Ghiotto goes fastest in Barcelona free practice

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Luca Ghiotto signalled his intent to put the setback of Round 2 behind him, coming out on top with a dominant drive in FIA Formula 2 free practice at Barcelona, ahead of DAMS’ Nicholas Latifi and PREMA’s Sean Gelael.
 
After the green light, Gelael set the initial pace in a1:31.655. PREMA were out on their own in the lead at first, as Mick Schumacher and Gelael interchanged between P1 and P2.
 
Louis Delétraz soon snapped into action and took his place at the top of the timings, before further ‘musical positions’ occurred. No sooner had the Swissman claimed P1, he was dethroned, firstly by Sérgio Sette Câmara and then by Gelael. The Indonesian was soon ousted himself, as teammate Schumacher raised the bar to 1:30.361.
 
The German driver would hold P1 for longer than his predecessors as Juan Manuel Correa ran off track at a corner and twisted into the gravel, bringing out a red flag. The session soon resumed with the Baku podium finisher not sustaining any damage to his car.
 
Following the restart, Ghiotto and Latifi made a statement of intent to take first and second in the timings by breaking the 1m 30s barrier. Not resting on their laurels, both drivers beat their own times on their way to cementing the positions. There was little movement behind them either, as Gelael, Guanyu Zhou and Sette Câmara completed the top five, followed by Jack Aitken, Nobuharu Matsushita, Schumacher, Nyck De Vries and Anthoine Hubert.
 
The rest of the pack will look to break up the early dominance of Ghiotto and Latifi and close the gap in Qualifying, when they return to The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya at 4.55pm local time.
 
Free Practice classification
 
 Pos 
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPTIME
LAPS
1
Luca Ghiotto
UNI-Virtuosi Racing
1:29.462
17
2
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:29.866
15
3
Sean Gelael
PREMA Racing
1:29:955
18
4
Guanyu Zhou
UNI-Virtuosi Racing
1:30.008
13
5
Sérgio Sette Câmara
DAMS
1:30.073
18
6
Jack Aitken
Campos Racing
1:30.118
17
7
Nobuharu Matsushita
Carlin
1:30.228
18
8
Mick Schumacher
PREMA Racing
1:30.361
20
9
Nyck De Vries
ART Grand Prix
1:30.371
12
10
Anthoine Hubert
BWT Arden
1:30.402
19
11
Ralph Boschung
Trident
1:30.624
17
12
Callum Ilott
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:30.682
19
13
Jordan King
MP Motorsport
1:30.719
19
14
Nikita Mazepin
ART Grand Prix
1:30.742
16
15
Dorian Boccolacci
Campos Racing
1:30.935
19
16
Louis Delétraz
Carlin
1:31.060
7
17
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:31.701
19
18
Tatiana Calderon
BWT Arden
1:32.362
20
19
Mahaveer Raghunathan
MP Motorsport
1:33.402
17
20
Juan Manuel Correa
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:45.830
3
 

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