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14/03/2017

Albon tops second morning test in Barcelona

Albon tops second morning test in Barcelona

Thai driver steps up to top spot

Alexander Albon has claimed the honours in this morning’s FIA Formula 2 Championship test session in Barcelona, grabbing the top spot in the closing hour of the session with a lap time of 1:28.225 to squeeze out Johnny Cecotto (by 0.025s) and Artem Markelov (by 0.175s) in the second day of the session.

The track opened at 9:00 CET under gloriously sunny, if not hot, conditions, and the teams wasted no time in getting their drivers onto the circuit. Oliver Rowland and Norman Nato lead the way in the first hour from Luca Ghiotto, Albon, Antonio Fuoco and Charles Leclerc until the red flags emerged for the first time, with the circuit operators wanting to look at a section of the track.

Albon put himself on the top of the timesheets when the circuit went green once more, and stayed there for the remainder of the session, ahead of strong times for Cecotto and Markelov. Their cause was helped by another red flag period late in the session when Gustav Malja stopped on track, having appeared to have run out of fuel: the Swede’s times were subsequently deleted when the car was judged to be underweight.

The teams will now analyse the data over lunch before returning to the pitlane, with the afternoon session beginning at 14:00 CET.

Day 1 Morning results

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Alexander Albon

ART Grand Prix

1:28.225

35

2.

Johnny Cecotto

Rapax

1:28.250

28

3.

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:28.410

42

4.

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:28.429

26

5.

Norman Nato

Pertamina Arden

1:28.445

26

6.

Luca Ghiotto

RUSSIAN TIME

1:28.541

27

7.

Oliver Rowland

DAMS

1:28.642

25

8.

Antonio Fuoco

PREMA Racing

1:28.655

24

9.

Jordan King

MP Motorsport

1:28.722

24

10.

Charles Leclerc

PREMA Racing

1:28.805

29

11.

Louis Deletraz

Racing Engineering

1:28.887

33

12.

Nobuharu Matsushita

ART Grand Prix

1:29.040

35

13.

Sergio Sette Camara

MP Motorsport

1:29.184

32

14.

Ralph Boschung

Campos Racing

1:29.248

33

15.

Sergio Canamasas

Trident

1:29.337

26

16.

Nyck De Vries

Rapax

1:29.429

25

17.

Sean Gelael

Pertamina Arden

1:29.906

14

18.

Roberto Merhi

Campos Racing

1:30.085

34

19.

Nabil Jeffri

Trident

1:30.588

26

20.

Gustav Malja

Racing Engineering

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32

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