Carlin’s Sergio Sette Camara topped the timesheet in a tricky Formula 2 practice in Azerbaijan, while Luca Ghiotto was second.
With F2 practice being the first session on track this weekend, the Baku City Circuit was very dusty at the beginning of the session. While the track evolved during the 40 minutes, the entire session was littered with drivers making mistakes.
Sette Camara was one of few drivers not to use an escape road during practice and recorded a 1m57.136s benchmark to head the timesheet.
Prior to this lap, Sette Camara had exchanged top spot with Campos’ Luca Ghiotto and MP Motorsport’s Ralph Boschung had spent a brief time as fastest.
Ghiotto set personal best times in the first two sectors on his final lap of the session but lost time in the last sector. He closed in on Sette Camara’s time but was still 0.072 seconds adrift.
Boschung finished the session third, albeit 0.493s down on the fastest time. Alexander Albon, whose car stopped on the pit exit early in the session and required a reboot, ended practice in fourth.
Albon was only 0.018s ahead of George Russell in fifth. ART Grand Prix’s Russell stalled on the pit exit mid-session as he attempted a practice start. Championship leader Lando Norris was sixth after being the first driver to dip below the two-minute mark after the first 10 minutes of the session.
Seventh on the timesheet was Russian Time’s Tadasuke Makino. The rookie suffered two off-track excursions at Turn 1, after locking-up twice in the closing minutes of the session.
Makino’s team-mate and Bahrain sprint race winner Artem Markelov’s session was curtailed after just five minutes, as he stopped in the Turn 3 run-off. He had only completed an install lap and therefore finished bottom of the times.
Antonio Fuoco improved late-on to finish eighth. Arjun Maini and Nirei Fukuzumi rounded out the top 10. Sean Gelael was fastest for Prema Racing in 11th.
Roy Nissany suffered three off-track moments during the session, running deep at Turn 1 once and twice at Turn 2. He finished 12th.
Maximilian Gunther was 13th. His session ended early when he out-braked himself at Turn 15 and was pinned against the barriers. While sitting stationary, his right-front brake caught fire and required the attention of marshalls.
Nyck de Vries had to make use of the same run-off area as the chequered flag waved. It was his second off-track moment of the morning. He finished 17th.