F2: Lundgaard kicks off Barcelona test on top, beating out Drugovich on Day 1

Drugovich posted the second fastest time, 0.178s off Lundgaard

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By Olivier Ferret

23 April 2021 - 19:03
F2: Lundgaard kicks off Barcelona (...)

ART Grand Prix’s Christian Lundgaard topped both sessions on Day 1 of testing in Spain, proving peerless around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The quickest time of the two came in the morning session, as the Alpine junior beat out UNI-Virtuosi’s Felipe Drugovich by 0.178s.

Hitech Grand Prix pairing Jüri Vips and Liam Lawson also managed spots in the top five on the opening day, ahead of MP Motorsport’s Lirim Zendeli.

MORNING

Greeted by a hefty layer of fog upon arrival, the teams only sent their drivers out for an initial install lap when the lights went green. Thankfully, the fog quickly cleared and was replaced by bright blue skies, allowing Campos Racing to shoot out and get a feel for the circuit.

MP Motorsport followed suit, but without setting a competitive time, before Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala stopped at Turn 1 and brought out an early Red Flag.

There was a second inside of the opening hour, as PREMA Racing’s Oscar Piastri pulled up at Turn 3, although the Australian did still manage to finish ninth.

With the two cars safely back in their garages, Lundgaard headed out for a tour of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and posted the quickest time of the morning, setting the standard at 1:29.606, ahead of Vips, who notched 1:29.988.

There was then a third stoppage at the midway point when Gianluca Petecof spun his Campos between turns two and three, coming to a halt on the gravel.

In the final hour, Drugovich managed to give the order a bit of a shake-up, barging into second place, 0.178s off Lundgaard, while Lawson leapt up to fourth, ahead of Zendeli.

Guanyu Zhou just missed out on a spot in the top five with UNI-Virtuosi, finishing 0.005s off Zendeli. Marcus Armstrong was seventh with DAMS, ahead of Campos’s Ralph Boschung.

Running the most laps of the morning session, MP’s Richard Verschoor posted 40 overall, whilst also completing the 10th fastest time.

AFTERNOON

MP were the first team to return to the track in the afternoon session, with their duo getting a fast run out of the way early doors. Verschoor charged to the top of the table on his fifth lap, with a tour of 1:30.165, and was backed up by his teammate, Zendeli.

The pair would end up finishing in second and seventh, with Verschoor’s attention switching to longer runs, before Zendeli lost control of his MP and tagged the barrier.

There was another red flag shortly after as Roy Nissany lost control at Turn 9 and touched the wall himself.

It was the familiar name of Lundgaard who bumped Verschoor down to P2, with the Alpine junior heading out for a single push lap, which returned him to P1 with a time of 1:29.827, before shooting back into the garage.

Lawson was briefly behind them, before getting overtaken in the order by 2020 Formula 3 rival Théo Pourchaire, who lunged into third, three tenths off his ART teammate’s quickest time.

Armstrong dove into fourth to drop Lawson to fifth, ahead of Boschung. David Beckmann emerged in eighth with Charouz Racing System, but was almost a second off the leading pace, ahead of Vips and Drugovich.

Lundgaard will aim to kick off Day 2 in similarly strong form, when action gets underway at 9am local time.

MORNING SESSION

1 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1:29.594 34
2 Felipe Drugovich UNI-Virtuosi 1:29.772 26
3 Jüri Vips Hitech Grand Prix 1:29.988 26
4 Liam Lawson Hitech Grand Prix 1:30.006 26
5 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1:30.078 39
6 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 1:30.083 27
7 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1:30.158 26
8 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1:30.259 31
9 Oscar Piastri PREMA Racing 1:30.425 21
10 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1:30.519 40
11 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1:30.598 34
12 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1:30.674 31
13 Roy Nissany DAMS 1:30.723 26
14 Marino Sato Trident 1:30.727 19
15 Bent Viscaal Trident 1:30.727 33
16 Théo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1:30.738 33
17 Gianluca Petecof Campos Racing 1:30.882 30
18 Matteo Nannini HWA RACELAB 1:30.953 30
19 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1:30.973 32
20 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1:31.305 31
21 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Racing 1:31.435 27
22 Alessio Deledda HWA RACELAB 1:37.100 7

AFTERNOON SESSION

1 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1:29.827 45
2 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1:30.165 45
3 Théo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1:30.167 42
4 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1:30.617 46
5 Liam Lawson Hitech Grand Prix 1:30.739 41
6 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1:30.755 41
7 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1:30.767 6
8 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1:30.824 31
9 Jüri Vips Hitech Grand Prix 1:30.956 39
10 Felipe Drugovich UNI-Virtuosi 1:31.075 43
11 Bent Viscaal Trident 1:31.198 36
12 Oscar Piastri PREMA Racing 1:31.350 24
13 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Racing 1:31.440 23
14 Gianluca Petecof Campos Racing 1:31.532 40
15 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1:31.575 31
16 Marino Sato Trident 1:34.503 40
17 Alessio Deledda HWA RACELAB 1:34.629 7
18 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 1:34.783 51
19 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1:35.511 47
20 Matteo Nannini HWA RACELAB 1:35.787 35
21 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1:35.865 46
22 Roy Nissany DAMS 1:36.166 14

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