GP2 logoCarlin driver sets the pace in Round 3 opening session

Felipe Nasr has set the tone: the Carlin racer is hungry for glory this week at Circuit de Catalunya and he wasted no time in showing his rivals how quick he can be setting up the fastest laptime in this morning’s free practice session in a 1:30.103, seven tenths clear from James Calado who finished second.

The session opened on a drying track with most of the drivers opting to wait before taking to the track. Robin Frijns set the early pace. The rookie’s latpime of 1:31.264 gave the signal for the remainder of the drivers to feed onto the track. Frijns improved on his next attempt to clock in a time of 1:31.010.

Ten minutes into the session, Nasr put his head down and lit sectors 1 and 2 in purple before crossing the start/finish line in 1:30.103, a clear nine tenths from Frijns. His teammate Jolyon Palmer also found the extra pace to move up to P2, but eight tenths slower than the Brazilian and thus enough room for Calado and Johnny Cecotto to split the Carlin pair.

Halfway through the session, the track was yellow flagged when Simon Trummer stopped at Turn 13. Most of the drivers made their way back into the pits. Series leader Stefano Coletti who had yet to make an appearance onto the track decided to benefit from light traffic to make his way into the top ten. At the chequered flag, Nasr retained P1 ahead of Calado, Cecotto, Palmer, Frijns, Coletti, Sam Bird, Tom Dillmann, Marcus Ericsson and Fabio Leimer.

If this morning’s weather forecast brought rain, this afternoon’s should bring sunny conditions also known as the best conditions for a classic GP2 qualifying session at 16.00 local time.

Barcelona – Free Practice

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:30.103

13

2. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:30.864

11

3. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:30.951

8

4. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:30.977

15

5. Robin Frijns Hilmer Motorsport 1:31.010

13

6. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:31.092

8

7. Sam Bird RUSSIAN TIME 1:31.265

10

8. Tom Dillmann RUSSIAN TIME 1:31.290

10

9. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:31.295

12

10. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:31.303

10

11. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:31.339

11

12. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:31.389

11

13. Kevin Ceccon Trident Racing 1:31.492

11

14. Alexander Rossi Caterham Racing 1:31.528

14

15. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:31.577

12

16. Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport 1:31.846

16

17. Kevin Giovesi Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:31.930

7

18. Sergio Canamasas Caterham Racing 1:32.020

15

19 Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:32.077

11

20. Nathanaël Berthon Trident Racing 1:32.276

14

21. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:32.413

12

22. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:32.468

14

23. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:32.646

10

24. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:33.455

9

25. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:41.742

0

26. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport

0