ART Grand Prix’s Christian Lundgaard went one better than the opening day of pre-season Formula 2 testing to go quickest on Tuesday, the second of the three-day test at the Sakhir Circuit in Bahrain.
The Alpine Formula 1 junior posted a best time of 1:41.697 in the morning session to head the timing charts ahead of Trident rookie Bent Viscaal by more than three-tenths.
DAMS’ Marcus Armstrong was third, just shy of Viscaal’s best effort with a 1:42.038.
The morning session saw a brief red flag stoppage caused by Alessio Deledda after he was forced to pull over at the final corner with mechanical issues.
The afternoon session was interrupted three times by red flags, firstly for Gianluca Petecof, who stopped at Turn 13. That was followed by Hitech’s Liam Lawson and Uni-Virtuosi’s Guanyu Zho. They would go on to finish fourth and 15th quickest overall.
The afternoon saw slower times overall as drivers and teams focussed instead on longer race runs, as opposed to the mornings qualifying flyers.
Dan Ticktum headed the later running after lunch for Carlin, posting a best effort of 1:42.185, followed by team-mate Jehan Daruvala.
Testing resumes on Wednesday for the third and final day of running, before the Bahrain race weekend on March 26-28.