMS 1:51.176 21
7 Callum Ilott Charouz Racing System 1:51.333 27
8 Anthoine Hubert MP Motorsport 1:51.366 20
9 Leonardo Pulcini Trident 1:51.575 26
10 Louis Delétraz Carlin 1:51.651 23
11 Guanyu Zhou RUSSIAN TIME 1:52.063 19
12 Juan Manuel Correa MP Motorsport 1:52.340 26
13 Tatiana Caldéron Charouz Racing System 1:52.397 19
14 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1:52.592 32
15 Ralph Boschung BWT Arden 1:52.937 18
16 Ralf Aron Campos Vexatec Racing 1:52.944 27
17 Marino Sato Campos Vexatec Racing 1:53.848 25
18 Thomas Laurent BWT Arden 1:54.172 23
19 Mick Schumacher PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 2:00.677 26
20 Sean Gelael PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 2:13.547 25

 

2018 Post-season testing – Day 1: evening session classification

  DRIVER TEAM TIME LAP
1 Louis Delétraz Carlin 1:49.984 27
2 Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 1:50.127 28
3 Callum Ilott Charouz Racing System 1:50.250 30
4 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:50.317 30
5 Nyck De Vries ART Grand Prix 1:50.335 29
6 Tatiana Caldéron Charouz Racing System 1:50.361 36
7 Sergio Sette Câmara DAMS 1:50.449 27
8 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin 1:50.511 28
9 Sean Gelael PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 1:50.539 25
10 Juan Manuel Correa MP Motorsport 1:50.587 30
11 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1:50.707 31
12 Mick Schumacher PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 1:50.802 30
13 Anthoine Hubert MP Motorsport 1:51.178 27
14 Guanyu Zhou RUSSIAN TIME 1:51.303 26
15 Ryan Tveter Trident 1:51.439 27
16 Ralf Aron Campos Vexatec Racing 1:51.731 23
17 Ralph Boschung BWT Arden 1:51.989 28
18 Marino Sato Campos Vexatec Racing 1:52.220 27
19 Leonardo Pulcini Trident 1:52.766 12
20 Thomas Laurent BWT Arden 1:54.220 22

Press release FIA Formula 2

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