PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing will take-off from the front row of the grid in the feature race scheduled for tomorrow at Yas Marina, as the Abu Dhabi venue is hosting the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship finale.
After having held the lead by posting a late attempt on his first set of tires, Nyck De Vries managed to secure second place at the end of the day. The 23-year-old Dutchman finished less than 0.3s away from pole highlighting a solid progress from practice.
22-year-old Indonesian Sean Gelael posted the 15th fastest lap time in a tight-knit pack and while he could have made it to the top-10 without a traffic issue on his fastest lap, he showed promising performance looking forward to tomorrow’s 31-lap race which is expected to be particularly tough for teams and drivers especially in terms of tire degradation.
Free Practice: P15 Fastest lap: 1:53.398
Qualifying: P15 Fastest lap: 1:50.812
“I think from FP to qualifying it was quite messy for me in the first runs. I was on a competitive lap for the top-10 in the second run, which would have given us a good place to start race 1, but we got a bit held up in turn 8 and while it cost us dearly, the other driver couldn’t have done anything differently. I can’t say anything there. I think this sums up our year. There are still two more days to grab more points. We can do a good job for tomorrow and we are confident with the car, the supersofts having a lot of degradation and the experience here. I’m looking forward to tomorrow: let’s get some points.”
Nyck De Vries
Free Practice: P5 Fastest lap: 1:52.386
Qualifying: P2 Fastest lap: 1:49.541
“We qualified P2 on the front row for tomorrow. Obviously, we would have liked to grab pole but it was a good session anyway. We were on provisional pole on the first set on an alternative strategy which worked out well for us. Then I think George found a bit more pace than us. They did a very good job to improve quite a bit. We took the maximum out of our package today. Let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”