The final day of FIA Formula 2 post-season testing began at Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi at 09:00 Local Time on 1st December.
We commenced proceedings with another warm day on the track, with the asphalt temperature recorded at 32.1°C.
Following a couple of warm-up cycles, the quick laps started to emerge, with the drivers now benefiting from almost a week’s worth of rubber laid on the track, providing ideal grip conditions.
Both DAMS drivers looked quick out of the gate, with Crawford setting the early pace with a 1:36.551.
20 minutes in, and on his 10th lap, Colapinto shaved off 0.090 from that time to record a 1:36.461.
40 minutes into the session, Hadjar, racing this season with Campos, posted the fastest lap of 1:36.180 on his 13th lap. Most drivers by now had completed a dozen laps.
We had a red flag as Maloney’s Rodin Carlin car caught fire at Turn 13 under the hotel. The team did a great job re-building the car in preparation for the afternoon session. Speaking to Zane after the session he said, “He was happy with the pace and the testing so far.”
The drivers returned to the track under green flag conditions with two hours remaining. Hadjar quickly regained his pace, setting another quick lap of 1:35.958 before we saw another red flag, with both Hitech driver Paul Aron and PREMA’s Bearman being towed back to the pits.
The session resumed with 1 hour 38 minutes remaining and by now, most of the drivers had posted times in the 1:36s. This is how things stood with 1 hour to go in the session.
The focus of this session was on longer race condition runs. Villagomez completed the most rotations with 56 laps recorded.
With 23 minutes remaining, Trident’s Christian Mansell had a high-speed spin coming through Turn 11, touching the rear wing against the barriers. Minimal damage was done and the car was towed back to the garage.
Some cars went back out on track to complete their respective programmes, however, the timesheets remained the same as the session drew to a close.
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