Despite having all his lap times ruled out due to his car being deemed illegal as it was found to be underweight in the morning, India’s Arjun Maini still managed to fix his issues and comeback strong to end the second day of post-season Abu Dhabi testing on the top spot in Formula 2.
Arjun Maini spent this season in racing in GP3 and was doing the driving duties for Trident team in Formula 2 last Thursday. He then switched to championship winning squad Russian Time on Friday and he settled there pretty well going by the lap timings.
Whilst his laps were deleted for driving an underweight car in the morning session, he was undeterred and went to claim a time of 1: 48.645s in the afternoon which put him on top of the timing sheets. MP Motorsport’s Louis Deletraz was fastest in the morning and fell only 0.058s behind in the afternoon to finish second.
The pecking order was so close that only fractions separated each driver as Deletraz narrowly outpaced DAMS driver Alex Albon and Nyck de Vries of Prema.Top of FormBottom of Form Lando Norris will be competing in Formula 2 with Carlin next year but he has tested with Campos Racing this week and finished fifth just ahead of Santino Ferrucci of Trident.
The GP3 second-place finisher this year Jack Aitken ended up seventh for ART team and he was followed by the second DAMS driver Nicholas Latifi. Following him were Tadasuke Makino of the other Russian Time car and Oliver Rowland who tested with Racing Engineering.
The second driver of ART and the GP3 champion George Russell completed the day in eleventh position. Formula V8 3.5 champion Pietro Fittipaldi and GP3’s Julien Falchero were the two important recruits to the line-up and they wrapped up 18th and 19th for Trident and Arden respectively.