Deletraz dominates Austrian Free Practice

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Carlin’s Louis Delétraz emerged as the quickest on track for the first time this season, in FIA Formula 2 Free Practice, at the Red Bull Ring.
The Swiss driver finished ahead of Championship leader Nyck De Vries and UNI-Virtuosi’s Luca Ghiotto, in a preparation focused session.
 
Nikita Mazepin was the first out onto the scenic countryside track as temperatures reached 30 degrees and the drivers initialled focused on getting accustomed to the circuit and the afternoon heat. When times began to tumble, Callum Ilott set the precedent with a quickest lap of 1:15.300.
 
PREMA duo Sean Gelael and Mick Schumacher took a further chunk off the top time to claim P1 and P2, before De Vries matched the Indonesian, with an identical tour of the circuit. Delétraz then enjoyed his most successful practice stint of the season when he dipped under 1m15s to claim top spot.
 
Sergio Sette Câmara and Callum Ilott both improved on their times to sit beneath Delétraz and De Vries in third and fourth. With this, attention switched to qualifying and the teams began to test the limits of the track and the setups of their cars on the demanding circuit.
 
Ghiotto and Latifi each attempted to better Delétraz time as practice drew to a close, but were unable to find as much pace as the Carlin racer and had to settle for a place behind De Vries. Jack Aitken finished fifth, followed by Sette Câmara, Ilott, Nobuharu Matsushita, Guanyu Zhou and Gelael.
 
Attention will now switch to qualifying at 4.55pm local time, when Delétraz will hope to continue the early form that he has shown in Round 6.
 
2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship – Round 6 Free Practice
 
Pos. Driver Team Laptime Laps
1 Louis Delétraz Carlin 01:14.8 26
2 Nyck De Vries ART Grand Prix 01:14.8 24
3 Luca Ghiotto UNI-Virtuosi Racing 01:14.9 24
4 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 01:15.0 23
5 Jack Aitken Campos Racing 01:15.1 25
6 Sergio Sette Câmara DAMS 01:15.1 24
7 Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 01:15.2 27
8 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin 01:15.2 25
9 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi Racing 01:15.2 24
10 Sean Gelael PREMA Racing 01:15.3 25
11 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 01:15.3 25
12 Mick Schumacher PREMA Racing 01:15.3 25
13 Juan Manuel Correa Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 01:15.3 27
14 Giuliano Alesi Trident 01:15.5 27
15 Anthoine Hubert BWT Arden 01:15.7 27
16 Arjun Maini Campos Racing 01:15.9 28
17 Jordan King MP Motorsport 01:16.0 16
18 Patricio O'Ward MP Motorsport 01:16.3 24
19 Ryan Tveter Trident 01:16.4 26
20 Tatiana Calderon BWT Arden 01:17.2 24

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