Gasly back on top in German Free Practice

Pierre Gasly was on the gas
Pierre Gasly was on the gas

Pierre Gasly has carried over his recent form by topping the timesheets in this morning's Free Practice session at the Hockenheimring, setting the pace in a tight session which saw the top five drivers split by just two tenths ahead of Artem Markelov and Alex Lynn.

The Red Bull tester stopped the clocks with a lap of 1:23.269 at the 15 minute mark to once again deny his rivals the bragging rights on the tight, technical circuit in a session which saw most of the field run within a second of him. The track opened under overcast but warm conditions, with a number of drivers immediately on the pace: Daniel de Jong, Arthur Pic, Antonio Giovinazzi, Sergey Sirotkin, Markelov and Norman Nato all swapped the top spot between them, but a third of the way through Gasly relegated them all as the field started to return to the pit for fresh rubber.

A minute later Lynn and Luca Ghiotto ran the Frenchman close before returning to the pits, but no one was able to improve substantially on their second set of tires as they concentrated on race pace: a number of drivers ran wide at Turns 1 and 6 as they pushed the limits, but with qualifying just a few hours away everyone managed to avoid any damage.

Behind the top three Ghiotto, Nato, Raffaele Marciello, Jordan King, Oliver Rowland, Giovinazzi and Sirotkin all showed they have the pace to compete for pole this afternoon: with the threat of rain hanging over the circuit, Qualifying promises to be another thrilling session.

Hockenheim, Germany – Free Practice

Pos

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Pierre Gasly

PREMA Racing

1:23.269

19

2.

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:23.361

21

3.

Alex Lynn

DAMS

1:23.370

21

4.

Luca Ghiotto

Trident

1:23.379

21

5.

Norman Nato

Racing Engineering

1:23.470

16

6.

Raffaele Marciello

RUSSIAN TIME

1:23.668

20

7.

Jordan King

Racing Engineering

1:23.670

15

8.

Oliver Rowland

MP Motorsport

1:23.675

17

9.

Antonio Giovinazzi

PREMA Racing

1:23.681

21

10.

Sergey Sirotkin

ART Grand Prix

1:23.796

20

11.

Marvin Kirchhofer

Carlin

1:23.931

16

12.

Nobuharu Matsushita

ART Grand Prix

1:24.023

22

13.

Mitch Evans

Pertamina Campos Racing

1:24.025

20

14.

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:24.067

21

15.

Arthur Pic

Rapax

1:24.098

22

16.

Gustav Malja

Rapax

1:24.282

23

17.

Rene Binder

Carlin

1:24.425

18

18.

Nabil Jeffri

Arden International

1:24.653

19

19

Daniel de Jong

MP Motorsport

1:24.863

21

20.

Sean Gelael

Pertamina Campos Racing

1:24.920

20

21.

Jimmy Eriksson

Arden International

1:24.938

20

22.

Philo Paz Armand

Trident

1:25.730

22

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