Delétraz fastest on Day 1 of post-season testing in Abu Dhabi

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Testing out Charouz machinery, Louis Delétraz set the fastest time of the first day of post-season testing in Abu Dhabi, posting 1:50.543 with less than a minute of the afternoon session to go.
The Swiss racer finished ahead of ART Grand Prix duo Marcus Armstrong and Christian Lundgaard, who made the jump up from Formula 3.
 
The new look F2 field set off around the Yas Marina Circuit in sunny conditions on Thursday morning, with a variety of new testers, and confirmed 2020 drivers on show for the first time. Armstrong’s first F2 outing didn’t quite go to plan to begin with, as the ART man came to a halt on his installation lap.
 
When the session got back underway, Felipe Drugovich was the first to run a fast time, setting 2:12.921 on his maiden stint in the MP Motorsport machine. Delétraz quickly displayed his experience, as he broke the 2m barrier and set the standard at 1:51.080, in the Charouz.
 
Mick Schumacher will be eyeing further improvement in 2020, having adjusted steadily to F2 machinery in his rookie season. The PREMA ace got off on the right foot in post-season testing, as he climbed to the top of the early timings. The German led a tight front three, with himself, Delétraz and Nikita Mazepin separated by less than a tenth.
 
The German’s time of 1:50.947 wouldn’t be beaten in the morning, as the teams switched their attentions to long runs, getting in 517 laps between them. Following Schumacher in the top 10 was Delétraz, Mazepin, Guanyu Zhou, Sean Gelael, Luca Ghiotto, Callum Ilott, Artem Markelov, Dan Ticktum and Niko Kari.
 
Campos Racing were the first team to return to the track for the afternoon stint, as Kari set the early bench mark. Delétraz followed in second, as he continued his testing form. The Swiss driver’s Charouz stablemate Pedro Piquet leapfrogged the pair of them shortly after for P1, as he grew accustomed to his faster, more powerful machinery.
 
That was until ART Grand Prix flexed their muscles. The Championship winning outfit stole control of second half of the session, as Lundgaard and Armstrong went first and second with 1:50.923 and 1:51:180.
 
Felipe Drugovich and Mahaveer Raghunathan both brought brief halts to the running, as the duo stopped on track during the afternoon. Little changed in between as focus shifted back onto to getting laps under their belts.
 
Armstrong swapped places with his ART teammate, as the Ferrari F1 junior posted a time just over a tenth quicker. The Kiwi looked to have wrapped up the day, before Delétraz’s final lap of the afternoon shifted control. With less than a minute remaining, the Swiss ace stormed around the Yas Marina Circuit 0.255s faster and stole P1.
 
Joining Delétraz in the top 10 was Armstrong, Lundgaard, Schumacher, Markelov, Piquet, Ticktum, Gelael, Shwartzman and Giuliano Alesi. The field will get another opportunity to test out their machinery at 9am tomorrow (local time).
 
2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship – Post-season tests, Day 1, morning session
 
 Pos. 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1
Mick Schumacher
PREMA Racing
1:50.947
32
2
Louis Delétraz
Charouz Racing System
1:50.958
18
3
Nikita Mazepin
Carlin
1:51.034
22
4
Guanyu Zhou
UNI-Virtuosi
1:51.178
26
5
Sean Gelael
DAMS
1:51.449
31
6
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:51.570
27
7
Callum Ilott
UNI-Virtuosi
1:51.585
18
8
Artem Markelov
BWT HWA RACELAB
1:51.626
19
9
Dan Ticktum
DAMS
1:51.692
28
10
Niko Kari
Campos Racing
1:51.963
28
11
Robert Shwartzman
PREMA Racing
1:52.021
33
12
Christian Lundgaard
ART Grand Prix
1:52.077
32
13
Yuki Tsunoda
Carlin
1:52.155
27
14
Felipe Drugovich
MP Motorsport
1:52.281
30
15
Pedro Piquet
Charouz Racing System
1:52.448
32
16
Marino Sato
Trident
1:52.516
28
17
Marcus Armstrong
ART Grand Prix
1:52.653
22
18
Giuliano Alesi
BWT HWA RACELAB
1:52.721
23
19
Mahaveer Raghunathan
MP Motorsport
1:53.505
22
20
Guilherme Samaia
Campos Racing
1:53.540
19
 
2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship – Post-season tests, Day 1, afternoon session
 
 Pos. 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1
Louis Delétraz
Charouz Racing System
1:50.543
49
2
Marcus Armstrong
ART Grand Prix
1:50.798
28
3
Christian Lundgaard
ART Grand Prix
1:50.923
28
4
Mick Schumacher
PREMA Racing
1:50.966
28
5
Artem Markelov
BWT HWA RACELAB
1:51.523
26
6
Pedro Piquet
Charouz Racing System
1:51.685
33
7
Dan Ticktum
DAMS
1:51.724
35
8
Sean Gelael
DAMS
1:51.840
39
9
Robert Shwartzman
PREMA Racing
1:51.977
28
10
Giuliano Alesi
BWT HWA RACELAB
1:52.091
35
11
Niko Kari
Campos Racing
1:52.117
25
12
Mahaveer Raghunathan
MP Motorsport
1:52.467
24
13
Guanyu Zhou
UNI-Virtuosi
1:52.796
35
14
Roy Nissany
Trident
1:52.881
25
15
Guilherme Samaia
Campos Racing
1:54.082
15
16
Nikita Mazepin
Carlin
1:55.393
33
17
Yuki Tsunoda
Carlin
1:55.786
33
18
Callum Ilott
UNI-Virtuosi
1:56.396
44
19
Felipe Drugovich
MP Motorsport
1:56.629
22
20
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:56.789
23

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