Nyck De Vries dominant in F2 Spa practice

Nyck De Vries dominant in F2 Spa practice

30.08.2019: Dutchman tops Free Practice for second round in a row, ahead of Latifi and Delétraz Nyck De Vries topped title rival Nicholas Latifi on their return from the summer break, in Free Practice at Spa-Francorchamps. The ART Grand Prix man laid

Dutchman tops Free Practice for second round in a row, ahead of Latifi and Delétraz

Nyck De Vries topped title rival Nicholas Latifi on their return from the summer break, in Free Practice at Spa-Francorchamps. The ART Grand Prix man laid down a marker for Round 9 as he looks to further cement his place at the top of the driver’s standings, with Latifi in 2nd and Louis Delétraz 3rd.

Nobuharu Matsushita led the cars out onto the track, with nearly a full cohort heading onto the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps at the start of the session, in 21 degree heat. When the times started to tumble, Nicholas Latifi went top, with 1:59.892. His excellent early pace was all the more impressive given his exploits in F1 FP1, not half an hour beforehand.

The DAMS driver – along with his teammate Sérgio Sette Câmara - is sporting a very special tribute this weekend, in remembrance of team owner Jean Paul Driot, who sadly passed away during the last round, in Budapest.

The Canadian’s lead wouldn’t make the halfway mark, as De Vries set about topping his second Free Practice in as many rounds. The Championship leader set two green sectors on his way to a time of 1:59.509, more than 0.3s clear of Latifi in P2.

This was followed by spins from Giuliano Alesi and Mick Schumacher, which forced the latter out of the session early and left him in P7, with more than 10 minutes to go. This brought out a brief Virtual Safety Car.

The order remained unchanged when the VSC period ended, with De Vries leading Latifi, who was ahead of Delétraz, Sette Câmara and Jack Aitken. Meanwhile, F2 debutant Marino Sato was lying 19th as he focused on getting laps under his belt and becoming accustomed to his new wheels.

The session was ended early when Ralph Boschung’s Trident came to a halt on track and brought out a red flag, with five minutes to go. Free Practice ended under the red flag and handed De Vries the early bragging rights, after a strong opening session. Latifi remained in second ahead of Delétraz, Sette Câmara and Aitken, with Luca Ghiotto, Schumacher, Boschung, Alesi and Matsushita completing the top ten.

The Championship’s top two will go full throttle in Qualifying this afternoon at local time, as they search for that extra edge going into the final part of the campaign.

FIA Formula 2 Round 9 – Free Practice provisional classification

1    Nyck De Vries    ART Grand Prix    1:59.509    12
2    Nicholas Latifi    DAMS    1:59.892    11
3    Louis Deletraz    Carlin    2:00.008    12
4    Sergio Sette Camara    DAMS    2:00.258    12
5    Jack Aitken    Campos Racing    2:00.460    9
6    Luca Ghiotto    UNI-Virtuosi Racing    2:00.607    11
7    Mick Schumacher    PREMA Racing    2:00.932    9
8    Ralph Boschung    Trident    2:00.980    11
9    Giuliano Alesi    Trident    2:00.987    13
10    Nobuharu Matsushita    Carlin    2:01.027    11
11    Anthoine Hubert    BWT Arden    2:01.301    13
12    Guanyu Zhou    UNI-Virtuosi Racing    2:01.301    11
13    Sean Gelael    PREMA Racing    2:01.423    13
14    Callum Ilott    Sauber Junior Team by Charouz    2:01.562    14
15    Jordan King    MP Motorsport    2:01.645    12
16    Nikita Mazepin    ART Grand Prix    2:01.795    13
17    Juan Manuel Correa    Sauber Junior Team by Charouz    2:02.014    7
18    Tatiana Calderon    BWT Arden    2:02.819    15
19    Marino Sato    Campos Racing    2:02.962    12
20    Mahaveer Raghunathan    MP Motorsport    2:05.746    12


- Alexa QUintin, photo FIA F2  LAT


30.08.2019 / MaP

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