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FIA Formula 2 test opens in Bahrain

_SBL5593The second pre-season test of the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship kicks off tomorrow, with another three day session taking place this time out at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. The teams and drivers will look to improve their cars from Wednesday 29th to Friday 31st March at the circuit which will see the racing debut of the new championship in just a few weeks’ time, on April 14th at the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

This test follows on from the first FIA Formula 2 session held earlier this month at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain which saw the teams put their drivers and cars through their paces ahead for the first time this year. The teams were blessed with good weather throughout the 3 days, which saw Johnny Cecotto grab the honours on the first morning with a last lap push ahead of Oliver Rowland and Nobuharu Matsushita, with the Japanese driver flying to the top spot in the afternoon, ahead of ART teammate Alexander Albon and Norman Nato.
Albon took the honours for day two, from Cecotto and Artem Markelov, as the teams worked on qualifying set ups, while the afternoon was set aside for race simulations, with Nyck De Vries topping the session for Rapax ahead of the PREMA pairing of Antonio Fuoco and Charles Leclerc. Day three saw more of the same, with Nato topping the qualifying style morning session with the top time of the 3 days on 1:27.834, ahead of Rowland and Albon, with Luca Ghiotto taking the honours in the final session, ahead of Rapax teammates Cecotto and De Vries.
The Bahrain test sees just one driver change, with South African Raoul Hyman stepping up with Campos Racing to get behind the wheel of car #12. As usual, Pirelli have selected two different compounds for these three days, this time utilising the Medium (Prime) and Soft (Option) tyres. Each driver will be supplied with five sets of Prime and two sets of Option. The sessions will start each day at 09:00 local time and run until 12:00: on Monday and Tuesday the afternoon session will run from 14:00 to 17:00, while on Wednesday this will be pushed forward an hour to 13:00 before closing at 16:00.
FIA Formula 2 Championship – Bahrain Test Session: Drivers’ Entry List
CAR
DRIVER
LICENSE
TEAM
01
Charles Leclerc
MON
PREMA Racing
02
Antonio Fuoco
ITA
PREMA Racing
03
Louis Deletraz
SUI
Racing Engineering
04
Gustav Malja
SWE
Racing Engineering
05
Luca Ghiotto
ITA
RUSSIAN TIME
06
Artem Markelov
RUS
RUSSIAN TIME
07
Nobuharu Matsushita
JPN
ART Grand Prix
08
Alexander Albon
THA
ART Grand Prix
09
Oliver Rowland
GBR
DAMS
10
Nicholas Latifi
CAN
DAMS
11
Ralph Boschung
SUI
Campos Racing
12
Raoul Hyman
RSA
Campos Racing
14
Sergio Sette Camara
BRA
MP Motorsport
15
Jordan King
GBR
MP Motorsport
16
Nabil Jeffri
MAS
Trident
17
Sergio Canamasas
ESP
Trident
18
Nyck De Vries
NED
Rapax
19
Johnny Cecotto
VEN
Rapax
20
Norman Nato
FRA
Pertamina Arden
21
Sean Gelael
INA
Pertamina Arden

Press release FIA Formula 2

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