Pedro Piquet (SMP Racing by AVF) ended up with the fastest lap on the table in the opening day of collective testing for World Series at Bahrain International Circuit. The Brazilian, son of 3-time Formula 1 World Champion Nelson Piquet, topped the timesheets in in 1m44.419, edging EuroFormula Open 2017 champion Harrison Scott (RP Motorport) and Rinus Veekay (Fortec Motorsports) coming from US Formula 2000.
Nine drivers went on-track today to try and chase the fastest laptime which came late in the afternoon with better conditions. Two breaks during the day were needed to recover the cars of Piquet and Julien Canal (Lotus), respectively in the morning and in the afternoon. Veekay who was the fastest in the morning session, fought back in the closing minute.
Henrique Chaves ended up fourth for SMP Racing by AVF after winning race 1 last weekend. He topped Lirim Zendeli, driving for
Lotus and coming from Formula 4, and Sauber Formula 1 Team Development Driver Tatiana Calderon (RP Motorsport), who also had secured a podium finish on race weekend. In addition to 2017 Champ Scott, more drivers came from EuroFormula Open, like, Alex Karkosik (RP Motorsport) and Yan Shlom (Fortec Motorsports)
Testing will resume on Wednesday, November 22, after a one-day break.
Pedro Piquet (SMP Racing by AVF)
“I had some experience with similar cars, but this was absolutely another level. The car is really good, it has amazing brakes and a lot of power compared to Formula 3. In high-speed corners, it is pretty similar, while in the low-speed it’s really heavy. I enjoyed this experience even if I was coming straight from Macau. With the flight and jet-lag, the preparation was not 100%, but this didn’t prevent us from being on top at the end of the day.“
Harrison Scott (RP Motorsport)
“I already drove this car last year, but it was great to be back again. Thanks to RP Motorsport for this amazing experience. Bahrain is a brand-new circuit for me, and we had a lot of work to do to get confident with the car and track, but I really enjoyed the day. I got quicker and quicker, even if we had to wait until the last minute to have the best track conditions. It has been a bit difficult as we had a red flag but we improved and got close to P1, so I’m happy with how things turned out.”
Rinus Veekay (Fortec Motorsports)
“It has been a really good day, I learned a lot. The morning was great, I was very quick. In the afternoon we ran on old tires most of the time, then when we were thinking about going to new we had a red flag. I’ve been quick and I’m competitive, so happy with that”.