Gasly on top in Free Practice

Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly

Pierre Gasly has started his Silverstone weekend in fine form after topping the timesheets in this morning's Free Practice session at the fabled British circuit, leading the way from Sergey Sirotkin and Arthur Pic.

The Red Bull tester stopped the clocks at 1:39.890 a third of the way through the competitive session, taking advantage of the warmer conditions after practice commenced under ominously overcast conditions.

Pic was the first man to set a competitive time just five minutes into the session, and the floodgates were opened: Gasly, Jordan King, Alex Lynn, Pic and Sirotkin all claimed the top spot briefly, but at the fifteen minute mark Gasly set the time that would not be beaten before the majority of the field returned to the pits for their second set of tires.

With the second half of the session used to work on race pace there was little chance of an improvement in times, and so it proved. A brief virtual safety car period broken up the session as the marshals moved quickly to remove Luca Ghiotto's halted Trident from Turn 3 at the thirty minute mark, but there was little else to concern the teams as the rest of the grid kept their powder dry ahead of this afternoon's Qualifying session.

Behind the top three Antonio Giovinazzi, Lynn, Norman Nato, Oliver Rowland, King, Nobuharu Matsushita and Artem Markelov were all within a second of the top time and will be looking to push forward in just a few hours time.

Silverstone, Great Britain – Free Practice

Pos

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Pierre Gasly

PREMA Racing

1:39.890

18

2.

Sergey Sirotkin

ART Grand Prix

1:40.045

17

3.

Arthur Pic

Rapax

1:40.154

20

4.

Antonio Giovinazzi

PREMA Racing

1:40.217

19

5.

Alex Lynn

DAMS

1:40.227

20

6.

Norman Nato

Racing Engineering

1:40.249

17

7.

Oliver Rowland

MP Motorsport

1:40.365

16

8.

Jordan King

Racing Engineering

1:40.507

19

9.

Nobuharu Matsushita

ART Grand Prix

1:40.647

19

10.

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:40.671

19

11.

Mitch Evans

Pertamina Campos Racing

1:40.704

18

12.

Luca Ghiotto

Trident

1:40.760

10

13.

Raffaele Marciello

RUSSIAN TIME

1:40.888

17

14.

Marvin Kirchhöfer

Carlin

1:40.959

17

15.

Sergio Canamasas

Carlin

1:41.111

18

16.

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:41.215

19

17.

Nabil Jeffri

Arden International

1:41.696

18

18.

Gustav Malja

Rapax

1:41.705

21

19

Daniel de Jong

MP Motorsport

1:42.426

18

20.

Sean Gelael

Pertamina Campos Racing

1:42.594

21

21.

Philo Paz Armand

Trident

1:42.685

20

22.

Jimmy Eriksson

Arden International

1:43.034

18

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