Championship Leader Aron Tops Practice in Spain

Championship Leader Aron Tops Practice in Spain


Paul Aron topped Practice in FIA Formula 2 in a highly competitive session at the Circuit De Barcelona-Catalunya.

The Estonian went quicker than his nearest challengers, Enzo Fittipaldi and Franco Colapinto, who were separated by under two-tenths of a second.

The opening few minutes of Practice remained relatively quiet, with multiple drivers only completing installation laps.

The two AIX Racing cars of Taylor Barnard and Joshua Dürksen took advantage of the empty track to set sequential lap times on the white sidewalled hard tyre in Spain.

10 minutes into the 45-minute session, Dürksen set the pace with a 1:28.149, with Ritomo Miyata in second place ahead of Barnard.

The Paraguayan continued to raise the bar, setting a 1:27.742 as the track gained grip and more Pirelli rubber was laid down.

With half an hour to go, Miyata usurped Dürksen by just a tenth of a second as more cars joined the circuit.

Andrea Kimi Antonelli went to the top of the timesheets on his first flying lap, fractionally faster than Miyata before being beaten by his team mate Ollie Bearman.

There were concerns about bodywork damage to the Italian’s car as a flurry of cars set quick lap times as the session progressed.

With 20 minutes remaining, the championship leader, Aron, held the quickest time with a 1:26.922, ahead of Colapinto and American Jak Crawford.

DAMS drivers Crawford and Juan Manuel Correa were enjoying a competitive session, sitting in third and fourth place, before Correa’s lap time was deleted.

By contrast, Isack Hadjar suffered a quiet session and only left the pit lane with just under 20 minutes to go.

Gabriel Bortoleto locked up at Turn 1 and ran into the runoff area before quickly re-joining the circuit. The Brazilian sat in 18th place, slightly slower than his Invicta Racing team mate Kush Maini.

Hadjar eventually set a competitive lap time, slotting into seventh place for Campos, just four-tenths of a second behind pace-setter Aron.

The drivers pushed for one lap and cooled the tyres down on the next lap before increasing their pace on the very hot track, which sat at 39.2 °.

Antonelli ran wide at the final turn, hitting the gravel but critically avoiding the barrier on the outside.

Qualifying will be vitally important on a circuit that is difficult to pass on, and two points are available for pole position.

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