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FIA Formula 2 test opens in Bahrain

FIA Formula 2 test opens in Bahrain
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Second pre-season test sees teams shift to Middle East

The second pre-season test of the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship kicks off tomorrow, with another three day session taking place this time out at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. The teams and drivers will look to improve their cars from Wednesday 29th to Friday 31st

March at the circuit which will see the racing debut of the new championship in just a few weeks’ time, on April 14th at the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

This test follows on from the first FIA Formula 2 session held earlier this month at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain which saw the teams put their drivers and cars through their paces ahead for the first time this year. The teams were blessed with good weather throughout the 3 days, which saw Johnny Cecotto grab the honours on the first morning with a last lap push ahead of Oliver Rowland and Nobuharu Matsushita, with the Japanese driver flying to the top spot in the afternoon, ahead of ART teammate Alexander Albon and Norman Nato.

Albon took the honours for day two, from Cecotto and Artem Markelov, as the teams worked on qualifying set ups, while the afternoon was set aside for race simulations, with Nyck De Vries topping the session for Rapax ahead of the PREMA pairing of Antonio Fuoco and Charles Leclerc. Day three saw more of the same, with Nato topping the qualifying style morning session with the top time of the 3 days on 1:27.834, ahead of Rowland and Albon, with Luca Ghiotto taking the honours in the final session, ahead of Rapax teammates Cecotto and De Vries.

The Bahrain test sees just one driver change, with South African Raoul Hyman stepping up with Campos Racing to get behind the wheel of car #12. As usual, Pirelli have selected two different compounds for these three days, this time utilising the Medium (Prime) and Soft (Option) tyres. Each driver will be supplied with five sets of Prime and two sets of Option.

The sessions will start each day at 09:00 local time and run until 12:00: on Monday and Tuesday the afternoon session will run from 14:00 to 17:00, while on Wednesday this will be pushed forward an hour to 13:00 before closing at 16:00.

FIA Formula 2 Championship – Bahrain Test Session: Drivers’ Entry List

CAR

DRIVER

LICENSE

TEAM

01

Charles Leclerc

MON

PREMA Racing

02

Antonio Fuoco

ITA

PREMA Racing

03

Louis Deletraz

SUI

Racing Engineering

04

Gustav Malja

SWE

Racing Engineering

05

Luca Ghiotto

ITA

RUSSIAN TIME

06

Artem Markelov

RUS

RUSSIAN TIME

07

Nobuharu Matsushita

JPN

ART Grand Prix

08

Alexander Albon

THA

ART Grand Prix

09

Oliver Rowland

GBR

DAMS

10

Nicholas Latifi

CAN

DAMS

11

Ralph Boschung

SUI

Campos Racing

12

Raoul Hyman

RSA

Campos Racing

14

Sergio Sette Camara

BRA

MP Motorsport

15

Jordan King

GBR

MP Motorsport

16

Nabil Jeffri

MAS

Trident

17

Sergio Canamasas

ESP

Trident

18

Nyck De Vries

NED

Rapax

19

Johnny Cecotto

VEN

Rapax

20

Norman Nato

FRA

Pertamina Arden

21

Sean Gelael

INA

Pertamina Arden

Source : GP2.com

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