Doohan and Vesti fastest on Day 2 of post-season testing at Yas Marina

Jack Doohan set the pace early on Day 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, ending the morning session on top with a 1:35.990. Frederik Vesti followed up in the afternoon, setting the fastest time with a 1:36.462.

The Virtuosi Racing driver finished with a time quicker than Ayumu Iwasa set in Qualifying on the final race weekend of the season. Jehan Daruvala and Iwasa ended up one-tenth back in second and third.

PREMA Racing’s Vesti took over the top spot during the afternoon segment with Iwasa in second and teammate Oliver Bearman completing the top three.


Most of the field were quick out of the box to get some laps on the board. Roy Nissany, Théo Pourchaire and Iwasa each led in the early stages before Enzo Fittipaldi broke the 1:36 barrier to lead a Carlin 1-2 ahead of Zane Maloney. 

It wasn’t long before MP Motorsport returned to the top of the timing sheets, having gone fastest in Day 1’s opening session. Bolting on a fresh set of soft tyres, Daruvala put in several flying laps to lower the benchmark, with the time to beat falling from 1:36.660 to a 1:36.160.

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After an hour of running, the session was halted after Victor Martins in the ART Grand Prix car crashed at Turn 16, bringing out the Red Flag for barrier repairs. 

Doohan became the first driver into the 1:35s behind the wheel of the Virtuosi car, improving on Daruvala’s time by 0.170s. The Alpine junior’s 1:35.990 remained top throughout the final hour, finishing ahead of Daruvala and Iwasa.

Ralph Boschung ended the morning fourth ahead of Fittipaldi in P5 and his 2023 Campos Racing teammate Kush Maini sixth. Nissany was seventh-fastest for Charouz Racing System. Dennis Hauger closed the session in ninth, splitting the two ART cars of Pourchaire and Martins.

PREMA Racing’s Frederik Vesti and Juan Manuel Correa, testing for Van Amersfoort Racing, maximised their available running time and completed the most laps with 53 each.


The focus was on long-run pace in a busy afternoon session, led by Vesti from early on. Gradual improvements from the Mercedes junior lowered his benchmark by six-tenths. His 1:38.283 put him 1.3s clear of Dennis Hauger and Iwasa.

Contact between Doohan and Maini at Turn 9 midway through caused the only stoppage of the session.

Into the final hour and Trident’s Clément Novalak moved up into second ahead of 2023 PREMA rookie Bearman. As the only driver in the 1:36s until the final 10 minutes, Vesti’s best effort remained clear of the field, improving further with a 1:36.462 late on.

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A series of late personal best times put both PREMAs inside the top three, with Bearman splitting DAMS duo Iwasa and Arthur Leclerc in third.

Maloney was six-tenths off the top spot in fifth, ahead of Novalak and the two Charouz Racing System cars of Nissany and Brad Benavides. Roman Stanek finished ninth, whilst Hauger rounded out the top 10. 11 drivers broke the 50–lap mark, with Pourchaire achieving the most mileage on 67 laps completed.

The third and final day of post-season testing will begin at 9AM local time. Van Amersfoort Racing will have an altered line-up, with Rafael Villagómez taking over the #25 car and partnering Juan Manuel Correa in the #24.


1 Jack Doohan Virtuosi Racing 1:35.990 44
2 Jehan Daruvala MP Motorsport 1:36.160 30
3 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1:36.165 41
4 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1:36.311 33
5 Enzo Fittipaldi Carlin 1:36.335 21
6 Kush Maini Campos Racing 1:36.349 49
7 Roy Nissany Charouz Racing System 1:36.352 30
8 Théo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1:36.368 36
9 Dennis Hauger MP Motorsport 1:36.427 31
10 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1:36.579 20
11 Frederik Vesti PREMA Racing 1:36.596 53
12 Clément Novalak Trident 1:36.642 30
13 Zane Maloney Carlin 1:36.691 33
14 Richard Verschoor Van Amersfoort Racing 1:36.764 45
15 Arthur Leclerc DAMS 1:36.849 42
16 Amaury Cordeel Virtuosi Racing 1:36.869 36
17 Isack Hadjar Hitech Grand Prix 1:37.083 41
18 Roman Stanek Trident 1:37.152 34
19 Brad Benavides Charouz Racing System 1:37.243 46
20 Juan Manuel Correa Van Amersfoort Racing 1:37.332 53
21 Jak Crawford Hitech Grand Prix 1:37.378 42
22 Oliver Bearman PREMA Racing 1:40.969 25


1 Frederik Vesti PREMA Racing 1:36.462 39
2 Ayumu Iwasa DAMS 1:36.517 48
3 Oliver Bearman PREMA Racing 1:36.715 47
4 Arthur Leclerc DAMS 1:36.829 39
5 Zane Maloney Carlin 1:37.095 58
6 Clément Novalak Trident 1:37.123 16
7 Roy Nissany Charouz Racing System 1:37.467 38
8 Brad Benavides Charouz Racing System 1:37931 52
9 Roman Stanek Trident 1:37.934 55
10 Dennis Hauger MP Motorsport 1:38.667 48
11 Enzo Fittipaldi Carlin 1:38.828 50
12 Amaury Cordeel Virtuosi Racing 1:39.002 58
13 Théo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1:39.502 67
14 Jehan Daruvala MP Motorsport 1:39.512 50
15 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1:39.604 55
16 Jack Doohan Virtuosi Racing 1:40.090 25
17 Isack Hadjar Hitech Grand Prix 1:40.164 59
18 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1:40.184 37
19 Jak Crawford Hitech Grand Prix 1:40.530 59
20 Kush Maini Campos Racing 1:41.206 21
21 Juan Manuel Correa Van Amersfoort Racing 1:59.089 50
22 Richard Verschoor Van Amersfoort Racing 2:00.291 43

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