Correa outpaces Schumacher in F2 testing

GP3 graduate Juan Manuel Correa denied European Formula 3 champion Mick Schumacher the top spot with a last-gasp lap in Abu Dhabi Formula 2 testing on Friday.

Correa outpaces Schumacher in F2 testing

Correa, whose best result in his first full GP3 season this year had been a fourth place, switched to Charouz Racing System for Friday's F2 running after testing with MP Motorsport on Thursday.

Schumacher, in action for the Prema team that has run him through Formula 4, F3 and has already announced him as part of its 2019 F2 line-up, inched ahead of experienced F2 driver Luca Ghiotto by 0.002 seconds to hit the front when the test resumed with 23 minutes remaining after a red flag.

But Correa was able to outpace Schumacher by two tenths of a second late on to end the day fastest.

Ghiotto ended up third ahead of fellow series regular Sergio Sette Camara, running with likely 2019 team DAMS, and Carlin's returnee Nobuharu Matsushita.

GP3 champion Anthoine Hubert had caused the late red flag in the evening with a spin but set the morning pace for MP.

Jack Aitken, in second for Charouz, was the only 2018 F2 driver in that session's top six.

GP3 trio Giuliano Alesi, Dorian Boccolacci and Leonardo Pulcini were third, fifth and sixth, with F3 convert Guan Yu Zhou fourth.

In the day's GP3 sessions series regular Niko Kari's morning time for Trident stood as fastest.

Jehan Daruvala was his closest rival in the morning and led the afternoon.

  Pos  Driver  Team  Time  Gap  Laps 
J.M.Correa Charouz Racing System 1'49.958   31
Mick Schumacher Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1'50.166 0.208 25
Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 1'50.168 0.210 25
S.S.Câmara DAMS 1'50.223 0.265 26
N.Matsushita Carlin 1'50.227 0.269 23
Jack Aitken Charouz Racing System 1'50.256 0.298 30
Louis Delétraz Carlin 1'50.283 0.325 26
D.Boccolacci MP Motorsport 1'50.394 0.436 23
Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1'50.471 0.513 29
10  Callum Ilott Trident 1'50.475 0.517 36
11  Guan Yu Zhou RUSSIAN TIME 1'50.575 0.617 27
12  Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 1'50.582 0.624 31
13  Giuliano Alesi Trident 1'50.657 0.699 29
14  Sean Gelael Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1'50.667 0.709 27
15  Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1'50.673 0.715 30
16  L.Pulcini Campos Vexatec Racing 1'50.685 0.727 23
17  S.Fernandez Campos Vexatec Racing 1'51.253 1.295 12
18  Marino Sato BWT Arden 1'51.539 1.581 29
19  Ralf Aron BWT Arden 1'51.793 1.835 27
20  Anthoine Hubert MP Motorsport 1'52.597 2.639 11
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