Red Bull Ring F2: Deletraz sets pace in practice

Carlin driver and occasional Haas Formula 1 sim driver Louis Deletraz topped Formula 2 practice at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Red Bull Ring F2: Deletraz sets pace in practice

Most drivers set their fastest times in the first half of the session, before conducting long runs in the second half amid worries that tyres will degrade rapidly during Saturday and Sunday’s races in searing heat.

Deletraz set a 1m14.782s lap to head in-form ART Grand Prix driver Nyck de Vries by 0.058s.

Luca Ghiotto was one of the last to set his flying lap, having loggedd session-best sectors on his early effort before bouncing over the gravel after an understeer-induced moment at Turn 8.

DAMS pair Nicholas Latifi and Sergio Sette Camara took fourth and sixth, sandwiching Campos Racing’s Jack Aitken to ensure the top four in the championship were all in the top six.

Callum Ilott managed more laps than any other driver in the top 10 as he delivered seventh for the Sauber Junior team, ahead of Deletraz’s Carlin teammate Nobuharu Matsushita.

Top F2 rookie in the standings, Guan Yu Zhou, sealed ninth while Sean Gelael made it six teams in the top 10 for Prema.

The top 10 was split less than half a second, Gelael 0.479s behind Deletraz’s benchmark.

Arjun Maini was the top driver making his season debut, taking 16th for Campos Racing at a track where he led much of the feature race for Trident one year before.

Red Bull junior and IndyCar regular Patricio O'Ward was 17th, two-tenths off his MP Motorsport teammate Jordan King, while Ryan Tveter took 19th for Trident Racing on his F2 debut.

Session results

Cla # Driver Team Laps Time Gap
1 1 Switzerland Louis Deletraz
Carlin 26 1'14.782
2 4 Netherlands Nyck de Vries
ART Grand Prix 24 1'14.840 0.058
3 8 Italy Luca Ghiotto
UNI-Virtuosi 24 1'14.869 0.087
4 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi
DAMS 23 1'15.040 0.258
5 15 United Kingdom Jack Aitken
Campos Racing 25 1'15.053 0.271
6 5 Brazil Sergio Sette Camara
DAMS 24 1'15.083 0.301
7 11 United Kingdom Callum Ilott
Charouz Racing System 27 1'15.151 0.369
8 2 Japan Nobuharu Matsushita
Carlin 25 1'15.177 0.395
9 7 China Guanyu Zhou
UNI-Virtuosi 24 1'15.199 0.417
10 10 Indonesia Sean Gelael
Prema Powerteam 25 1'15.261 0.479
11 3 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin
ART Grand Prix 25 1'15.277 0.495
12 9 Germany Mick Schumacher
Prema Powerteam 25 1'15.288 0.506
13 12 United States Juan Manuel Correa
Charouz Racing System 27 1'15.323 0.541
14 20 France Giuliano Alesi
Trident 27 1'15.529 0.747
15 19 France Anthoine Hubert
Arden International 27 1'15.714 0.932
16 14 India Arjun Maini
Campos Racing 28 1'15.949 1.167
17 16 United Kingdom Jordan King
MP Motorsport 16 1'16.009 1.227
18 17 Mexico Patricio O'Ward
MP Motorsport 24 1'16.264 1.482
19 21 United States Ryan Tveter
Trident 26 1'16.388 1.606
20 18 Colombia Tatiana Calderon
Arden International 24 1'17.159 2.377
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