It was a day of firsts as Formula 2 kicked off pre-season testing in Sakhir with the new 2024 car. Dennis Hauger topped the first test session of the year, setting a 1:53.175 for MP Motorsport to end up fastest of all on a day dominated by rain.

Zane Maloney was best of the rest for Rodin Motorsport, 0.176s down on the top effort while Victor Martins rounded out the top three for ART Grand Prix.


The new era of Formula 2 began under floodlights and rainy skies as Juan Manuel Correa headed out first in the DAMS Lucas Oil #8 car. He was followed out by the rest for installation laps, but it the first Red Flag waved interrupted the early running.

PHM AIX Racing’s Taylor Barnard came to a halt at Turn 4 with just under half an hour of running bringing about a brief pause before the session got back underway once again.

MP Motorsport’s Dennis Hauger led the way after the first hour on a 1:53.720 on the wet Pirelli tyres, followed by Zak O’Sullivan, who was 0.187s down in P2.

Victor Martins was next to go to the top of the times, but Hauger was quick to respond and restored his advantage, going P1 and improving onto a 1:53.175.

Just as the track had started to dry, torrential rain arrived ahead of the halfway stage and all drivers returned to their garages as the deluge came down.

Into the final hour and several drivers returned to the track with the surface drying slowly but surely, though there were no substantial improvements in laptime.

That was until Antonelli bettered his quickest effort to go third-fastest for PREMA Racing as the session entered the final half hour, while Zane Maloney went fourth in his Rodin Motorsport #5. The Bajan driver went quicker still on his next fast lap, going to within 0.176s of Hauger to move up to P2.

With 11 minutes to go, the second Red Flag of the day arrived as Martins came to a stop at Turn 10 in the closing stages of the session.

There was enough time for one final flurry of action, but Hauger’s earlier effort remained unbeaten by the time the chequered flag fell.


1Dennis HaugerNORMP Motorsport1:53.17517
2Zane MaloneyBRBRodin Motorsport1:53.35115
3Victor MartinsFRAART Grand Prix1:53.36713
4Andrea Kimi AntonelliITAPREMA Racing1:53.51124
5Jak CrawfordUSADAMS Lucas Oil1:53.86514
6Zak O’SullivanGBRART Grand Prix1:53.90717
7Juan Manuel CorreaUSADAMS Lucas Oil1:54.01514
8Ritomo MiyataJPNRodin Motorsport1:54.18517
9Oliver BearmanGBRPREMA Racing1:54.44310
10Franco ColapintoARGMP Motorsport1:54.53414
11Paul AronESTHitech Pulse-Eight1:54.5357
12Enzo FittipaldiBRAVan Amersfoort Racing1:54.59112
13Isack HadjarFRACampos Racing1:54.65018
14Richard VerschoorNLDTrident1:54.68017
15Taylor BarnardGBRPHM AIX Racing1:54.70712
16Rafael VillagómezMEXVan Amersfoort Racing1:54.83218
17Roman StanekCZETrident1:55.31311
18Amaury CordeelBELHitech Pulse-Eight1:56.8449
19Joshua DuerksenPRYPHM AIX Racing1:56.27719
20Josep María MartíESPCampos Racing1:56.8275
21Gabriel BortoletoBRAInvicta Racing1:58.7604
22Kush MainiINDInvicta Racing-12