Armstrong tops final day of F2 pre-season testing

Ferrari Driver Academy junior Marcus Armstrong

Kiwi talent Marcus Armstrong has headed compatriot Liam Lawson in the final day of Formula 2 pre-season testing in Bahrain.

DAMS driver Armstrong logged his best effort of a 1:42.173s during the morning session when all the fastest times were set.

Less than a tenth of a second ultimately separated the top four, with Lawson (1:42.218s) pipping Hitech Grand Prix team-mate Juri Vips and UNI-Virtuosi’s Guanyu Zhou.

Lawson’s place in the pecking order came despite setting a morning-low 13 laps among the 22-car field.

Among other notable names were Prema Racing duo Robert Shwartzman and Oscar Piastri in sixth and ninth, respectively.

All told, Piastri was 0.354s off the benchmark set by Armstrong.

The afternoon saw higher lap counts and slower times, with no one going quicker than Ralph Boschung of Campos Racing (1:44.905s).

In fact, no driver went quicker in the afternoon session than their best time of the morning.

By the end, Armstong and Lawson had completed 83 and 52 laps respectively, while Australia’s Piastri clocked 75 laps in his final hitout before the F2 season-opener at the Sakhir circuit later this month.

Day 3: FIA Formula 2 Championship, pre-season test (morning)

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1:42.173 22
2 Liam Lawson Hitech Grand Prix 1:42.218 13
3 Jüri Vips Hitech Grand Prix 1:42.224 36
4 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 1:42.246 47
5 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1:42.356 22
6 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Racing 1:42.359 20
7 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1:42.427 23
8 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1:42.522 24
9 Oscar Piastri PREMA Racing 1:42.527 22
10 Felipe Drugovich UNI-Virtuosi 1:42.570 45
11 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1:42.587 48
12 Roy Nissany DAMS 1:42.590 25
13 Théo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1:42.595 40
14 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1:42.674 40
15 Bent Viscaal Trident 1:42.815 34
16 Marino Sato Trident 1:42.920 43
17 Matteo Nannini HWA RACELAB 1:43.159 31
18 Gianluca Petecof Campos Racing 1:43.219 24
19 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1:43.283 47
20 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1:43.496 24
21 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1:43.585 24
22 Alessio Deledda HWA RACELAB 1:45.076 36

Day 3: FIA Formula 2 Championship, pre-season test (afternoon)

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1:44.905 59
2 Gianluca Petecof Campos Racing 1:45.537 55
3 Roy Nissany DAMS 1:46.104 60
4 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Racing 1:47.146 53
5 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1:47.307 60
6 Oscar Piastri PREMA Racing 1:47.326 53
7 Liam Lawson Hitech Grand Prix 1:47.409 39
8 Théo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1:47.426 42
9 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1:47.598 57
10 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1:47.698 43
11 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1:47.891 61
12 Matteo Nannini HWA RACELAB 1:47.893 39
13 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1:47.965 64
14 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1:48.128 61
15 Jüri Vips Hitech Grand Prix 1:48.332 39
16 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 1:48.446 50
17 Alessio Deledda HWA RACELAB 1:48.456 36
18 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1:48.487 41
19 Felipe Drugovich UNI-Virtuosi 1:48.613 43
20 Bent Viscaal Trident 1:48.630 41
21 Marino Sato Trident 1:48.926 41
22 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1:50.048 33

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