Théo Pourchaire leads the way on FIA Formula 2 Day 1 of pre-season testing in Sakhir

Thťo Pourchaire leads the way on FIA Formula 2 Day 1 of pre-season testing in Sakhir

14.02.2023: Thťo Pourchaire started his 2023 FIA Formula 2 season in style. Getting right back into the swing of things, the ART Grand Prix driver clocked in the fastest times of both the morning and afternoon running in pre-season testing. The Frenchman quick

Théo Pourchaire started his 2023 FIA Formula 2 season in style. Getting right back into the swing of things, the ART Grand Prix driver clocked in the fastest times of both the morning and afternoon running in pre-season testing.



The Frenchman quickly fell back into a rhythm, going quickest in the morning ahead of MP Motorsport’s Jehan Daruvala. Pourchaire also left it late to claim the top spot in the afternoon, lapping at 1:42.165 in the final 10 minutes of running.




MORNING



Quick out of the box for their installation laps in the midday heat, Jehan Daruvala got the Formula 2 action back underway around the Bahrain International Circuit.



Ralph Boschung became the first driver to put the first representative time on the board within the opening hour. His 1:45.652 put him over seven-tenths clear of new Campos Racing teammate and rookie Kush Maini.



It wasn’t until the final hour and a half of running that personal best times swiftly began to drop across the board. Daruvala set a 1:45.574 to put the #2 MP car on top before the only Red Flag of the of the morning came out for Rodin Carlin’s Zane Maloney.


Pourchaire emerged out front in the final 30 minutes of running with a 1:45.226, putting him 0.348s clear of Daruvala. The pair remained in that order all the way to the chequered flag. Meanwhile, Oliver Bearman kept himself busy, logging in 37 laps behind the wheel of the PREMA Racing car.




AFTERNOON




In contrast to their earlier running, Van Amersfoort Racing’s Richard Verschoor wasted no time posting a representative time on the board, going fastest with a 1:46.083 inside the opening five minutes, ahead of Virtuosi Racing’s Jack Doohan.



As the sun set on the Sakhir circuit, times continued to tumble. Enzo Fittipaldi and Zane Maloney momentarily led a Rodin Carlin 1-2, before Trident’s Clément Novalak and Verschoor shuffled the Bajan driver down the timing sheets.



Dennis Hauger took control just over midway through the session, becoming the first driver to break into the 1:44s. He was briefly leapfrogged by his teammate Daruvala before regaining the top spot with a time of 1:44.249.
After one Red Flag stoppage in the final hour for Frederik Vesti, six drivers traded the fastest lap honours.


However, it was morning pace-setter Pourchaire who headed the field, going over a tenth clear of Verschoor.



Late personal bests also saw Arthur Leclerc and Ayumu Iwasa secure spots in the top five, while Ralph Boschung found the pace to split the DAMS pair in fourth.



The second day of pre-season testing will begin at 11:45 local time on Wednesday.



 

- Alexa Quintin, Formula Motorsport ltd

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