Dele­traz leads F2 run­ning

Autosport (UK) - - PIT + PADDOCK - MAR­CUS SIM­MONS

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.

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