F2: Piastri ahead of Doohan in opening session at Yas Marina

Oscar Piastri got his weekend off to the ideal start in Yas Marina, finishing fastest in the opening session of the final round. The Championship leader’s tour of 1:36.800 was enough to beat MP Motorsport’s Jack Doohan to P1, with ART Grand Prix’s Christian Lundgaard in third.

For the second round in a row, MP rookies Clément Novalak and Doohan were the first to complete a tour of the track, with the Frenchman setting the benchmark at 1:59.442.

Doohan topped the times at the end of the first run of flyers, as the field got a taste of the revamped Yas Marina Circuit. After momentarily falling to fourth, the Formula 3 vice-champion leapt back up to P1 at the end of the next round of laps, taking the quickest time down to 1:37.702, ahead of Marcus Armstrong and Ralph Boschung.

Jack Doohan during practice ahead of Round 8:Yas Island of the Formula 2 Championship at Yas Marina Circuit on December 10, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Lundgaard beat Piastri to P1 at the midway point by becoming the first driver to break the 1m 37s in Abu Dhabi, but the PREMA driver did manage to wrestle the position from the Dane on his next lap, going 0.005s quicker.

Improving track conditions were masking heavy tire wear and allowed Doohan to improve and return to the top spot with a 1:36.821, but the Red Bull junior wasn’t there for long as Piastri jumped back to P1, going 0.21s faster.

No one could unsettle the Alpine junior in the remaining 10 minutes, and he finished ahead of Doohan and Lundgaard. Boschung retained a spot amongst the front-runners in fourth, ahead of Novalak, who made it two rookies in the top five.

Christian Lundgaard of Denmark and ART Grand Prix (9) drives during practice ahead of Round 8:Yas Island of the Formula 2 Championship at Yas Marina Circuit on December 10, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

Jüri Vips beat Armstrong to sixth, with Bent Viscaal, Robert Shwartzman and Marino Sato completing the top 10.

Practice Results

Pos Driver Team Time Behind
1 Oscar Piastri Prema Powerteam 1m36.800s 0.000s
2 Jack Doohan MP Motorsport 1m36.821s 0.021s
3 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1m36.835s 0.035s
4 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m37.299s 0.499s
5 Clement Novalak MP Motorsport 1m37.315s 0.515s
6 Jüri Vips HitechGP 1m37.339s 0.539s
7 Marcus Armstrong DAMS 1m37.416s 0.616s
8 Bent Viscaal Trident 1m37.615s 0.815s
9 Robert Shwartzman Prema Powerteam 1m37.633s 0.833s
10 Marino Sato Trident 1m37.701s 0.901s
11 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 1m37.738s 0.938s
12 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1m37.817s 1.017s
13 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1m37.910s 1.110s
14 Liam Lawson HitechGP 1m37.915s 1.115s
15 Felipe Drugovich UNI-Virtuosi 1m37.997s 1.197s
16 Guilherme Samaia Charouz Racing System 1m38.101s 1.301s
17 Roy Nissany DAMS 1m38.202s 1.402s
18 Jehan Daruvala Carlin 1m38.207s 1.407s
19 Richard Verschoor Charouz Racing System 1m38.387s 1.587s
20 Olli Caldwell Campos Racing 1m38.538s 1.738s
21 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab 1m39.155s 2.355s
22 Alessio Deledda HWA Racelab 1m40.859s 4.059s


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