F2: Sette Camara sets the pace in Free Practice

Sergio Sette Camara fastest in session1, eyes IndyCar for 2020
Sergio Sette Camara fastest in session1, eyes IndyCar for 2020

Sergio Sette Camara led an all DAMS top two in Free Practice, topping the first session of the season finale ahead of teammate Nicholas Latifi. The French side are looking to wrap up the Teams’ Championship this weekend, ahead of second place UNI-Virtuosi, and it was the British team’s driver, Guanyu Zhou, in third place.

Latifi was the first man to hit the track, fresh from the announcement that he will race in Formula 1 next season with Williams. Mahaveer Raghunathan was the first to set a time though, as the rest of the grid acclimatised to the circuit.

Latifi’s first fast lap didn’t quite go to plan, as the DAMS’ driver wobbled slightly and spoiled his time. This allowed Nyck De Vries to fire around in 1:52.771 and take control of the table. The Canadian’s second tour was much more successful, as he usurped De Vries with a lap 0.6s faster.

Callum Ilott briefly took charge, but a DAMS machine was soon back on top with Sette Camara firing around faster and breaking the 1m 52s barrier, with Latifi leaping to second, only slightly slower. Mick Schumacher was able to climb to seventh, despite an almighty wobble at Turn 21. Zhou pushed Ilott further down the order and nipped into third.

The session was brought to an early end as Matevos Isaakyan lost control around Turn 19 and slammed into the wall. The Sauber Junior Team by Charouz driver safely clambered out of his car, but with eight minutes remaining, there wasn’t enough time to recover the car and restart proceedings.

That saw Sette Camara and Latifi finish first and second ahead of Zhou, as DAMS got off to the perfect start to the weekend. Ilott and Deletraz completed the top five, ahead of Luca Ghiotto, Nobuharu Matsushita, Nikita Mazepin, Schumacher and De Vries.

DAMS will look to continue their early form when the cars return for Qualifying this evening at 7pm (local time).

Abu Dhabi Free Practice 1

Pos DRIVER TEAM TIME LAPS
1 Sergio Sette Camara DAMS 1:51.941 11
2 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:52.112 11
3 Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi Racing 1:52.113 11
4 Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 1:52.140 11
5 Louis Deletraz Carlin 1:52.156 11
6 Luca Ghiotto UNI-Virtuosi Racing 1:52.200 12
7 Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin 1:52.303 10
8 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1:52.361 10
9 Mick Schumacher PREMA Racing 1:52.378 8
10 Nyck De Vries ART Grand Prix 1:52.653 12
11 Jack Aitken Campos Racing 1:52.657 10
12 Jordan King MP Motorsport 1:52.807 9
13 Artem Markelov BWT Arden 1:53.051 12
14 Sean Gelael PREMA Racing 1:53.410 8
15 Marino Sato Campos Racing 1:54.136 13
16 Matevos Isaakyan Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 1:54.296 9
17 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:54.501 12
18 Christian Lundgaard Trident 1:54.865 12
19 Tatiana Calderon BWT Arden 1:54.901 11
20 Mahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport 1:55.210 12

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