GP2: Vandoorne on top in free practice

Stoffel Vandoorne is the fastest man in GP2

Series leader Stoffel Vandoorne was back on top this morning: the Belgian ace set the quickest lap time in today’s free practice session at Budapest in a 1:28.969, a clear four tenths from title rival Rio Haryanto. Alex Lynn completed the top 3.

The session opened in high temperatures with the cars feeding onto the short and twisty track on Medium Pirelli tires. Pierre Gasly set the early pace ahead of his teammate Lynn in heavy traffic, but Vandoorne dipped under 1m30s on his first push lap moving up to the top of the standings, Alexander Rossi in tow. Lynn found some extra pace to better the Belgian’s lap time, with Haryanto also able to move up to P2. Vandoorne however was on a mission and went even quicker to break the 1m29s barrier and sit pretty at the top.

The remainder of the session was trouble-free and studious as the drivers and the teams mainly focused on race simulations. Haryanto pipped Lynn out of P2 whilst Arthur Pic took full advantage of a clear track with most of the cars back into the pits to set the fourth best lap time of the session.

At the checkered flag, Vandoorne looked mighty strong ahead of today’s qualifying session. He will once again be the man to beat in a session that promises to be hot with many drivers looking to break into the top 3 and challenge the ART man.

Budapest – Free Practice

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:28.969 20
2. Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1:29.384 18
3. Alex Lynn DAMS 1:29.499 21
4. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:29.552 18
5. Pierre Gasly DAMS 1:29.562 20
6. Raffaele Marciello Trident 1:29.742 21
7. André Negrao Arden International 1:29.797 19
8. Nick Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport 1:29.856 19
9. Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1:29.873 21
10. Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1:29.939 19
11. Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1:29.071 17
12. Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:30.073 19
13. Norman Nato Arden International 1:30.164 17
14. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:30.375 19
15. Julian Leal Carlin 1:30.475 18
16. Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1:30.575 18
17. Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:30.578 19
18. Robert Visoiu Rapax 1:30.763 19
19 Rene Binder Trident 1:30.802 17
20. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:30.902 17
21. Nathanael Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 1:30.930 15
22. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:30.954 18
23. Sergio Canamasas Hilmer Motorsport 1:31.107 18
24. Zoel Amberg Daiko Team Lazarus 1:31.575 12
25. Nicholas Latifi MP Motorsport 1:31.674 20
26. Sean Gelael Carlin 1:32.200 22

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