GP2 logoCarlin driver quickest at Marina Bay in opening session

Jolyon Palmer wasted no time to put pressure on his rivals: the Brit set the best laptime in today’s free practice in Singapore in 1:55.912, two tenths faster than Series leader Fabio Leimer. Marcus Ericsson finished third.

The session opened in high temperatures and humidity. James Calado was the first driver to feed onto the track on Pirelli soft tyres as soon as the pitlane opened. The ART man set the early pace, but Felipe Nasr bettered the Brit’s laptime and sat at the top of the standings until his teammate set a time of 1:56.607 ten minutes into the session.

Leimer was on a mission and lit the first two sectors in purple, but a little bit of traffic ruined the Swiss’ efforts. He had to settle for second best, two tenths slower than Palmer. The drivers returned to the pits and when the action resumed on track, Ericsson enjoyed a clear lap and put his DAMS car at the top of the standings with a laptime of 1:56.509. However, shortly after that, Palmer was able to find the extra pace to light all three sectors in purple and reclaimed the top stop going half a second quicker than the Swede.

In the dying minutes, Leimer put his head down and finally found a clean lap and a quick sector 2. He improved enough to promote himself to P2, but not enough to deny Palmer of the top spot. At the chequered flag, Palmer (who escaped from a huge slide towards the closing stages) led Leimer. Ericsson remained third ahead of Alexander Rossi, Mitch Evans, Calado, Sam Bird, Nasr, Johnny Cecotto and Stéphane Richelmi.

The qualifying session will take place tonight at night-time.

Singapore – Free Practice

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Jolyon Palmer

Carlin

1:55.912

13

2.

Fabio Leimer

Racing Engineering

1:56.165

12

3.

Marcus Ericsson

DAMS

1:56.509

12

4.

Alexander Rossi

EQ8 Caterham Racing

1:56.758

12

5.

Mitch Evans

Arden International

1:56.885

12

6.

James Calado

ART Grand Prix

1:57.067

13

7.

Sam Bird

RUSSIAN TIME

1:57.089

13

8.

Felipe Nasr

Carlin

1:57.089

12

9.

Johnny Cecotto

Arden International

1:57.297

12

10.

Stéphane Richelmi

DAMS

1:57.755

13

11.

Rio Haryanto

Barwa Addax Team

1:57.822

12

12.

Nathanaël Berthon

Trident Racing

1:57.919

12

13.

Tom Dillmann

RUSSIAN TIME

1:58.017

12

14.

Rene Binder

Venezuela GP Lazarus

1:58.135

12

15.

Sergio Canamasas

EQ8 Caterham Racing

1:58.358

12

16.

Jon Lancaster

Hilmer Motorsport

1:58.376

12

17.

Julian Leal

Racing Engineering

1:58.377

11

18.

Dani Clos

MP Motorsport

1:58.495

12

19

Daniel Abt

ART Grand Prix

1:58.518

12

20.

Jake Rosenzweig

Barwa Addax Team

1:58.916

12

21.

Vittorio Ghirelli

Venezuela GP Lazarus

1:58.939

12

22.

Daniel De Jong

MP Motorsport

1:59.063

12

23.

Simon Trummer

Rapax

1:59.213

12

24.

Stefano Coletti

Rapax

1:59.375

12

25.

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs

Hilmer Motorsport

1:69.559

12

26.

Gianmarco Raimondo

Trident Racing

2:00.990

13