After two cold and cloudy days in Spain, Championship leader Felipe Drugovich set the fastest time of the session overall on a sunnier final stint in Barcelona.
The MP Motorsport racer made the most of the warmer conditions to punch in a 1:27.529 during a Qualifying simulation on soft tyres in the morning, beating Carlins’ Liam Lawson 0.291s and Virtuosi Racing’s Jack Doohan 0.309s.
The teams focused on long runs and data gathering during the afternoon session, which was led by Hitech Grand Prix’s Jüri Vips. Setting a 1:29.888, the Red Bull driver was fastest by more than a second and a half, leading Van Amersfoort Racing’s Jake Hughes and Charouz Racing System’s Enzo Fittipaldi.
The jackets and jumpers finally came off in Barcelona as the sun made its first appearance of the test, and the teams wasted little time in getting out into the warmth for some representative Qualifying simulations.
Red Bull junior Lawson strapped on a pair of softs and set the baseline at 1:27.888, marking the quickest time of the test so far, and the fastest at Barcelona since changes were made to the track for 2021.
The PREMAs had also gone out on fresh softs but couldn’t quite match the Carlin for pace, with Dennis Hauger 0.057s off in second and Jehan Daruvala third, a further 0.074s down.
Lawson found an extra 0.068s to increase his lead at the top before Clement Novalak’s MP Motorsport stopped at Turn 2 and brought out a Red Flag. When running resumed, the Frenchman’s teammate, Drugovich headed out with a shiny pair of softs and took the time down to 1:27.529.
Leading the mileage count, Alpine junior Doohan pumped out 50 laps in the three-hour stint, while also finding time to set the third fastest lap. Trident’s Richard Verschoor found enough pace to go fourth and knock Hauger down to fifth.
DAMS’ Ayumu Iwasa managed to go quicker than Daruvala for sixth place but was 0.460s off the quickest time of the morning.
ART Grand Prix’s Théo Pourchaire was eighth as Charouz Racing System’s Enzo Fittipaldi made his first appearance in the top 10 this week, with the Brazilian 0.498s off Drugovich in P9. Logan Sargeant rounded out the top 10 for Carlin, with the first 17 drivers all within a second of P1.
After a brief delay due to track maintenance, the session began under the sun in Spain, with track temperature up to a moderate 22 degrees.
The majority of the grid was focused on long runs and race simulations in the afternoon, with Vips setting the benchmark at 1:29.888 as one of just four cars on track in the opening 15 minutes.
The remainder of the field headed out shortly after, but no one got close to the Hitech driver, who finished 1.514s ahead of Van Amersfoort Racing’s Jake Hughes.
Vips was one of three stoppages during the session, with the Estonian coming to a halt at Turn 3 in the final five minutes. Frederik Vesti and Dennis Hauger had also both stopped during the afternoon, with the ART coming to a standstill at Turn 15 and the PREMA pulling up at Turn 5.
2021 podium-finisher David Beckmann subbed in for Cem Bölükbaşı at Charouz on Thursday after the Turkish racer suffered a physical problem on Day 1 of testing. The German racer finished fourth in the final session, directly behind his teammate, Fittipaldi.
There were two VARs in the top five as Amaury Cordeel set a 1:31.801 to go fifth, beating out Virtuosi’s Marino Sato.
Pourchaire was seventh for ART, ahead of MP pairing Novalak and Drugovich, while Marcus Armstrong completed the top 10 with Hitech. Calan Williams was the busiest driver in the final session, completing 47 laps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in his Trident.
Formula 2 will return for Round 3 of the campaign in Imola on April 22-24.
2022 FIA FORMULA 2 CHAMPIONSHIP – BARCELONA IN-SEASON TESTS, DAY 3, MORNING SESSION
|1||Felipe Drugovich||BRA||MP Motorsport||1:27.529||29|
|3||Jack Doohan||AUS||Virtuosi Racing||1:27.838||50|
|5||Dennis Hauger||NOR||PREMA Racing||1:27.945||31|
|7||Jehan Daruvala||IND||PREMA Racing||1:28.019||30|
|8||Théo Pourchaire||FRA||ART Grand Prix||1:28.021||28|
|9||Enzo Fittipaldi||BRA||Charouz Racing System||1:28.027||30|
|12||Clément Novalak||FRA||MP Motorsport||1:28.224||28|
|13||Marcus Armstrong||NZL||Hitech Grand Prix||1:28.236||40|
|14||Frederik Vesti||DNK||ART Grand Prix||1:28.281||26|
|15||Ralph Boschung||CHE||Campos Racing||1:28.321||42|
|16||Jake Hughes||GBR||Van Amersfoort Racing||1:28.352||28|
|18||Olli Caldwell||GBR||Campos Racing||1:28.648||29|
|19||Amaury Cordeel||BEL||Van Amersfoort Racing||1:28.785||31|
|20||Juri Vips||EST||Hitech Grand Prix||1:28.804||40|
|21||Marino Sato||JPN||Virtuosi Racing||1:29.282||22|
|22||David Beckmann||DEU||Charouz Racing System||1:29.434||42|
2022 FIA FORMULA 2 CHAMPIONSHIP – BARCELONA IN-SEASON TESTS, DAY 3, AFTERNOON SESSION
|1||Juri Vips||EST||Hitech Grand Prix||1:29.288||36|
|2||Jake Hughes||GBR||Van Amersfoort Racing||1:30.802||32|
|3||Enzo Fittipaldi||BRA||Charouz Racing System||1:31.541||40|
|4||David Beckmann||DEU||Charouz Racing System||1:31.633||29|
|5||Amaury Cordeel||BEL||Van Amersfoort Racing||1:31.801||22|
|6||Marino Sato||JPN||Virtuosi Racing||1:32.037||19|
|7||Théo Pourchaire||FRA||ART Grand Prix||1:32.634||46|
|8||Clément Novalak||FRA||MP Motorsport||1:32.801||36|
|9||Felipe Drugovich||BRA||MP Motorsport||1:33.240||39|
|10||Marcus Armstrong||NZL||Hitech Grand Prix||1:34.275||29|
|11||Jack Doohan||AUS||Virtuosi Racing||1:34.449||35|
|12||Ralph Boschung||CHE||Campos Racing||1:34.481||37|
|14||Jehan Daruvala||IND||PREMA Racing||1:34.637||22|
|15||Frederik Vesti||DNK||ART Grand Prix||1:34.692||28|
|16||Olli Caldwell||GBR||Campos Racing||1:35.026||35|
|22||Dennis Hauger||NOR||PREMA Racing||1:36.186||17|