Deletraz ends 2018 season testing on top

Louis Deletraz
Louis Deletraz

Louis Deletraz wrapped up his 2018 F2 season in style: the Swiss set the quickest laptime of the three days of post-season testing in today’s evening session at the Yas Marina Circuit. He clocked in a time of 1:49.638 with a Carlin car. Luca Ghiotto and Nicholas Latifi completed the top 3.

The final day of post-season testing in Abu Dhabi saw Carlin’s Nobuharu Matsushita set the early pace after all the drivers fed onto the track, eager to start their long run programs for the next two hours and a half.

At the thirty minute mark, reigning GP3 Champion Anthoine Hubert improved on the Japanese’s best to move to the top of the timesheet with a lap time of a 1:51.323. Fifteen minutes later, Nicholas Latifi also found some pace to improve on the Frenchman’s time by 2 hundredths.

Latifi
Latifi

Nothing changed at the top of the timesheet until the checkered flag while Juan Manuel Correa moved up to P3 ahead of Sergio Sette Camara, newcomer Richard Verschoor, returnee Tatiana Calderon, Jack Aitken, Leonardo Pulcini, Matsushita and Deletraz.

Verschoor set the early pace in the evening session until Deletraz improved on the Dutchman’s laptime. Forty-five minutes in, Ghiotto broke the 1m50s barrier on new tires to go top in a 1:49.904, but fifteen minutes later, Deletraz put his head down and lapped the track three tenths quicker. That was enough to keep the top honors until the checkered flag.

Behind the two men, Latifi, Guanyu Zhou, Sette Camara, Giuliano Alesi, Matsushita, Nikita Mazepin, Verschoor and Mick Schumacher rounded the top 10.

This concludes the 2018 FIA Formula 2 season.

2018 Post-season testing – Day 3: morning session classification

POS

DRIVER

TEAM

TIME

LAPS

1

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:51.312

35

2

Anthoine Hubert

MP Motorsport

1:51.323

29

3

Juan Manuel Correa

Charouz Racing System

1:51.359

31

4

Sergio Sette Camara

DAMS

1:51.379

28

5

Richard Verschoor

MP Motorsport

1:51.564

26

6

Tatiana Calderon

Charouz Racing System

1:51.583

29

7

Jack Aitken

Campos Vexatec Racing

1:51.594

32

8

Leonardo Pulcini

Trident

1:51.857

32

9

Nobuharu Matsushita

Carlin

1:52.051

40

10

Louis Deletraz

Carlin

1:52.402

25

11

Ralph Boschung

BWT Arden

1:52.520

29

12

Ryan Tveter

BWT Arden

1:52.731

22

13

Marino Sato

Campos Vexatec Racing

1:53.315

21

14

Guanyu Zhou

RUSSIAN TIME

1:55.636

52

15

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:55.931

31

16

Sean Gelael

PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing

1:56.114

43

17

Luca Ghiotto

RUSSIAN TIME

1:56.145

32

18

Nyck De Vries

ART Grand Prix

1:56.292

40

19

Nikita Mazepin

ART Grand Prix

1:56.312

41

20

Mick Schumacher

PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing

1:56.595

41

2018 Post-season testing – Day 3: morning session classification

POS

DRIVER

TEAM

TIME

LAPS

1

Louis Deletraz

Carlin

1:49.638

29

2

Luca Ghiotto

RUSSIAN TIME

1:49.904

25

3

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:49.976

38

4

Guanyu Zhou

RUSSIAN TIME

1:50.036

33

5

Sergio Sette Camara

DAMS

1:50.092

40

6

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:50.136

34

7

Nobuharu Matsushita

Carlin

1:50.139

21

8

Nikita Mazepin

ART Grand Prix

1:50.480

29

9

Richard Verschoor

MP Motorsport

1:50.501

28

10

Mick Schumacher

PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing

1:50.522

27

11

Jack Aitken

Campos Vexatec Racing

1:50.663

31

12

Leonardo Pulcini

Trident

1:50.718

24

13

Nyck De Vries

ART Grand Prix

1:50.729

33

14

Anthoine Hubert

MP Motorsport

1:50.790

38

15

Sean Gelael

PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing

1:50.841

28

16

Marino Sato

Campos Vexatec Racing

1:51.202

34

17

Ryan Tveter

BWT Arden

1:51.309

32

18

Ralph Boschung

BWT Arden

1:51.750

26

19

Juan-Manuel Correa

Charouz Racing System

1:54.232

55

20

Tatiana Calderon

Charouz Racing System

1:54.924

40

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