Deletraz leads F2 running
Straight after his maiden Formula 1 test with Haas, Louis Deletraz stayed on at Yas Marina, hopped into Carlin’s ex-lando Norris weapon, and topped the three-day Formula 2 post-season running.
The Swiss, who has raced with Charouz Racing System during his second F2 campaign, headed two of the three days with Carlin, setting the overall fastest of the test in the final session. The team still ostensibly has one seat available for 2019 alongside Honda protege Nobuharu Matsushita, who is returning to Europe.
“The test was great and I’m very happy with what we achieved – especially setting the fastest time across all three days,” said Deletraz (above). “It was enjoyable to run with Carlin and to get to know each other a little better. We tried lots of different things during the test and I think we worked well together and did a good job.”
Second quickest was Luca Ghiotto, returning to the Virtuosi-run Russian Time team, which was running for the last time under that name as it has been sold to new owners for 2019.
Ghiotto topped one session, as did DAMS driver Nicholas Latifi, GP3 champion Anthoine Hubert (MP Motorsport) and somewhat surprising GP3 midfielder Juan Manuel Correa (Charouz).
The GP3 Series machinery also got one last airing at the Abu Dhabi venue when the F2 cars weren’t on track, as drivers and teams prepared for the FIA F3 Championship that replaces the category.
After a spell racing in F2, Niko Kari returned to GP3 to lead the way with Trident, the Finn heading two of the first four sessions but not running on the final day. The other four periods were all topped by Jehan Daruvala, who ran on the first day with MP Motorsport before switching to Campos Racing. The Indian is tipped to compete for Prema Racing in 2019.