Rapax driver quickest in opening session at Spielberg
Russian ace Sergey Sirotkin has had the perfect start to his Austrian weekend by setting up the fastest laptime of today’s free practice session in a blazing 1:14.880, three tenths clear of Mitch Evans. Series leader Stoffel Vandoorne completed the top three.
The session opened under grey skies and in cool conditions with the drivers feeding onto the Red Bull Ring track on Medium Pirelli tyres. Sirotkin was quick to set the early pace ahead of Pierre Gasly, until Vandoorne claimed the top spot lapping the Austrian track three tenths quicker than the Russian.
Fifteen minutes into the session, Sirotkin was the first man to dip under 1m16s, but Evans also improved and went top. As the grip levels bettered, Sirotkin was able to find some extra pace and clocked in a laptime of 1:14.880 which was enough for him to sit pretty at the top of the standings until the end of the session.
The proceedings were briefly halted with eleven minutes left on the clock after Gasly stopped his car on track at Turn 7 on mechanical gremlins. At the chequered flag, behind the top three, Alexander Rossi, Alex Lynn, Raffaele Marciello, Gasly, Rio Haryanto, Arthur Pic and Nick Yelloly rounded up the top ten and will be looking for more in this afternoon’s qualifying session.
Spielberg – Free Practice*
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Sergey Sirotkin
Rapax
1:14.880
26
2.
Mitch Evans
RUSSIAN TIME
1:15.201
21
3.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:15.223
23
4.
Alexander Rossi
Racing Engineering
1:15.272
17
5.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:15.279
24
6.
Raffaele Marciello
Trident
1:15.407
22
7.
Pierre Gasly
DAMS
1:15.503
19
8.
Rio Haryanto
Campos Racing
1:15.568
23
9.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:15.569
21
10.
Nick Yelloly
Hilmer Motorsport
1:15.678
23
11.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:15.692
21
12.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
1:15.701
23
13.
Rene Binder
Trident
1:15.710
24
14.
André Negrao
Arden International
1:15.736
22
15.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:15.817
23
16.
Robert Visoiu
Rapax
1:15.971
25
17.
Marco Sorensen
Carlin
1:16.069
25
18.
Norman Nato
Arden International
1:16.073
23
19
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:16.099
24
20.
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:16.236
22
21.
Zoel Amberg
Daiko Team Lazarus
1:16.343
22
22.
Marlon Stockinger
Status Grand Prix
1:16.422
22
23.
Nathanaël Berthon
Daiko Team Lazarus
1:16.582
13
24.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:16.701
20
25.
Simon Trummer
Hilmer Motorsport
1:16.878
20
*Sergio Canamasas is withdrawn from the event.