Solid start for Piastri in F2 testing

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Australia’s Oscar Piastri ended his opening day of FIA Formula 2 testing inside the Top 10 in Bahrain.

Prema Racing’s new driver wracked up a total of 29 laps for the day, the bulk of those in the afternoon, en route to the ninth best time.

His best of 1:44.088 left him 1.244s off the best time set by David Beckman, and 0.590s up on team-mate Robert Shwartzman.

That time came in the afternoon session, which saw him complete 21 laps versus just eight for the morning.

It was a similar programme to that carried out by Shwartzman, the Russian amassing seven laps in the morning and 18 in the afternoon for a total of 25 for the day.

The Prema Racing duo completed the least running of those present, most of whom recorded well over 40 laps each.

Rookie Richard Verschoor was the most prolific, completing a total of 77 laps, while Bent Viscaal was similarly busy as he banked 40 laps in the afternoon session alone.

Two further days of testing are set to follow in the championship’s sole hit out before the season gets underway in support for the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix on March 26-28.

Day 1: FIA Formula 2 Championship, pre-season test

Pos Driver Team Morning Afternoon Laps
1 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1:44.529 1:42.844 40
2 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1:43.021 1:48.885 38
3 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1:44.880 1:43.534 53
4 Théo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1:45.038 1:43.570 55
5 Liam Lawson Hitech Grand Prix 1:43.621 1:44.280 41
6 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1:43.761 1:49.637 41
7 Felipe Drugovich UNI-Virtuosi 1:44.706 1:43.871 53
8 Jüri Vips Hitech Grand Prix 1:44.143 1:44.079 34
9 Oscar Piastri Prema Racing 1:44.346 1:44.088 29
10 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1:44.095 1:45.010 71
11 Marino Sato Trident 1:44.620 1:44.279 53
12 Bent Viscaal Trident 1:44.408 1:44.314 39
13 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 1:45.060 1:44.322 46
14 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1:44.480 1:44.331 47
15 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1:44.332 1:45.189 47
16 Roy Nissany DAMS 1:45.471 1:44.581 41
17 Robert Shwartzman Prema Racing 1:58.546 1:44.678 25
18 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1:44.859 1:45.134 67
19 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 1:45.486 1:45.316 53
20 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1:45.496 1:45.561 41
21 Gianluca Petecof Campos Racing 1:46.362 1:46.238 60
22 Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 1:48.816 1:48.990 28

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