Boschung tops rain-hampered Imola Practice

Boschung tops rain-hampered Imola Practice

Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung set the fastest time in a chaotic practice session in the third round of the FIA Formula 2 season as the Swiss driver became the only man to break into the 1:41s.

The session was similar to the FIA Formula 3 free practice session earlier, as it ended prematurely with three red flags and four retirements due to the adverse track conditions.

Despite having a good history with the circuit back in his Italian F4 days, Marcus Armstrong was the first to bring out a red flag in the session as he crashed into the wall. But unfortunately, his troubles didn’t stop there as the stewards investigated him for not replacing his steering wheel. 

The second red flag was from Carlin’s rookie Logan Sargeant, after seemingly spinning his car and having to stop on the track for recovery.

Boschung had been an ever-present figure near the top of the leaderboard since the start of the 30-minute session. And the Campos driver still managed to secure the quickest time even after he triggered the third and final red flag after crashing out into the wall late on.

Hitech’s Juri Vips took second place after being in contention for the fastest time before Boschung’s impressive late-session 1:41.996, and PREMA Racing’s Jehan Daruvala rounded out the top three.

Further back, MP Motorsport’s Clement Novalak settled in fourth fastest ahead of Marino Sato in the first Virtuosi Racing car. Championship leader Felipe Drugovich finished sixth for MP Motorsport.

The FIA Formula 3 reigning champion Dennis Hauger completed the session in seventh, ahead of Trident’s Richard Verschoor.

Charouz Racing System’s newest addition David Beckmann completed his first 2022 F2 session in ninth, with the championship hopeful Liam Lawson rounding out the top ten.

After revising the running order due to the rain, the FIA Formula 2 will return to action for the qualifying session at 6:30 PM local time.

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