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Günther ends final morning of Bahrain test on top

German driver sets quickest time in opening hour of session – Maximilian Günther completed the final morning of the FIA Formula 2 Championship pre-season test at Sakhir, Bahrain on top of the standings with a 1:42.756, the BWT Arden driver going quickest early on to head Charouz Racing System’s Louis Delétraz and ART Grand Prix’s George Russell.

Roy Nissany of Campos Vexatec Racing jumped the rest of the field onto the track, beating DAMS’ Alexander Albon and Nirei Fukuzumi (Arden) out of the pitlane. Günther led the opening stages, making up for a lack of running from the previous day’s afternoon session to take the early advantage.

Although Trident’s Arjun Maini – holder of yesterday’s fastest lap – briefly leapfrogged the German driver, Günther quickly reclaimed the top berth on the timing screens with the only lap in the 1m42s, ending the first hour on top, accosted soon after by Delétraz and RUSSIAN TIME’s Tadasuke Makino.

Jack Aitken (ART Grand Prix) brought out the red flag shortly after the second hour, coming to a halt at turn 8, leaving 45 minutes of the session to run after the track went live once more. Multiple teams took the opportunity to practice tyre changes, with the pitlane becoming a hive of activity after the green flag.

As attention turned to race preparation, Günther’s time remained unchallenged throughout the rest of the session, staying three tenths of a second ahead of Delétraz, as Russell completed the top three ahead of teammate Aitken. Carlin’s Sergio Sette Camara moved ahead of Makino for fifth, as Maini and Luca Ghiotto (Campos) grabbed seventh and eighth. Albon and Charouz’s Antonio Fuoco completed the top half of the field.

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1 Maximilian Günther BWT Arden 1:42.756 28
2 Louis Delétraz Charouz Racing System 1:43.058 39
3 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:43.109 24
4 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:43.143 24
5 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1:43.149 28
6 Tadasuke Makino RUSSIAN TIME 1:43.209 21
7 Arjun Maini Trident 1:43.254 28
8 Luca Ghiotto Campos Vexatec Racing 1:43.266 22
9 Alexander Albon DAMS 1:43.388 29
10 Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 1:43.474 21
11 Lando Norris Carlin 1:43.490 28
12 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:43.682 23
13 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:43.715 30
14 Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1:43.828 17
15 Nyck de Vries PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 1:43.876 22
16 Santino Ferrucci Trident 1:43.890 22
17 Roy Nissany Campos Vexatec Racing 1:43.975 22
18 Sean Gelael PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing 1:44.051 20
19 Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1:44.625 28
20 Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 1:44.778 12

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