Free Practice for Round 7 of the 2015 GP3 Series season was run in damp conditions following rain earlier in the day. However, the heavens opened just as the forty-five minute session got underway providing even more of a challenge, with a large number of drivers making their first appearance around the Sochi track.
As the session commenced in cool temperatures, KirchhÃ¶fer was an early spinner at Turn 7. Seb Morris (Status Grand Prix) led the way before the German driver soon found some pace to top the times. Ocon was in second behind his teammate, ahead of Arden International’s Kevin Ceccon and Boschung.
Numerous drivers ran off in the tricky conditions as the rain began to fall heavier. Swiss rookie Boschung shot to P1, one tenth ahead of the German, before spinning at Turn 18. Ocon improved on Boschung’s time by two tenths before a red flag halted proceedings. Alex Fontana drifted wide at Turn 4, and spun off, making contact with the barrier. His session was over, as the clock continued to tick down whilst his car was recovered.
There was six minutes remaining when the session went “green" with the drivers’ queuing out of the pitlane to head back onto the track. As the weather worsened, the times failed to improve with stoppages and spins for Artur Janosz, Zaid Ashkanani and Alfonso Celis. Jr.
At the chequered flag, Ocon remained head of the timesheet, ahead of Boschung, KirchhÃ¶fer, Ceccon, Series leader Luca Ghiotto, Alex Palou, Jimmy Eriksson, Emil Bernstorff, Sandy Stuvik and Seb Morris.
Qualifying takes place at 09.30 am local time tomorrow morning. The four points on pole could prove very decisive in the fight for the title…
|1.||Esteban Ocon||ART Grand Prix||2:09.319||13|
|2.||Ralph Boschung||Jenzer Motorsport||2:09.526||14|
|3.||Marvin KirchhÃ¶fer||ART Grand Prix||2:09.583||13|
|4.||Kevin Ceccon||Arden International||2:09.723||14|
|6.||Alex Palou||Campos Racing||2:09.878||15|
|7.||Jimmy Eriksson||Koiranen GP||2:10.030||15|
|8.||Emil Bernstorff||Arden International||2:10.089||14|
|9.||Sandy Stuvik||Status Grand Prix||2:10.200||13|
|10.||Seb Morris||Status Grand Prix||2:10.404||10|
|11.||Alfonso Celis. Jr||ART Grand Prix||2:10.407||12|
|12.||Alex Fontana||Status Grand Prix||2:10.617||10|
|13.||Matthew Parry||Koiranen GP||2:10.786||12|
|14.||Matheo Tuscher||Jenzer Motorsport||2:10.793||13|
|15.||Zaid Ashkanani||Campos Racing||2:10.858||14|
|16.||Pal Varhaug||Jenzer Motorsport||2:10.990||15|
|19.||Konstantin Tereshchenko||Campos Racing||2:11.480||15|
|21.||Adderly Fong||Koiranen GP||2:12.764||14|
|24.||Aleksander Bosak||Arden International||2:13.792||14|