In a session characterised by continuously improving lap times, Prema’s Nyck de Vries secured P1 just before the end.
The first session of the weekend started under sunny conditions. Within first 5 min, the Virtual Safety Car had been tested as Formula 2 changed their VSC procedure this season.
Nyck de Vries hit Lando Norris in the early stages just before entering the pit lane. As a consequence, the Dutchman had to change his front wing while Norris could stay on track without a visible damage.
After 20 minutes, Luca Ghiotto led the standings with a 1:22.929, being more than six tenths ahead of second-placed Norris. However, even then, times improved rapidly due to warmer track conditions and more rubber on track which changed the order constantly.
Just a minute later, Jack Aitken missed turn 1 while Antonio Fuoco touched the wall at the exit of Swimming Pool bringing out a yellow flag.
While most of the field stayed in the pits, Artem Markelov beat Ghiottos time by a tenth of a second. On their last flying laps, most drivers improved their personal best lap times once again.
At the end of the day, Nyck de Vries set the fastest time of the session with a breath-taking gap of six tenths to his closest rivals Nicholas Latifi and Lando Norris. George Russell was the only driver who failed to set a representative lap time. After some installation laps, his team worked on the car but couldn’t fix the issue before the session came to an end.
|1||Nyck de Vries||Prema||1:21.670||23|
|5||Sergio Sette Camara||Carlin||1:22.553||+0.883||26|
|7||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||1:22.656||+0.986||27|
|11||Ralph Boschung||MP Motorsport||1:22.814||+1.144||22|
|13||Tadasuke Makino||Russian Time||1:23.072||+1.402||22|
|17||Roberto Merhi||MP Motorsport||1:23.943||+2.273||20|