Round 2 of the 2024 F4 UAE Championship got underway at the Yas Marina Circuit with two days of testing and practice.

 

Testing 1 on Thursday morning saw Yas Heat’s Keanu Al Azhari top the time sheets with a competitive 1:56.550, besting P2 by 0.248 seconds. The Abu Dhabi local continues to turn heads, being one of the only three drivers to break into the 1:46s in the first testing session of the weekend.

Following in P2 is Mumbai Falcon’s Freddie Slater with a 1:56.798, and R-ace GP’s Enzo Yeh completed the top three with a 1:56.917, only 0.124 seconds ahead of Prema’s Doriane Pin.

 

With Round 2 taking place at the GP configuration of the Yas Marina Circuit, drivers were forced to adjust to the new layout from last weekend’s Corkscrew circuit. Several drivers were struggling to adjust, resulting in a lot of deleted lap times for track limit violations.

 

The second testing session saw Mumbai Falcon’s Kean Nakamura-Berta claim P1 with a blistering 1:56.015, the closest any driver has gotten to breaking into the 1:55s.

Prema’s Rashid Al Dhaheri followed up with an impressive 1:56.278, closely trailed by Al Azhari by 0.031 seconds. The Yas Heat driver secured a 1:56.309.

 

With drivers more focused on qualifying times in the second testing, the stewards were kept busy through the session, penalising drivers when they pushed the track limits too hard.

 

Friday saw the F4 grid take to the track for the first and only free practice session of the weekend, ahead of Friday night’s qualifying sessions.

 

Al Azhari continued to show his prowess around his local circuit, leading the pack with a 1:55.735. But Slater wasn’t far behind with a 1:55.804.

Pin broke into the top three for the first time this series after consistently showing top-10 pace. The French driver put in a 1:55.852. PHM AIX’s Nikita Bedrin narrowly missed out on a top 3 finish with a 1:55.870.

 

Just 0.069 seconds separated the top two drivers, with only 0.048 seconds between P3 and P4, and 0.018 seconds between P4 and P5. With the top 22 drivers all finishing within 0.977 seconds of each other, this evening’s qualifying sessions are sure to be an exciting watch.

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