Mercedes reserve Russell tops final day of Paul Ricard F2 test

Mercedes Formula 1 reserve George Russell set the fastest time on the final day of the opening pre-season Formula 2 test at Paul Ricard, ahead of his teammate Jack Aitken.

Mercedes reserve Russell tops final day of Paul Ricard F2 test
George Russell, ART Grand Prix
George Russell, ART Grand Prix
Jack Aitken, ART Grand Prix
Jack Aitken, ART Grand Prix
Jack Aitken, ART Grand Prix
Arjun Maini, Trident
Alexander Albon, DAMS
Lando Norris, Carlin

The ART Grand Prix pair set the fastest times of the day during the morning running, with Prema Racing’s Nyck de Vries completing the top three.

McLaren junior Lando Norris finished the day in eighth place overall, but held onto the fastest time of the three-day test, a 1m42.226 that he set on day two.

Russell and Aitken traded the top spot between them during the early running, before the 2017 GP3 champion put in a 1m42.396, which remained unbeaten as the teams switched to race simulations.

Aitken ended up 0.162s adrift, with de Vries 0.363s behind Russell, in a morning session that was interrupted by four red flags.

DAMS driver Alexander Albon set the fastest time in the afternoon session, during which the teams continued to focus on longer running.

Haas F1 development driver Arjun Maini wound up fifth-fastest for Trident ahead of Louis Deletraz (Charouz Racing System) and Carlin’s Sergio Sette Camara.

Dan Ticktum, the 2017 Macau Grand Prix winner who was experiencing his first taste of F2-level machinery in place of Nicholas Latifi at DAMS, set the ninth-quickest time of the day.

Maximilian Gunther rounded out the top 10 for Arden International, setting his best time during the afternoon session after bringing out the red flags following the lunch break.

Sean Geleal (Prema) also caused a stoppage late on in the afternoon, after Charouz’s Fuoco, Russian Time driver Artem Markelov, Ralph Boschung (MP Motorsport) and Campos’ Roy Nissany - 12th, 13th, 16th and 19th overall respectively - had done likewise during the morning running.

Gelael ended up 15th fastest, with Maini’s teammate and fellow Haas junior Santino Ferrucci 18th, while former Manor F1 driver Roberto Merhi brought up the rear of the field for MP.

The second and final F2 pre-season test takes place in Bahrain on 21-23 March, with the 2018 season getting underway at the same venue on 6-8 April on the undercard of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Day 3 results

Pos. Driver Team AM PM
1 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:42.396 1:44.356
2 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:42.588 1:45.252
3 Nyck de Vries Prema 1:42.759 1:44.742
4 Alexander Albon DAMS 1:42.925 1:42.923
5 Arjun Maini Trident 1:43.851 1:43.061
6 Louis Deletraz Charouz 1:43.239 1:43.428
7 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1:43.269 1:43.597
8 Lando Norris Carlin 1:43.287 1:43.276
9 Dan Ticktum DAMS 1:43.503 1:43.310
10 Maximilian Gunther BWT Arden 1:43.350 1:43.330
11 Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 1:43.501 1:44.844
12 Antonio Fuoco Charouz 1:43.899 1:43.572
13 Artem Markelov Russian Time 1:43.575 1:44.250
14 Luca Ghiotto Campos 1:43.755 1:43.610
15 Sean Gelael Prema 1:43.731 1:43.998
16 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1:43.948 1:44.163
17 Tadasuke Makino Russian Time 1:44.164 1:43.961
18 Santino Ferrucci Trident 1:44.239 1:43.985
19 Roy Nissany Campos 1:44.048 1:44.782
20 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1:44.377 1:44.909

 

shares
comments
Norris leads Carlin 1-2 on Day 2 of Paul Ricard test
Previous article

Norris leads Carlin 1-2 on Day 2 of Paul Ricard test

Next article

De Vries tops opening day of Bahrain F2 testing

De Vries tops opening day of Bahrain F2 testing
Load comments
What next for "too politically incorrect" for F1 Ticktum? Prime

What next for "too politically incorrect" for F1 Ticktum?

Having by his own admission "blown my chances" of reaching Formula 1, Dan Ticktum is facing an uncertain future. A driver of unquestioned ability who has at times been his own worst enemy, can he apply his lessons and rebuild his career hopes?

FIA F2
Sep 30, 2021
How Piastri could be forced to spend 2022 on the bench Prime

How Piastri could be forced to spend 2022 on the bench

Tipped as the next big thing after winning the FIA Formula 3 championship in his rookie season, Oscar Piastri has taken Formula 2 by storm and looks set to clinch that title too. But with no Formula 1 seat available to him for next year, the Alpine junior may have to wait for his time in the spotlight…

FIA F2
Sep 24, 2021
How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss Prime

How Campos Racing has bounced back from its devastating loss

After the sudden death of its founder in January, Formula 2 stalwart Campos Racing was left facing its hardest season to date. But new team boss Adrian Jr is determined to honour his father’s legacy and has returned the team to its winning ways

FIA F2
Sep 20, 2021
How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived Prime

How F2 and F3's flawed format changes could prove shortlived

After a chaotic 2020, marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the FIA brought in radical changes to Formula 2 and 3. But less than 12 months later, there are talks of them being reversed after all did not go to plan…

FIA F2
Sep 9, 2021
The Red Bull F1 junior aiming to defy geographical odds Prime

The Red Bull F1 junior aiming to defy geographical odds

It's a long way from Pukekohe New Zealand to Milton Keynes, but Red Bull's Kiwi protege Liam Lawson has defied plenty of odds to reach the rung below F1. He's endured disappointment since winning on his F2 debut in Bahrain, but is determined to turn his season around and prove himself worthy of a place on the F1 grid

FIA F2
Jul 27, 2021
How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season Prime

How Red Bull's next F1 hopeful turned around his season

Having impressed in Formula 3, Juri Vips looked to be next cab off the rank in Red Bull's prestigious Junior Team before his 2020 schedule was dealt a heavy blow by the COVID-19 pandemic. After a tough start to life in Formula 2, Vips is showing signs of a recovery - could he be the first Estonian to reach Formula 1?

FIA F2
Jun 14, 2021
How F1 hopeful Pourchaire is re-writing the F2 record books Prime

How F1 hopeful Pourchaire is re-writing the F2 record books

He'd marked himself out as a star of the future in last year's FIA Formula 3 championship, but 17-year-old Theo Pourchaire underlined his credentials by winning his first Formula 2 race in the Monaco feature. Sauber junior status gives him a clear route to the top, but with wisdom beyond his years, he's not getting caught up in his own hype.

FIA F2
Jun 3, 2021
The F1 hopeful living two lives to keep his dream alive Prime

The F1 hopeful living two lives to keep his dream alive

Having lost his backing from Red Bull, Richard Verschoor has had to graft to continue his ascent up the single-seater ladder. An impressive Formula 2 debut in Bahrain, despite the lateness of his deal, shows his unorthodox approach is paying dividends.

FIA F2
Apr 22, 2021