Isack Hadjar Sets the Pace in Red Bull Ring Free Practice

Isack Hadjar Sets the Pace in Red Bull Ring Free Practice

Isack Hadjar

Campos Racing’s Isack Hadjar topped the timesheets in Formula 2 free practice at the Red Bull Ring, showcasing his impressive pace and precision.

Early Leaders

The session began with Prema’s Ollie Bearman setting the initial benchmark with a time of 1m17.011s, leading MP Motorsport’s Dennis Hauger by a slim 0.076 seconds. Virtuosi Racing’s Gabriel Bortoleto then edged Bearman out by a mere 0.004 seconds. However, it was Hitech GP’s championship leader, Paul Aron, who made a significant jump in pace, clocking a 1m16.680s.

Interruptions and Challenges

Just as the session was heating up, AIX Racing’s Taylor Barnard halted proceedings by stopping on the pit straight, bringing out the red flags. This interruption prevented Aron’s rivals from challenging his time. Once Barnard’s car was cleared, the session resumed with 24 minutes remaining. At this point, Aron, DAMS’ Jak Crawford, and ART Grand Prix’s Victor Martins were the only drivers to have dipped below the 1m17s mark.

Hadjar Takes Charge

In the second half of the session, Red Bull junior Isack Hadjar posted a 1m16.818s to go third fastest. With 18 minutes left, he improved further to 1m16.624s, taking the top spot. Despite improvements from Crawford and Martins, neither driver managed to displace Hadjar from P1.

As the session progressed, Hadjar lowered the benchmark once more to 1m16.441s. Few other drivers managed significant improvements, with several heading to the pits for tyre changes. Trident’s Richard Verschoor briefly held ninth place before Van Amersfoort Racing’s Enzo Fittipaldi and Hauger moved into seventh and fourth, respectively.

Final Minutes

The track remained busy towards the end of the session. Hadjar returned to the pits with three minutes to go, joined by Crawford, Bearman, and Trident’s Roman Stanek. In the final minute, Hadjar, Crawford, and Bearman attempted to get back out on track, but with the chequered flag approaching, they couldn’t complete another flying lap. As a result, the order remained unchanged.

Competitive Field

While the top six were separated by just half a second, the top 19 drivers were covered by 0.938s, indicating a highly competitive field. Many drivers set their fastest laps early in the session, underscoring the importance of early pace in a tightly contested practice.

Stay tuned to InsideF2 for all the latest updates and coverage from the Red Bull Ring as we continue to follow the exciting action of the FIA Formula 2 season.

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Track Timings

Here are the UK, and local times for each session, this weekend. The local time zone is Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Qualifying  – 30 minutes – 14:55 – 15:25 (UK), 15:55 – 16:25 (local)

Sprint Race – 28 Laps or 45 minutes + 1 lap – 12:30 – 13:45 (UK), 13:30 – 14:15 (local)

Feature Race – 40 Laps or 60 minutes + 1 lap – 10:00 – 11:00 (UK), 11:00 – 12:00 (local)

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