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Norris quickest on second morning at Le Castellet

Norris quickest on second morning at Le Castellet

British driver leads Carlin 1-2 in the Day 2 early running

Lando Norris led the way in the second morning of FIA Formula 2 pre-season testing at Le Castellet, France, continuing his tenure at the top of the timesheets and setting a 1:42.226 to lead a Carlin 1-2 ahead of teammate Sergio Sette Camara.

Trident’s Arjun Maini was the first to take to the circuit, followed in hot pursuit by Sette Camara. Seeking to get plenty of dry running early in the breezy, sunny conditions, the majority of the field were out of the blocks within the first ten minutes, trading fastest times as the track conditions improved with the flurry of activity.

Jack Aitken of ART Grand Prix took the early advantage 20 minutes into the session, beating Norris’ best time from yesterday by half a second, before PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing’s Nyck De Vries hit back to beat the Brit to top spot. A first red flag came out approaching the end of the first half-hour – MP Motorsport’s Roberto Merhi came to a stop at turn 12 – with a second stoppage coming courtesy of Sean Gelael (PERTAMINA PREMA) later on.

Finding more time, Aitken became the first driver to break into the 1m42s times, before going even faster on his next tour of the circuit. Maini got within two tenths as the first half of the session drew to a close.

Fastest on day 1, Norris returned to the top of the standings with 0.3s in hand over Aitken, as Sette Camara continued Carlin’s strong pace on the medium compound tyres by getting within a smidgen of the ART driver’s time, before overhauling it a few laps later.

Russell stopped with 20 minutes left on the clock, bringing out a brief red flag as the session wound into its final stages. A number of drivers bolted on the supersoft tyres on their return to the circuit but few drivers were able to improve their times; Norris’ time proved to be unbeatable as a slow final sector for Sette Camara put paid to his chances to ending the morning on top.

Aitken had to be content with third, ahead of Louis Delétraz (Charouz Racing System) who took fourth with a late charge on medium tyres. Arjun Maini set the most laps of anyone with 48 tours of the circuit, and was fifth fastest ahead of Russell. Nyck De Vries beat Luca Ghiotto (Campos Vexatec Racing) to seventh, while Alexander Albon (DAMS) and Nirei Fukuzumi (BWT Arden) completed the top half of the field.

1Lando NorrisCarlin1:42.22641
2Sergio Sette CamaraCarlin1:42.38738
3Jack AitkenART Grand Prix1:42.56646
4Louis DelétrazCharouz Racing System1:42.69835
5Arjun MainiTrident1:42.70048
6George RussellART Grand Prix1:42.95937
7Nyck De VriesPERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing1:43.00820
8Luca GhiottoCampos Vexatec Racing1:43.19738
9Alexander AlbonDAMS1:43.19737
10Nirei FukuzumiBWT Arden1:43.34333
11Sean GelaelPERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing1:43.34536
12Oliver RowlandDAMS1:43.36317
13Antonio FuocoCharouz Racing System1:43.60829
14Santino FerrucciTrident1:43.72042
15Ralph BoschungMP Motorsport1:43.72629
16Maximilian GüntherBWT Arden1:44.02714
17Artem MarkelovRUSSIAN TIME1:44.56438
18Roy NissanyCampos Vexatec Racing1:44.62633
19Roberto MerhiMP Motorsport1:44.8935
20Tadasuke MakinoRUSSIAN TIME1:45.8728




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