F2 Testing – DAY 3 PM REPORT

F2 Testing – DAY 3 PM REPORT

F2 Testing – DAY 3 PM REPORT

The final FIA Formula 2 session of the year began at Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi at 14:00 Local Time on 1st December.

We commenced proceedings with another warm evening on the track, with the asphalt temperature recorded at 37.7°C.

After only a couple of warm-up laps, we had an early stoppage at Turn 5 with Bearman.

The clock started pretty soon afterwards, and it was F2 newcomer for testing, Christian Mansell, who posted the first push lap with a 1:38.886. Just behind was PREMA’s F2 rookie Antonelli with a 1:39.515, and his teammate Bearman 0.787 behind, taking us to the 30-minute mark for the top 3.

Fresh from a full re-working of the car following the fire this morning, Zane Maloney didn’t hold back and went quicker still on his 6th lap of the session, posting a 1:37.261, picking up essentially where he left off yesterday.

With 2 hours to go, plenty of rookies were leading the timesheets: Maloney, Mansell, Miyata, Duerksen, Bortoleto, and Antonelli, in that order.

With 1 hour remaining of our 2023 season, the drivers navigated themselves slowly into the garages after completing around 40 laps.

After a short interval, the teams and drivers reset and got running, running their respective final programmes of the year.

With 1 hour on the clock, Maloney had improved his own times to a 1:36.373, Mansell to 1:37.602, and Miyata to 1:37.707; the trio were the only other drivers in the 1:37s.

With 40 minutes to go, we saw something akin to racing, or at least in our mind, as Bortoleto and Bearman got close to each other on the track, particularly at Turn 9 through to the final corner. However, Bearman eased off a touch a lap later to find some clean air.

Then it was the turn of our top 2023 rookies, Martins and Bearman, who found themselves on the same part of the Yas Marina circuit and had a similar encounter. This time we saw a few laps of action from the pair we expect as practice for the expected 2024 Championship challenge.

During this period, now with 25 minutes remaining, Duerksen put in a 1:36.872, placing him second, and Hauger now in third with a 1:37.095.

The final 10 minutes saw Hauger post a 1:35.973, only to have it taken away for a track limits infringement at Turn 16. He did, however, follow that up with a 1:35.996 to go top once more a few laps later, 0.006 ahead of Maloney on a 1:36.002 and in third place Paraguayan Duerksen with his 1:36.872.

F2 Testing – DAY 3 PM REPORT

F2 Testing – DAY 3 PM REPORT

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