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
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.
Nathanaël 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.
André 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