Latifi claims day two honors in Bahrain

Nicholas Latifi sponsored by Lavazza Coffee
Nicholas Latifi sponsored by Lavazza Coffee

Nicholas Latifi has topped day two by setting the pace in this morning’s test session at the Bahrain International Circuit, stopping the clock at 1:40.541 in the second half of the session to top the timesheets ahead of RUSSIAN TIME teammates Luca Ghiotto and Artem Markelov, while the afternoon was given over to race simulations, with Nyck De Vries topping the timesheets on 1:41.212 ahead of Gustav Malja and Charles Leclerc.

The day opened to gloriously sunny conditions, with the drivers heading out on their medium Pirelli compounds as soon as the lights went green. Johnny Cecotto set the early pace, stopping the clock at 1:41.371, four tenths faster than teammate Nyck de Vries. After a brief red flag Markelov hit his pace, but Ghiotto was the first man to break the 1:41 barrier, followed soon after by Leclerc and Norman Nato.

Just after the halfway mark Latifi grabbed P1 with his blistering lap on soft tires, a tenth quicker than Ghiotto, and his rivals were unable to challenge. In the final hour a number of drivers tried different set ups to grab the top spot, but to no avail: Latifi owned the morning session when the checkered flag was shown

Following a two hour break, the action resumed with the field mainly focusing on race simulations and pitstop practices. Sergio Sette Camara set the pace until Cecotto improved on the Brazilian’s laptime to go P1. With one hour left in the day, Camara reclaimed the top spot dipping under 1m42, before Malja also found some extra pace to move up to P2. Fifteen minutes later, de Vries blew past them all with a time good enough to be the afternoon’s fastest man.

After the checkered flag, Camara’s car was found underweight. Therefore, the MP Motorsport driver had all times deleted from the results, promoting Leclerc to the top 3 finish.

Day 3 will start tomorrow at 9.00 local time.

Day 2 Morning results

Pos

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:40.541

23

2.

Luca Ghiotto

RUSSIAN TIME

1:40.678

25

3.

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:40.702

31

4.

Jordan King

MP Motorsport

1:40.884

26

5.

Charles Leclerc

PREMA Racing

1:40.885

33

6.

Norman Nato

Pertamina Arden

1:40.909

38

7.

Alexander Albon

ART Grand Prix

1:40.927

20

8.

Nobuharu Matsushita

ART Grand Prix

1:41.057

20

9.

Oliver Rowland

DAMS

1:41.156

18

10.

Sergio Sette Camara

MP Motorsport

1:41.351

28

11.

Johnny Cecotto

Rapax

1:41.371

16

12.

Antonio Fuoco

PREMA Racing

1:41.398

41

13.

Louis Deletraz

Racing Engineering

1:41.463

19

14.

Nyck de Vries

Rapax

1:41.568

24

15.

Ralph Boschung

Campos Racing

1:41.984

34

16.

Sergio Canamasas

Trident

1:42.042

18

17.

Sean Gelael

Pertamina Arden

1:42.249

26

18.

Gustav Malja

Racing Engineering

1:42.347

16

19.

Raoul Hyman

Campos Racing

1:42.598

41

20.

Nabil Jeffri

Trident

1:42.973

20


Day 2 Afternoon results

Pos

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Nyck de Vries

Rapax

1:41.212

23

2.

Gustav Malja

Racing Engineering

1:41.546

24

3.

Charles Leclerc

PREMA Racing

1:41.689

39

4.

Johnny Cecotto

Rapax

1:41.833

18

5.

Antonio Fuoco

PREMA Racing

1:41.957

41

6.

Sergio Canamasas

Trident

1:42.197

40

7.

Ralph Boschung

Campos Racing

1:43.171

36

8.

Nabil Jeffri

Trident

1:44.258

33

9.

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:44.354

43

10.

Louis Deletraz

Racing Engineering

1:44.415

37

11.

Oliver Rowland

DAMS

1:44.437

46

12.

Raoul Hyman

Campos Racing

1:45.008

31

13.

Jordan King

MP Motorsport

1:45.191

31

14.

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:45.705

32

15.

Nobuharu Matsushita

ART Grand Prix

1:46.607

38

16.

Sean Gelael

Pertamina Arden

1:47.020

42

17.

Alexander Albon

ART Grand Prix

1:47.050

36

18.

Luca Ghiotto

RUSSIAN TIME

1:47.325

6

19.

Norman Nato

Pertamina Arden

1:47.379

33

*Car #14 (Sergio Sette Camara) found underweight – all times deleted

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