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Ghiotto tops low-grip practice in Baku

  • Published on 26 Apr 2019 09:50
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Luca Ghiotto has topped the opening practice session of the Formula 2 weekend in Azerbaijan, beating Nobuharu Matsushita to the top spot.

Ghiotto, who won the sprint race last time out in Bahrain, was over two-tenths ahead of the Japanese driver, who set his fastest lap at the end of the session like most of his competitors.

As it was the first on-track action of the weekend at the circuit, the very dusty surface provided a challenge for the drivers.

In the final moments of the session, Jordan King jumped into P3, ahead of Nyck de Vries and Nicholas Latifi in fourth and fifth respectively.

Yellow flags were out in abundance during the session, as many drivers took to the run-off area at Turn 1 after locking their tyres and going straight on at the heavy braking zone.

Some also had trouble at Turn 2, with Mahaveer Raghunathan struggling to turn his car back onto the circuit after running too deep.

Mick Schumacher was sixth for Prema, finishing ahead of his fellow Ferrari junior driver Callum Ilott. 

Sergio Sette Camara was eighth, while Juan Manuel Correa and Sean Gelael rounded out the top ten. 

Qualifying for Saturday's feature race takes place at 15:00 local time, in between the opening two practice sessions for Formula 1.
 

POS DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP
1. Luca Ghiotto UNI-Virtuosi 1:56.637      -
2. Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin 1:56.919 +0.282
3. Jordan King MP Motorsport 1:57.023 +0.386
4. Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 1:57.441 +0.804
5. Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:57.446 +0.809
6. Mick Schumacher Prema Racing 1:57.576 +0.939
7. Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 1:57.887 +1.250
8. Sergio Sette Camara DAMS 1:58.029 +1.392
9. Juan Manuel Correa Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 1:58.273 +1.636
10. Sean Gelael Prema Racing 1:58.377 +1.740
11. Jack Aitken Campos Racing 1:58.647 +2.010
12. Louis Deletraz Carlin 1:58.685 +2.048
13. Ralph Boschung Trident 1:59.010 +2.373
14. Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1:59.699 +3.062
15. Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 1:59.753 +3.116
16. Anthoine Hubert BWT Arden 1:59.801 +3.164
17. Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:59.994 +3.357
18. Tatiana Calderon BWT Arden 2:01.994 +5.357
19. Dorian Boccolacci Campos Racing 2:02.474 +5.837
20. Mahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport 2:09.848 +13.211
Photos Formula 2 Azerbaijan 2019

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