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Leclerc tops first morning in Bahrain

Leclerc tops first morning in Bahrain
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Monegasque leads the way in first session

Charles Leclerc has set the bar for the second FIA Formula 2 pre-season test by topping the timesheets this morning at the Bahrain International Circuit: the Monegasque driver had a trouble free run to a laptime of 1:41.454, one tenth faster than Jordan King and Luca Ghiotto.

The session opened to the expected warm temperatures, with all drivers making use of their first set of medium Pirelli compounds as they ran through the usual installation routines, running in and out of the pitlane a number of times as the teams studied the data. King was the only driver to set a laptime for the first third of the session, with Sergio Sette Camara taking over on the timesheets at the halfway mark.

Soon after the pace started to pick up, and the PREMA pairing of Leclerc and Antonio Fuoco were the first drivers to set competitive times, with the Monegasque driver setting the target with what would ultimately be the top time for the session. With an hour remaining King improved to split the teammates and grab P2, with Nobuharu Matsushita improving to 3rd shortly after.

In the closing stages of the session the pace improved all along the pitlane, with Ghiotto grabbing P3 with 30 minutes remaining, but as the chequered flag dropped no one was able to beat Leclerc’s time: the top 12 drivers were within a second of his best lap, which promises excitement to come when the teams return to their pits after lunch, in two hours’ time.

Day 1 Morning results

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1 Charles Leclerc PREMA Racing 1:41.454 15
2 Jordan King MP Motorsport 1:41.634 10
3 Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 1:41.700 15
4 Norman Nato Pertamina Arden 1:41.718 10
5 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:41.777 15
6 Oliver Rowland DAMS 1:42.005 7
7 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:42.104 5
8 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1:42.110 17
9 Nyck de Vries Rapax 1:42.121 7
10 Antonio Fuoco PREMA Racing 1:42.167 15
11 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:42.201 13
12 Louis Deletraz Racing Engineering 1:42.353 11
13 Johnny Cecotto Rapax 1:42.596 11
14 Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 1:42.632 9
15 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1:42.890 15
16 Sergio Canamasas Trident 1:42.950 13
17 Nabil Jeffri Trident 1:42.964 15
18 Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport 1:43.126 20
19 Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 1:43.263 14
20 Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1:43.926 19

Source : GP2.com

David Martin-Janiak Motorsports has always been a passion for me, I've raced in Karting and now I have my own Motorsports news website, so i can help other racers convey their passion to the world!

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