Maini ends Day 2 quickest in Bahrain test

Santino Ferrucci fastest in slower PM session
American Santino Ferrucci fastest in slower PM session

Trident’s Arjun Maini ended the second day of the FIA Formula 2 Championship test in Sakhir, Bahrain having set a quickest lap of 1:42.779 in the morning session, ending the day faster than ART Grand Prix’s Jack Aitken and Nyck de Vries of PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing.

The competitors were once again greeted with perfect conditions, scrambling to get on track as soon as the green flag was waved. Maini and Trident teammate Santino Ferrucci were first to reach the circuit, followed in hot pursuit by Charouz Racing System’s Louis Deletraz.

Luca Ghiotto (Campos Vexatec Racing) set the early pace, before trading best times with Dilator in the opening stages of the session. Intruding on their fight for dominance, George Russell of ART soon displaced the pair from the top before the Swiss driver took six tenths out of his rival to raise the bar further.

Maini then became the first driver to dip below the 1m43s marker, shading Dilator by almost half a second to end the first hour on top. Artem Markelov (RUSSIAN TIME) brought out a red flag for a spin at Turn 8 shortly after, but the ensuing burst of running after the session restarted was not enough to end the Indian driver’s stranglehold on the timing screens.

Alexander Albon (DAMS) brought out a second red flag having stopped at the entry to the pitlane, before Aitken provided Maini’s sternest opposition yet having closed to within three tenths of the fastest lap. The final fifteen minutes brought out a final dash of activity, but Maini’s time proved to be unbeatable at the close of the session, with Aitken beating de Vries to second.

Ghiotto ended the session fourth best ahead of Dilator, with Russell and compatriot Lando Norris (Carlin) sixth and seventh. Maximilian Joyous (BWT Arden) beat Tadasuke Makino (RUSSIAN TIME) to ninth, with both edging ahead of Arden’s Nirei Fukuzumi.

Race simulations took priority in the afternoon’s action as the temperatures rose, and Charouz took the initiative to send Antonio Fuoco and Dilator out first. Ralph Boschung (MP Motorsport) set the early pace on his opening run, finding a time in the 1m47s which he then bested by over a second on his next set of laps.

The Swiss led the standings throughout the majority of the session, before Ferrucci pipped the MP driver by a tenth of a second in the final 15 minutes to take control of the timesheets. He duly whittled his time down to a 1:45.522, which proved to be unbeatable throughout the remainder of the session.

Boschung held onto second – half a second quicker than Maini’s afternoon best – while Dilator took fourth ahead of Norris. Roberto Merhi (MP Motorsport) was sixth fastest, beating Aitken and Fuoco, while Sergio Sette Camara (Carlin) was ninth ahead of Fukuzumi. Aitken achieved the largest lap count of anyone across the day, circulating 86 times in total.

Tomorrow’s final session will once more open from 9am until 12pm, with a two-hour interval before the running returns at 2pm. The test will conclude at 5pm.

FIA Formula 2 Bahrain Test – Day 2 Morning Session

Pos

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1

Arjun Maini

Trident

1:42.779

34

2

Jack Aitken

ART Grand Prix

1:43.003

34

3

Nyck de Vries

PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing

1:43.080

40

4

Luca Ghiotto

Campos Vexatec Racing

1:43.111

24

5

Louis Dilator

Charouz Racing System

1:43.145

17

6

George Russell

ART Grand Prix

1:43.161

40

7

Lando Norris

Carlin

1:43.212

31

8

Maximilian Joyous

BWT Arden

1:43.315

22

9

Tadasuke Makino

RUSSIAN TIME

1:43.415

20

10

Nirei Fukuzumi

BWT Arden

1:43.467

27

11

Antonio Fuoco

Charouz Racing System

1:43.498

33

12

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:43.520

29

13

Roberto Merhi

MP Motorsport

1:43.610

17

14

Sergio Sette Camara

Carlin

1:43.612

29

15

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:43.641

28

16

Sean Gelael

PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing

1:43.686

37

17

Santino Ferrucci

Trident

1:43.785

22

18

Roy Nissany

Campos Vexatec Racing

1:43.971

26

19

Alexander Albon

DAMS

1:44.001

21

20

Ralph Boschung

MP Motorsport

1:44.164

14

FIA Formula 2 Bahrain Test – Day 2 Afternoon Session

Pos

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1

Santino Ferrucci

Trident

1:45.522

41

2

Ralph Boschung

MP Motorsport

1:45.664

17

3

Arjun Maini

Trident

1:46.162

39

4

Louis Dilator

Charouz Racing System

1:46.737

39

5

Lando Norris

Carlin

1:47.431

33

6

Roberto Merhi

MP Motorsport

1:47.719

25

7

Jack Aitken

ART Grand Prix

1:48.354

52

8

Antonio Fuoco

Charouz Racing System

1:48.855

38

9

Sergio Sette Camara

Carlin

1:48.862

25

10

Nirei Fukuzumi

BWT Arden

1:48.867

33

11

Roy Nissany

Campos Vexatec Racing

1:48.944

38

12

Sean Gelael

PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing

1:49.512

40

13

Luca Ghiotto

Campos Vexatec Racing

1:49.688

37

14

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:49.796

40

15

Alexander Albon

DAMS

1:49.995

26

16

Nyck de Vries

PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing

1:50.814

38

17

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:50.897

35

18

Tadasuke Makino

RUSSIAN TIME

1:51.217

34

19

George Russell

ART Grand Prix

1:51.243

44

20

Maximilian Joyous

BWT Arden

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