Vandoorne leads Barcelona free practice

Stoffel Vandoorne

McLaren tester continues his good form in Barcelona

Stoffel Vandoorne has carried over his front running form from Bahrain by topping the times in this morning's free practice session in Barcelona, leading the way by half a second over rivals Mitch Evans and Alexander Rossi.

The McLaren test driver set a time of 1:30.171 at the 15 minute mark in a scorching session, the last of a string of quickest laps which made clear his intentions for this afternoon's qualifying session and set a challenge for the rest of the field to solve over the next few hours.

Alex Lynn set the first competitive time before Rossi took the baton, but Vandoorne was never going to be denied: the Belgian claimed the top spot 8 minutes in, briefly ceding the lead to Evans before coming back out on fresh rubber and setting a string of laps that couldn't be touched by the remainder of the field.

With qualifying to come so soon after the session no one wanted to risk any damage to their cars, although Sergey Sirotkin's break was made more difficult than the others due to a problem with his gearbox, which curtailed his track time.

Behind the top three Pierre Gasly, Nathanaël Berthon, Richie Stanaway, Rio Haryanto, Lynn, Raffaele Marciello and Artem Markelov are all within striking distance, and will be hoping to prove it this afternoon in qualifying.

Barcelona – Free Practice

P Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:30.171 18
2. Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1:30.689 17
3. Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1:30.767 19
4. Pierre Gasly DAMS 1:30.810 20
5. Nathanael Berthon Lazarus 1:30.818 16
6. Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1:30.943 17
7. Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1:31.010 17
8. Alex Lynn DAMS 1:31.173 19
9. Raffaele Marciello Trident 1:31.191 21
10. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:31.313 19
11. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:31.414 18
12. Marco Sorensen Carlin 1:31.446 18
13. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:31.465 17
14. Johnny Cecotto Hilmer Motorsport 1:31.492 22
15. Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:31.524 17
16. Andre Negrao Arden International 1:31.540 20
17. Julian Leal Carlin 1:31.581 16
18. Sergio Canamasas MP Motorsport 1:31.596 17
19 Robert Visoiu Rapax 1:31.888 19
20. Rene Binder Trident 1:32.001 20
21. Zoel Amberg Lazarus 1:32.046 19
22. Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:32.108 13
23. Nick Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport 1:32.182 21
24. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:32.216 19
25. Norman Nato Arden International 1:32.243 11
26. Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1:51.479 5

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