F2: Shwartzman fastest in Monaco practice

PREMA Racing’s Robert Shwartzman pulled off a storming lap in the final two minutes of a disrupted Free Practice in Monte Carlo, setting 1:22.041 to finish more than half a second ahead of Carlin’s Dan Ticktum and Hitech Grand Prix’s Jüri Vips.

There were three stoppages in the opening 20 minutes of the session, the first coming with only six lap times on the board, after Marino Sato came to a halt on track and brought out a Red Flag.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 20: Dan Ticktum of Great Britain and Carlin (5) drives during practice ahead of Round 2:Monte Carlo of the Formula 2 Championship at Circuit de Monaco on May 20, 2021 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

A second was required after Gianluca Petecof’s Campos went up in smoke, but not before a full set of fast laps from the grid, with Felipe Drugovich the quickest of the lot, running at 1m 24s.

Liam Lawson was the first to try out the Super Soft tires when action resumed, but the Hitech Grand Prix racer wasn’t able to set a fresh time due to a third stoppage. This time only a Virtual Safety Car was required, after Bent Viscaal clipped the wall.

The field finally got some uninterrupted running in with 17 minutes to go, Vips breaking the 1m 24s barrier to leap to first. The Estonian improved again on his next run, strengthening his place at the top of the table with a tour of 1:22.628.

The times started to tumble in the final two minutes of the session, with Shwarztman thumping around the streets of Monaco on softs to steal first, beating Vips’ time by nearly six tenths. Ticktum jumped the Hitech as well, but was still half a second off the Russian.

Vips did hold onto P3, beating out Drugovich by 0.035s. Ralph Boschung – who had briefly held P2 in the final five minutes – finished sixth behind the second PREMA of Oscar Piastri.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 20: Juri Vips of Estonia and Hitech Grand Prix (8) drives during practice ahead of Round 2:Monte Carlo of the Formula 2 Championship at Circuit de Monaco on May 20, 2021 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

Taking seventh and eighth, Liam Lawson and Marcus Armstrong were more than a second off the leading lap, while Guanyu Zhou and Roy Nissany completed the top 10.

F2 Practice Results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Robert Shwartzman Prema Powerteam 1’22.041 0.000s
2 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1’22.564 0.523
3 Jüri Vips HitechGP 1’22.628 0.587
4 Felipe Drugovich UNI-Virtuosi 1’22.663 0.622
5 Oscar Piastri Prema Powerteam 1’22.980 0.939
6 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1’23.019 0.978
7 Liam Lawson HitechGP 1’23.253 1.212
8 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1’23.364 1.323
9 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 1’23.444 1.403
10 Roy Nissany DAMS 1’23.523 1.482
11 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1’23.555 1.514
12 Lirim Zendeli MP Motorsport 1’23.585 1.544
13 Jack Aitken HWA Racelab 1’23.599 1.558
14 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1’23.679 1.638
15 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1’23.829 1.788
16 David Beckmann Charouz Racing System 1’24.014 1.973
17 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1’24.748 2.707
18 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1’25.418 3.377
19 Gianluca Petecof Campos Racing 1’25.993 3.952
20 Bent Viscaal Trident 1’28.896 6.855
21 Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 1’29.355 7.314
22 Marino Sato Trident