Alpine Formula 1 junior Christian Lundgaard set the fastest time in Formula 2 pre-season testing as he topped Tuesday's morning session in Bahrain.

Lundgaard was the only man to dip under the 1m42s at the Bahrain International Circuit as he set 1m41.697s - only 0.2s shy of Callum Ilott's pole position time from last year's race.

The ART Grand Prix driver completed 29 laps in the morning session and a further 45 laps in the afternoon where he focused on race simulations.

Lundgaard will be eyeing a strong start to the 2021 season after a promising rookie campaign.

The morning session was where the majority of the fastest lap times were set.

Bent Viscaal and Marcus Armstrong were 0.3s shy of Lundgaard's benchmark, while Dan Ticktum headed the afternoon timesheets with a 1m42.185s, fourth overall in the day's classification.

Ticktum completed 66 laps across the two sessions on day two in Bahrain as he continues to adapt to life at Carlin having made the move from DAMS.

Liam Lawson, Robert Shwartzman and Juri Vips were all within a tenth of each other in the morning session, all setting lap times in the 1m42.2s.

17-year-old F2 rookie Theo Pourchaire completed 42 laps in the second ART Grand Prix car to finish seventh in the morning session. In the afternoon, he completed 47 laps as attentions turned to race trim.

Roy Nissany classified eighth in the morning session ahead of Oscar Piastri and Marino Sato.

Yesterday's pace-setter David Beckmann could only manage 14th in the morning session; ninth in the afternoon.

With most drivers focusing on race simulations in the afternoon, few drivers bettered their personal best efforts from the morning, Ticktum being the notable exception.

The final day of testing in Bahrain continues tomorrow.

 

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