Ghiotto goes fastest in opening Bahrain morning

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F2.SeanGP.com – Campos Vexatec Racing’s Luca Ghiotto was quickest on the opening morning session in the second FIA Formula 2 Championship pre-season test at Sakhir, Bahrain, setting a 1:44.042 lap to beat the Charouz Racing System duo of Louis Delétraz and Antonio Fuoco to the top of the timesheets in a quiet start to the day.

In warm conditions – rising as high as 27 degrees Celsius – the field was led onto the circuit by MP Motorsport’s Roberto Merhi, with Jack Aitken (ART Grand Prix) and Santino Ferrucci (Trident) just behind as the circuit went live. The teams spent the first hour logging installation laps, until Ghiotto set the first flying run in the 1m44s boundary.

Ghiotto then bested his time by 0.7 seconds after the halfway point of the session, putting him out of reach from countryman Fuoco, which remained the benchmark throughout the remainder of the morning having been set on medium compound tyres.

The second half of the session was considerably more stop-start than the first, a red flag for Alexander Albon’s stranded DAMS at turn 13 preceded another stoppage for Arjun Maini, who came to a halt on the start/finish straight with half an hour remaining on the clock.

Nicholas Latifi (DAMS) brought a final stoppage ten minutes before the end, leaving Ghiotto’s time unchallenged at the close of the session. Fuoco beat teammate Delétraz to second, as Maximilian Günther (BWT Arden) grabbed fourth ahead of RUSSIAN TIME’s Artem Markelov. Arden’s Nirei Fukuzumi was sixth, as Albon and Maini were seventh and eighth respectively. Nyck De Vries (PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing) and Roy Nissany (Campos) completed the top ten.

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1 Luca Ghiotto Campos Vexatec Racing 1:44.042 28
2 Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 1:44.435 12
3 Louis Deletraz Charouz Racing System 1:44.549 17
4 Maximilian Gunther BWT Arden 1:44.603 23
5 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:44.657 14
6 Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 1:44.711 25
7 Alexander Albon DAMS 1:44.868 12
8 Arjun Maini Trident 1:44.919 14
9 Nyck De Vries PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 1:44.944 27
10 Roy Nissany Campos Vexatec Racing 1:45.022 24
11 Lando Norris Carlin 1:45.087 24
12 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1:45.214 14
13 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1:45.225 25
14 Tadasuke Makino RUSSIAN TIME 1:45.369 16
15 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:45.600 18
16 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1:45.800 16
17 Sean Gelael PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 1:45.920 26
18 Santino Ferrucci Trident 1:45.935 21
19 George Russell ART Grand Prix 2:20.779 29
20 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 2:28.722 27

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