GP2 logoHilmer Motorsport driver quickest at the Nurburgring

Hilmer Motorsport resumed their display of speed in this morning’s free practice at the Nurburgring: rookie and Barcelona race winner Robin Frijns topped the session with a laptime of 1:39.838, one tenth quicker than Sam Bird. Rookie Mitch Evans completed the top three.

The session opened  under grey skies but on a dry track. The twenty-six cars fed to the track on Medium Pirelli tyres as soon as the lights turned green. The times tumbled quickly until Series leader Stefano Coletti set the early pace in a 1:40.340, six tenths of a second quicker than closest rival James Calado. But Frijns was on a mission this morning and topped the timesheet after he found some extra pace to better the Monegasque’s laptime by nine hundredths. Tom Dillmann moved up to third, but his teammate Bird was the first man to break under the 1m40s barrier. The Brit set the first two sectors in purple and improved in the third sector to claim the top spot with a laptime of 1:39.962.

Just before the session hit the hallway mark, Frijns put his head down and edged Bird out of the top improving the Brit’s laptime by one tenth of a second. The Dutchman made his way back to the pits along with most of the field. Fabio Leimer moved up to P3 just before returning to the pits as well. Stéphane Richelmi was also on a flyer with a quickest first sector and an improved second sector, but the DAMS man rejoined the pits before completing his lap. With most of the drivers back into the pits, Evans enjoyed a clear track to improve his personal best and claim third spot.

The final minutes of the session did not see any changes at the top of the standings and was trouble-free except for a small scare from Calado who ran a bit too wide, but managed to rejoin the track safely. At the chequered flag, Frijns led the pack ahead of Bird, Evans, Leimer, Coletti, Calado, Jolyon Palmer, Dillmann, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Rene Binder.

The qualifying session will take place at 15.55 (local time). No doubt that teams and drivers will give the Super Soft tyres a spin to try and claim the pole position.

Nurburg – Free Practice

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Robin Frijns Hilmer Motorsport 1:39.838

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2. Sam Bird RUSSIAN TIME 1:39.962

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3. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:40.165

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4. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:40.304

12

5. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:40.340

13

6. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:40.425

13

7. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:40.457

13

8. Tom Dillmann RUSSIAN TIME 1:40.509

13

9. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:40.533

13

10. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:40.652

14

11. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:40.782

14

12. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:40.797

13

13. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:40.813

15

14. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:40.830

14

15. Kevin Ceccon Trident Racing 1:40.883

13

16. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:40.941

12

17. Nathanaël Berthon Trident Racing 1:40.949

14

18. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:40.951

12

19 Sergio Canamasas EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:40.982

13

20. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:41.096

15

21. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:41.230

13

22. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:41.356

13

23. Fabrizui Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:41.500

14

24. Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport 1:41.709

14

25. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:41.805

12

26. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:42.324

12