Silverstone F2: Ghiotto leads Latifi in practice
Virtuosi Racing driver Luca Ghiotto topped practice for the Silverstone Formula 2 round, narrowly edging two Formula 1 juniors, Nicholas Latifi and Guan Yu Zhou.
The drivers had to deal with uncertainty from the off, with a shower during the Formula 1 free practice session washing away the rubber from the newly-resurfaced track, although the track was almost dry by the time the F2 cars took the circuit.
Drama ensued almost immediately when Sean Gelael collided with Louis Deletraz at the end of the Wellington Straight. Deletraz seemingly didn’t see the fast approaching Gelael, and the contact ended the latter driver’s session.
A number of drivers took turns at the top early on, but McLaren test and development driver Sergio Sette Camara was the first to set a proper benchmark with half an hour left.
Ghiotto’s barnstorming lap came just before most drivers pitted, and he went 0.4s quicker than anyone with a 1m39.166s – a time that would have been good enough for pole last year.
Ghiotto's rivals re-emerged from the pits with around 15 minutes to go, but DAMS driver Latifi could only get within 0.115s with his flying effort, while Ghiotto’s teammate Zhou, who was one of the only drivers to improve late, worked his way first to 0.3s off Ghiotto and finally 0.161s.
British-South Korean driver Jack Aitken set the fourth fastest time for Campos Racing, ahead of DAMS driver Sette Camara, who didn’t improve late on.
Points leader Nyck de Vries (ART) appeared a step behind the frontrunners as the Dutchman ended up over half a second off Ghiotto’s best, ahead of Arjun Maini in his second outing for Campos and Carlin driver Deletraz.
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