Lundgaard Tops Day One of Barcelona Testing

Lundgaard Tops Day One of Barcelona Testing

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After almost a month of waiting we finally saw the Formula 2 cars back on track today for the first of a three day In-Season Test in Barcelona, with Christian Lundgaard setting the fastest times in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Morning Session

The first hour of testing was interrupted by two red flags, the first being Jehan Daruvala in Sector 1. Not long after the restart, Oscar Piastri was off the road in the same sector. Both managed to get back out on track to set lap times.

Christian Lundgaard topped the timesheets in the morning session with 1:29.594 and set the pace for the rest of the session.

Felipe Drugovich (+0.178) proved to be the Dane’s nearest challenger while gaining purple in three sectors. Teammates Juri Vips (+0.394) and Liam Lawson (+0.412) of Hitech finishing third and fourth respectively.

Fifth place of the morning session went to MP Motorsport’s Lirim Zendeli, who was just ahead of the current driver’s championship leader Guanyu Zhou for UNI-Virtuosi.

Ferrari Academy Driver (FDA) Marcus Armstrong came in seventh, ahead of Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung in eighth place.

PREMA’s Oscar Piastri who brought out a red flag earlier in the session did well in recovering to finish in ninth place.

MP Motorsport’s Richard Verschoor, who is yet to secure his place on the grid for the second round in Monaco next month, finished off the Top 10.

The session was halted momentarily with 35 minutes to go when Gianluca Petecof stopped on track as all the drivers pushed to find the limits of the car and track.

Afternoon Session

ART and MP Motorsport wasted no time getting back out on track for the afternoon session, with both teams heading out first to set times.

However, their fun was short lived when Zendeli stopped in Sector 2 bringing out a red flag in the first 10 minutes of the session.

When we resumed it was Verschoor that help top position with a time of 1:30.165.

That was until the final 40 minutes when Lundgaard regained his place at the top of the timesheet yet again with a 1:29.827.

An impressive Verschoor (+0.338) came in second place with just two thousands separating him and the 2020 FIA Formula 3 runner-up Theo Pourchaire (+0.340) finishing third for ART Grand Prix. The French driver also went fastest overall in Sector 3.

Armstrong finished fourth gaining three positions on the morning session, with Lawson following behind in fifth place. Campos’ Ralph Boschung finished sixth, with Zendeli coming in seventh place.

Charouz Racing’s David Beckmann closed the day off in eighth place, while Vips and Drugovich finished off the Top 10 in ninth and tenth place respectively.

The session was interrupted once again when Nissany stopped in Sector 2, with under two hours left to go.

Times were slightly slower than those seen in the morning session, as teams appeared to be focusing on race simulations.

Championship favourites Robert Schwartzman and Dan Tictum did not have the best start to testing with neither driver able to make it out of the Top 10 in the morning or afternoon.

Teams and drivers will be back on track for Day 2 of Testing tomorrow morning at 9 am (local time).

A.M SESSION RESULTS

POSDRIVERTEAMTIMEINT.
1LUNDGAARDART1:29.594
2DRUGOVICHUNI1:29.772+0.178
3VIPSHITECH1:29.988+0.394
4LAWSONHITECH1:30.006+0.412
5ZENDELIMP1:30.078+0.484
6ZHOUUNI1:30.083+0.489
7ARMSTRONGDAMS1:30.158+0.564
8BOSCHUNGCAMPOS1:30.259+0.665
9PIASTRIPREMA1:30.425+0.831
10VERSCHOORMP1:30.519+0.925
11TICKTUMCARLIN1:30.598+1.004
12DARUVALACARLIN1:30.674+1.080
13NISSANYDAMS1:30.723+1.129
14SATOTRIDENT1:30.727+1.133
15VISCAALTRIDENT1:30.727+1.133
16POURCHAIREART1:30.738+1.144
17PETECOFCAMPOS1:30.882+1.288
18NANNINIHWA1:30.953+1.359
19BECKMANNCHAROUZ1:30.973+1.379
20SAMAIACHAROUZ1:31.305+1.711
21SHWARTZMANPREMA1:31.435+1.841
22DELEDDAHWA1:37.100+7.506

P.M SESSION RESULTS

DRIVERTEAMTIMEINT.
1LUNDGAARDART1:29.827
2VERSCHOORMP1:30.165+0.338
3POURCHAIREART1:30.167+0.340
4ARMSTRONGDAMS1:30.617+0.790
5LAWSONHITECH1:30.739+0.912
6BOSCHUNGCAMPOS1:30.755+0.928
7ZENDELIMP1:30.767+0.940
8BECKMANNCHAROUZ1:30.824+0.997
9VIPSHITECH1:30.956+1.129
10DRUGOVICHUNI1:31.075+1.248
11VISCAALTRIDENT1:31.198+1.371
12PIASTRIPREMA1:31.350+1.523
13SHWARTZMANPREMA1:31.440+1.613
14PETECOFCAMPOS1:31.532+1.705
15SAMAIACHAROUZ1:31.575+1.748
16SATOTRIDENT1:34.503+4.676
17DELEDDAHWA1:34.629+4.802
18ZHOUUNI1:34.783+4.956
19DARUVALACARLIN1:35.511+5.684
20NANNINIHWA1:35.787+5.960
21TICKTUMCARLIN1:35.865+6.038
22NISSANYDAMS1:36.166+6.339

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