De Vries tops opening day of Bahrain F2 testing

McLaren-backed youngster Nyck de Vries set the pace on the opening day of Formula 2’s final pre-season test in Bahrain.

De Vries tops opening day of Bahrain F2 testing
Artem Markelov, RUSSIAN TIME
Sean Gelael, PREMA Racing
Arjun Maini, Trident
Arjun Maini, Trident
Arjun Maini, Trident

F2 has gathered at Sakhir for three days of running with the new F2/18 before next month’s opening round at the circuit in support of Formula 1.

Prema driver de Vries clocked a time of 1m43.785s during the afternoon running in warm and sunny conditions to finish 0.170 seconds clear of Charouz’s Louis Deletraz.

Luca Ghiotto led the way during the morning session and his time proved quick enough to place third overall for Campos.

F3 champion Lando Norris, who bagged the fastest time of the Paul Ricard test, took fourth, 0.009s behind Ghiotto.

Arjun Maini finished fifth, the Haas development driver preparing for his first season in Formula 2 with Trident, while Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco claimed sixth spot for new team Charouz.

Ralph Boschung (MP Motorsport), Maximilian Gunther (Arden), Sergio Sette Camara (Carlin) and Jack Aitken (ART Grand Prix) rounded out the top 10.

Mercedes F1 reserve George Russell finished half a tenth behind teammate Aitken in 11th, with last year’s runner-up Artem Markelov 13th for Russian Time.

Roberto Merhi and Roy Nissany tested once more for MP Motorsport and Campos respectively, with the teams still yet to confirm their line-ups, and classified 16th and 19th.

Nicholas Latifi finished at the foot of the 20-driver timesheets as he returned to action for DAMS after missing the first test through illness.

Pos. 
Driver 

Team

Morning Afternoon
Nyck de Vries Prema
1'44.944 1'43.785
Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 1'44.549 1'43.955
Luca Ghiotto
Campos Racing
1'44.042 1'44.051
Lando Norris Carlin 1'45.087 1'44.051

Arjun Maini Trident 1'44.919 1'44.115
Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 1'44.435 1'44.202

Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1'45.214 1'44.327
Maximilian Gunther
BWT Arden 1'44.603 1'44.410
Sergio Sette Camara
Carlin 1'45.225 1'44.444
10  Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 2'28.722 1'44.448
11  George Russell ART Grand Prix 2'20.779 1'44.505
12  Tadasuke Makino RUSSIAN TIME 1'45.369 1'44.637
13 
Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1'44.657 1'44.644
14 
Sean Gelael Prema
1'45.920 1'44.683
15  Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 1'44.711 1'49.230
16 
Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1'45.800 1'44.806
17 
Santino Ferrucci Trident 1'45.935 1'44.820
18  Alexander Albon DAMS 1'44.868 1'46.217
19  Roy Nissany Campos Racing
1'45.022 1'45.923
20 
Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1'45.600 1'45.893
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