Day 1 Testing in Sakhir, Bahrain

Day 1 Testing in Sakhir, Bahrain

FIA Formula 2 returned to track action today in the 2022 pre-season test at Sakhir, Bahrain.

Back to Back Champions PREMA led through large chunks of the sessions in both the morning and afternoon. In the morning Carlin’s Liam Lawson went fastest just ahead of MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich.

Although there is no coverage to view from testing you can keep up-to-date with the action via social media and the FIA Formula 2 official website’s live timing screen.

Morning Highlights

There are plenty of new faces on the grid this year which is always nice to see with the FIA Formula 3 graduates Iwasa, Doohan, Vesti, Novalak, Williams, Caldwell, Sargeant, Cordeel, and F3 Champion Dennis Hauger all getting a feel out on track.

Many eyes will be on young Turkish driver Cem Bölükbasi this year, following his move in recent times from virtual, car, and now formula racing, seeing him step into the top feeder series.

There were three delays during the session as Hitech’s Jüri Vips twice stopped on track, while Campos Racing’s Olli Caldwell also came to a halt.

Lawson took the lead for Carlin halfway through the session, with a time of 1:44.522, ahead of Drugovich, Williams Acadamy driver Sargeant, Red Bull junior Daruvala in fourth. Virtuosi’s Jack Doohan completed the top five places.

SESSION RESULTS

POSDRIVERTEAMTIMEINT.
1LAWSONCARLIN1:44.522
2DRUGOVICHMP1:44.910+0.388
3SargeantCARLIN1:45.010+0.488
4DARUVALAPREMA1:45.103+0.581
5DOOHANVIRTUOSI1:45.182+0.660
6SATOVIRTUOSI1:45.204+0.682
7ARMSTRONGHITECH1:45.363+0.841
8HUGHESVAR1:45.424+0.902
9POURCHAIREART1:45.451+0.929
10BOSCHUNGCAMPOS1:45.522+1.000
11NOVALAKMP1:45.606+1.084
12FITTIPALDICHAROUZ1:45.617+1.095
13HAUGERPREMA1:45.783+1.261
14VESTIART1:45.824+1.302
15IWASADAMS1:45.996+1.474
16CALDWELLCAMPOS1:46.002+1.480
17NISSANYDAMS1:46.037+1.515
18VERSCHOORTRIDENT1:46.565+2.043
19CORDEELVAR1:46.576+2.054
20BÖLÜKBASICHAROUZ1:47.425+2.903
21VIPSHITECH2:02.518+17.996
22WILLIAMSTRIDENT2:05.945+21.423

Afternoon Highlights

Drugovich was fronting the timesheets for most of the PM sessions as the F2 teams run various scenarios on their cars.

However, following a couple of red flags, Lawson returned to the top of the order with a 1:43.498 for Carlin.

PREMA had some quick qualifying runs in the second half of the session. This saw Daruvala lap at 1:42.074 with Calan Williams in second and FIA Formula 3 Champion Hauger in third.

SESSION RESULTS

DRIVERTEAMTIMEINT.
1DARUVALAPREMA1:42.074
2WILLIAMSTRIDENT1:42.590+0.516
3HAUGERPREMA1:42.602+0.528
4LAWSONCARLIN1:43.478+1.404
5SargeantCARLIN1:43.483+1.409
6DRUGOVICHMP1:43.590+1.516
7ARMSTRONGHITECH1:43.877+1.803
8FITTIPALDICHAROUZ1:43.946+1.872
9VIPSHITECH1:43.946+1.872
10NISSANYDAMS1:44.003+1.929
11POURCHAIREART1:44.132+2.058
12BOSCHUNGCAMPOS1:44.156+2.082
13SATOVIRTUOSI1:44.212+2.138
14HUGHESVAR1:44.271+2.197
15IWASADAMS1:44.289+2.215
16CALDWELLCAMPOS1:44.443+2.369
17VESTIART1:44.457+2.383
18DOOHANVIRTUOSI1:44.498+2.424
19NOVALAKMP1:44.539+2.465
20VERSCHOORTRIDENT1:44.778+2.704
21CORDEELVAR1:45.644+3.570
22BÖLÜKBASICHAROUZ1:48.637+6.563

We look forward to seeing day 2 of testing from Bahrain tomorrow morning.

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