Roy Nissany managed the tricky conditions on a cold and wet second day of running in Barcelona, beating Trident’s Richard Verschoor and his DAMS' teammate, Ayumu Iwasa. Nissany set a 1:28.812 to beat the duo by more than half a second in between six Red Flags in the morning.
The wind and the rain continued into the afternoon and the quickest time was nearly a second down on the morning. Marcus Armstrong’s 1:29.752 was enough to lead the standings in the PM, with the New Zealander beating MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich and his Hitech Grand Prix teammate Jüri Vips.
A drop of rain and dark clouds threatened a wet session on the morning of Day 2, but apart from a brief spitting, the track would remain relatively dry throughout the third outing of the test.
Trident’s Richard Verschoor set the benchmark time at the start, posting a 1:29.328 on hard tyres for Trident, ahead of Iwasa.
There were several interruptions throughout the morning, beginning when Marino Sato’s Virtuosi stopped on the main straight in the opening hour. Iwasa was another, as the Japanese racer lost control of his DAMS and clipped the wall at Turn 5.
Turn 5 was proving tricky to master in difficult conditions, as Jake Hughes and Olli Caldwell both ended up in the gravel shortly after. There were two further Red Flags during the session, as Vips spun to a stop at Turn 11 before Caldwell’s Campos came to a standstill at Turn 4.
Despite the disruptions, there was still a fair amount of running completed, with 16 drivers surpassing the 30-lap mark. Of those, it was Charouz Racing System’s Enzo Fittipaldi who completed the most tours, the Brazilian passing go 52 times.
Nissany knocked Verschoor down to second with the fastest time of the session, breaking the 1m 29s barrier to beat the Trident driver by more than half a second. Nissany’s time also bumped his DAMS teammate, Iwasa, down to third.
Campos Racing’s Ralph Boschung and Trident’s Calan Williams completed the top five. ART Grand Prix’s Théo Pourchaire was sixth, ahead of Carlin’s Liam Lawson and PREMA Racing’s Jehan Daruvala. Behind them, Caldwell beat Vips to ninth.
After a stop-start morning stint, rain proved to be the only real interrupting factor in the afternoon, as a sprinkle in the afternoon led to a spell stuck in the garages, with too little rain for wet tyres and too much for slicks.
Vips set the benchmark at 1:30.148 in the opening half an hour, but the Red Bull reserve driver was knocked down to third by his Hitech teammate, Armstrong, as well as by Felipe Drugovich.
Armstrong’s time of 1:29.752 was enough to top the session, with the New Zealander finishing 0.208s ahead of Drugovich.
There was a brief stoppage as Calan Williams came to a halt at the final corner and brought out the session’s only Red Flag.
There weren’t many improvements in the final half an hour. PREMA Racing’s Dennis Hauger managed to break into the top 10 by going fifth, as Amaury Cordeel held onto fourth ahead of him.
Hauger’s late time dropped Caldwell to sixth, with Clément Novalak and Richard Verschoor seventh and eighth.
Carlin pairing Liam Lawson and Logan Sargeant rounded out the top 10 and also sat joint-top of the lap-count in the afternoon, completing 49 tours of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya each.
The final day of testing at Barcelona will kick into action on Thursday at 9am local time.
2022 FIA FORMULA 2 CHAMPIONSHIP – BARCELONA IN-SEASON TESTS, DAY 2, MORNING SESSION
|4||Ralph Boschung||CHE||Campos Racing||1:29.695||29|
|6||Théo Pourchaire||FRA||ART Grand Prix||1:29.837||38|
|8||Jehan Daruvala||IND||PREMA Racing||1:30.057||41|
|9||Olli Caldwell||GBR||Campos Racing||1:30.245||33|
|10||Juri Vips||EST||Hitech Grand Prix||1:30.269||26|
|12||Enzo Fittipaldi||BRA||Charouz Racing System||1:30.433||52|
|13||Frederik Vesti||DNK||ART Grand Prix||1:30.468||39|
|14||Dennis Hauger||NOR||PREMA Racing||1:31.288||38|
|15||Felipe Drugovich||BRA||MP Motorsport||1:33.369||44|
|16||Clément Novalak||FRA||MP Motorsport||1:33.655||40|
|17||Jack Doohan||AUS||Virtuosi Racing||1:34.182||49|
|18||Marcus Armstrong||NZL||Hitech Grand Prix||1:34.319||49|
|19||Amaury Cordeel||BEL||Van Amersfoort Racing||1:34.331||41|
|20||Jake Hughes||GBR||Van Amersfoort Racing||1:35.037||26|
|21||Marino Sato||JPN||Virtuosi Racing||1:35.478||13|
2022 FIA FORMULA 2 CHAMPIONSHIP – BARCELONA IN-SEASON TESTS, DAY 2, AFTERNOON SESSION
|1||Marcus Armstrong||NZL||Hitech Grand Prix||1:29.752||27|
|2||Felipe Drugovich||BRA||MP Motorsport||1:29.960||20|
|3||Juri Vips||EST||Hitech Grand Prix||1:30.148||27|
|4||Amaury Cordeel||BEL||Van Amersfoort Racing||1:30.169||20|
|5||Dennis Hauger||NOR||PREMA Racing||1:30.169||24|
|6||Olli Caldwell||GBR||Campos Racing||1:30.516||36|
|7||Clément Novalak||FRA||MP Motorsport||1:30.950||13|
|12||Jehan Daruvala||IND||PREMA Racing||1:33.444||23|
|13||Ralph Boschung||CHE||Campos Racing||1:33.603||45|
|14||Enzo Fittipaldi||BRA||Charouz Racing System||1:33.713||31|
|15||Jack Doohan||AUS||Virtuosi Racing||1:33.954||26|
|17||Théo Pourchaire||FRA||ART Grand Prix||1:34.516||47|
|19||Frederik Vesti||DNK||ART Grand Prix||1:34.901||45|
|20||Marino Sato||JPN||Virtuosi Racing||1:35.275||9|
|21||Jake Hughes||GBR||Van Amersfoort Racing||1:35.493||12|