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De Vries claims final day of Bahrain test

De Vries claims final day of Bahrain test
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Dutchman leads the way on day three

Nyck De Vries has set the pace on the final day of the FIA Formula 2 test at the Bahrain International Circuit, grabbing the top spot in both sessions as he denied his rivals twice over, with a time of 1:40.583, just seven thousands ahead of Nobuharu Matsushita and Oliver Rowland, in the morning session, and with an afternoon time of 1:41.880, ahead of Rapax teammate Johnny Cecotto and Norman Nato.

The morning session opened under overcast conditions and slightly cooler temperatures than seen for the last two days, with De Vries clearly enjoying the elements as he set the early pace. The PREMA pair of Charles Leclerc and Antonio Fuoco soon took over on top, with the Italian the first to drop below 1:41.

At the one hour mark yesterday’s quickest driver Nicholas Latifi grabbed the top spot, but teammate Oliver Rowland had his eye on the prize: the Briton dethroned the Canadian by just eight hundredths, with Matsushita soon splitting the DAMS pair, indicating the fine margins between the teams, but with just over a half an hour remaining De Vries stole past them all, grabbing P1 by just 0.007s.

Following a one hour break the pitlane was green again, with de Vries the first man on track as he looked to resume hostilities. Artem Markelov topped the timesheets in the opening stages before the Pertamina Arden of Sean Gelael and Nato took over, but on the one hour mark Cecotto went top, ahead of De Vries and Nato.

The Dutchman bided his time before striking in the final hour, again grabbing the top spot with Nato closing in to P2, but Cecotto reclaimed the position just before the chequered flag to hand his Rapax team a 1-2 in the final session before the opening round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship, to be run in Bahrain in just 2 weeks’ time, on 14-16 April.

Day 3 Morning results

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Nyck de Vries Rapax 1:40.583 27

2.

Oliver Rowland DAMS 1:40.590 16

3.

Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:40.618 18

4.

Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:40.679 12

5.

Antonio Fuoco PREMA Racing 1:40.780 22

6.

Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1:40.844 17

7.

Charles Leclerc PREMA Racing 1:40.916 33

8.

Norman Nato Pertamina Arden 1:41.180 37

9.

Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 1:41.181 35

10.

Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:41.197 23

11.

Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 1:41.211 26

12.

Louis Deletraz Racing Engineering 1:41.281 21

13.

Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport 1:41.329 13

14.

Johnny Cecotto Rapax 1:41.448 30

15.

Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 1:41.592 17

16.

Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1:41.602 32

17.

Sergio Canamasas Trident 1:41.960 24

18.

Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1:42.359 32

19.

Nabil Jeffri Trident 1:42.580 25

20.

Jordan King MP Motorsport 1:45.862 29

Day 3 Afternoon results

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Nyck de Vries

Rapax

1:41.880 40

2.

Johnny Cecotto

Rapax

1:41.914 22

3.

Norman Nato

Pertamina Arden

1:42.807 42

4.

Nabil Jeffri

Trident

1:43.821 36

5.

Sergio Sette Camara

MP Motorsport

1:44.042 34

6.

Oliver Rowland

DAMS

1:44.923 42

7.

Jordan King

MP Motorsport

1:45.007 32

8.

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:45.111 43

9.

Ralph Boschung

Campos Racing

1:45.265 31

10.

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:45.354 43

11.

Antonio Fuoco

PREMA Racing

1:45.436 37

12.

Luca Ghiotto

RUSSIAN TIME

1:45.656 31

13.

Alexander Albon

ART Grand Prix

1:45.754 51

14.

Sean Gelael

Pertamina Arden

1:45.841 36

15.

Nobuharu Matsushita

ART Grand Prix

1:46.061 53

16.

Raoul Hyman

Campos Racing

1:46.072 28

17.

Louis Delétraz

Racing Engineering

1:46.314 39

18.

Gustav Malja

Racing Engineering

1:46.539 45

19.

Charles Leclerc

PREMA Racing

1:46.925 35

20.

Sergio Canamasas

Trident

1:47.261 31

Source : GP2.com

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