Indonesian on top in free practice
Rio Haryanto’s good form has carried over to Silverstone where the Indonesian topped the timesheets in this morning’s free practice session, leading the way ahead of Williams test driver Alex Lynn and McLaren tester (and points leader) Stoffel Vandoorne by less than a tenth.
The Indonesian driver stopped the clock with a time of 1:40.659, half a second quicker that Raffaele Marciello’s best time in this session last year, a third of the way through the session on a clear track when most of his rivals had returned to the pits for fresh tyres and, despite having plenty of time left, they were unable to match his time.
The session got underway under glorious sunny conditions, with Pierre Gasly, Johnny Cecotto, Marciello, Alexander Rossi and Vandoorne all setting the early pace. The Belgian looked to have the session under control when he returned to the pits for new tyres and a debrief, but Haryanto stayed out to take advantage of the clear track, stealing the top spot in the process.
Alex Lynn had been close to the quick times all session long, and threw everything he had at the top spot with 8 minutes remaining: the Englishman ran a great lap by missed out by just 3 thousandths in a period where few of his rivals improved, a good sign for qualifying this afternoon, but just behind him countryman Nick Yelloly, Rossi, Arthur Pic, Gasly, Marciello, Sergey Sirotkin and Jordan King, who will all be looking to break into the top 3 in just a few hours’ time.
Silverstone – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Rio Haryanto
Campos Racing
1:40.659
18
2.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:40.662
20
3.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:40.726
19
4.
Nick Yelloly
Hilmer Motorsport
1:40.863
20
5.
Alexander Rossi
Racing Engineering
1:40.924
18
6.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:40.998
16
7.
Pierre Gasly
DAMS
1:41.317
20
8.
Raffaele Marciello
Trident
1:41.360
21
9.
Sergey Sirotkin
Rapax
1:41.449
21
10.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:41.516
18
11.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
1:41.587
14
12.
Johnny Cecotto
Carlin
1:41.607
21
13.
Mitch Evans
RUSSIAN TIME
1:41.617
16
14.
Robert Visoiu
Rapax
1:41.619
18
15.
Norman Nato
Arden International
1:41.683
20
16.
Sergio Canamasas
Daiko Team Lazarus
1:41.746
19
17.
Oliver Rowland
MP Motorsport
1:41.789
18
18.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:41.918
21
19
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:41.991
21
20.
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:42.074
20
21.
André Negrao
Arden International
1:42.108
19
22.
Nathanaël Berthon
Daiko Team Lazarus
1:42.123
18
23.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:42.351
18
24.
Rene Binder
Trident
1:42.507
19
25.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:42.509
14
26.
Marlon Stockinger
Status Grand Prix
1:43.098
19