Mazepin finishes fastest on final day of testing

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Nikita Mazepin finished the final post-season testing session of 2019 in first place, with the Russian impressing in Carlin machinery around the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
The 20-year-old’s time of 1:50.473 in the morning was enough to put him top overall, ahead of Callum Ilott for UNI-Virtuosi and Louis Delétraz at Charouz Racing System.
 
The field were quick off the mark in the morning with all 20 cars feeding out onto the track at the green flag. It took Mazepin just 15 minutes to take the time to under 1m 51s, as the Russian bossed the start of the session.
 
Sitting in second was his Carlin teammate Yuki Tsunoda, with the rookie running nearly 0.5s slower ahead of the in-form Louis Delétraz. The Swiss ace improved upon his own time to move up to second before Callum Ilott ran even quicker to rise above him, just 0.029s slower than the Russian in P1.
 
The morning’s focus then shifted to long-runs, with 620 laps completed before the lunch break. As a result the top ten stayed relatively unaltered and at the chequered flag Mazepin remained ahead of Ilott and Delétraz. Ralph Boschung and Dan Ticktum completed the top five, followed by Robert Shwartzman, Tsunoda, Guanyu Zhou, Pedro Piquet and Mick Schumacher.
 
It was much of the same in the afternoon, with teams trying to make the most of the final session. Boschung was the initial pace setter ahead of BWT HWA RACELAB duo Artem Markelov and Giuliano Alesi. The pair leapfrogged the MP Motorsport tester on the hour mark, with Markelov touring 0.139s ahead of his new teammate.
 
Despite his high standing on the timesheets, it wasn’t an entirely smooth afternoon for Alesi as the Ferrari Academy Driver stopped on track and brought out a red flag. Ilott briefly took first when action resumed before fellow FDA driver Schumacher put in his first fast lap of the afternoon to move straight to the top of the order.
 
The German would retain the position at the chequered flag, as Ilott settled for second. Dan Ticktum snatched third, ahead of Markelov and Alesi. Tsunoda, Delétraz, Zhou, Niko Kari and Boschung completed the top ten.
 
2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship – Post-season tests, Day 3, morning session
 
Pos. 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1
Nikita Mazepin
Carlin
1:50.473
39
2
Callum Ilott
UNI-Virtuosi
1:50.502
32
3
Louis Delétraz
Charouz Racing System
1:50.623
34
4
Ralph Boschung
MP Motorsport
1:50.783
24
5
Dan Ticktum
DAMS
1:50.916
31
6
Robert Shwartzman
PREMA Racing
1:51.085
30
7
Yuki Tsunoda
Carlin
1:51.118
41
8
Guanyu Zhou
UNI-Virtuosi
1:51.129
35
9
Pedro Piquet
Charouz Racing System
1:51.158
34
10
Mick Schumacher
PREMA Racing
1:51.171
30
11
Felipe Drugovich
MP Motorsport
1:51.341
32
12
Christian Lundgaard
ART Grand Prix
1:51.429
28
13
Niko Kari
Campos Racing
1:51.467
45
14
Marcus Armstrong
ART Grand Prix
1:51.494
32
15
Sean Gelael
DAMS
1:51.547
29
16
Artem Markelov
BWT HWA RACELAB
1:51.780
22
17
Marino Sato
Trident
1:51.899
38
18
Giuliano Alesi
BWT HWA RACELAB
1:51.972
22
19
Guilherme Samaia
Campos Racing
1:52.223
21
20
Roy Nissany
Trident
1:53.057
21
 
2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship – Post-season tests, Day 3, afternoon session
 
 Pos. 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1
Mick Schumacher
PREMA Racing
1:51.569
38
2
Callum Ilott
UNI-Virtuosi
1:51.657
13
3
Dan Ticktum
DAMS
1:51.748
40
4
Artem Markelov
BWT HWA RACELAB
1:52.060
42
5
Giuliano Alesi
BWT HWA RACELAB
1:52.199
23
6
Yuki Tsunoda
Carlin
1:52.224
26
7
Louis Delétraz
Charouz Racing System
1:52.412
38
8
Guanyu Zhou
UNI-Virtuosi
1:52.428
27
9
Niko Kari
Campos Racing
1:52.510
26
10
Ralph Boschung
MP Motorsport
1:52.525
24
11
Robert Shwartzman
PREMA Racing
1:52.734
35
12
Roy Nissany
Trident
1:52.998
43
13
Marino Sato
Trident
1:53.036
25
14
Sean Gelael
DAMS
1:53.578
39
15
Felipe Drugovich
MP Motorsport
1:53.686
28
16
Nikita Mazepin
Carlin
1:56.290
20
17
Marcus Armstrong
ART Grand Prix
1:56.393
40
18
Christian Lundgaard
ART Grand Prix
1:56.546
30
19
Pedro Piquet
Charouz Racing System
1:57.055
54
20
Guilherme Samaia
Campos Racing
1:57.061
39

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