Friday, August 3, 2018

In-Season Test #2 - Day #1 - RE-CAP & TIMES


Test Location: Hungaroring - Mogyorod, Hungary

    Day 1 of testing at the Hungaroring proved to be tricky with rain coming and going. However, it didn't seem to phase Antonio Giovinazzi, who took the Ferrari to the top spot with a fastest time of 1:15.648.

    Giovinazzi wasn't the only one out on track who does not currently have a full-time seat in the sport. Rowland, Norris, Russell, Latifi and Gelael all took part in the first day of testing as well.

    Toro Rosso ran two cars, with Brendon Hartley running the main car. Sean Gelael ran the other car in order to gather information for Pirelli's tyre test. Gelael, however had a heavy crash near Turn 11, causing red flags. Gelael wasn't injured, but that ending his running for the day. He racked up a total of 109 laps.

    Hartley ended the session in third with a 1:19.251 and a total of 126 laps. In total, Toro Rosso had a combined 135 laps at the end of the day.

    Lando Norris, in the McLaren was 4th fastest, just behind Hartley and Ericsson, who finished second for Sauber. Norris, who is poised to join McLaren next year, either partnering Alonso or Vandoorne, set a fastest time of 1:19.294 and did a total of 107 laps.

    Oliver Rowland, who finished 3rd in the 2017 FIA Formula 2 championship, drove for Williams for the day, gathering 65 laps and setting the 9th quickest time on the board with a 1:20.970. He finished ahead of Sean Gelael.

    George Russell, who is currently competing in Formula 2 and leading the championship, ran for Mercedes and was 5th fastest, just behind Norris, who is second in the Formula 2 championship standings. Russell completed 49 laps and set a fastest time of 1:19.781.

    Despite entering administration, Force India was still able to participate in testing and chose to run Nicholas Latifi, a current Canadian Formula 2 driver for DAMS. Latifi is also one of Force India's test drivers, alongside Nikita Mazepin, who drives in GP3 for ART Grand Prix. Latifi placed the seventh quickest time, a 1:19.994. He also completed 103 laps.


1. Antonio Giovinazzi - 1:15.648 / Ferrari-Ferrari / Italy / 96 Laps
2. Marcus Ericsson - 1:18.155 / Sauber-Ferrari / Sweden / 95 Laps
3. Brendon Hartley - 1:19.251 / Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda / New Zealand / 126 Laps
4. Lando Norris - 1:19.294 / McLaren-Renault / Great Britain / 107 Laps
5. George Russell - 1:19.781 / Mercedes-Mercedes / Great Britain / 49 Laps
6. Daniel Ricciardo - 1:19.854 / Red Bull Racing-TAG-Heuer / Australia / 125 Laps
7. Nicholas Latifi - 1:19.994 / Force India-Mercedes / Canada / 103 Laps
8. Nico Hulkenberg - 1:20.826 / Renault-Renault / Germany / 63 Laps
9. Oliver Rowland - 1:20.970 / Williams-Mercedes / Great Britain / 65 Laps
10. Sean Gelael - 1:21.451 / Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda / Indonesia / 109 Laps*

* - Notes Gelael was testing for Pirelli's 2019 programme

NOTE: Haas has chosen not to participate in this test

Article Written By: Amy Hawk
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