Series leader quickest at the Hungaroring
Series leader Stoffel Vandoorne was back on top this morning: the Belgian ace set the quickest laptime in today’s free practice session at Budapest in a 1:28.969, a clear four tenths from title rival Rio Haryanto. Alex Lynn completed the top 3.
The session opened in high temperatures with the cars feeding onto the short and twisty track on Medium Pirelli tyres. Pierre Gasly set the early pace ahead of his teammate Lynn in heavy traffic, but Vandoorne dipped under 1m30s on his first push lap moving up to the top of the standings, Alexander Rossi in tow. Lynn found some extra pace to better the Belgian’s laptime, with Haryanto also able to move up to P2. Vandoorne however was on a mission and went even quicker to break the 1m29s barrier and sit pretty at the top.
The remainder of the session was trouble-free and studious as the drivers and the teams mainly focused on race simulations. Haryanto pipped Lynn out of P2 whilst Arthur Pic took full advantage of a clear track with most of the cars back into the pits to set the fourth best laptime of the session.
At the chequered flag, Vandoorne looked mighty strong ahead of today’s qualifying session. He will once again be the man to beat in a session that promises to be hot with many drivers looking to break into the top 3 and challenge the ART man.
Budapest – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:28.969
20
2.
Rio Haryanto
Campos Racing
1:29.384
18
3.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:29.499
21
4.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:29.552
18
5.
Pierre Gasly
DAMS
1:29.562
20
6.
Raffaele Marciello
Trident
1:29.742
21
7.
André Negrao
Arden International
1:29.797
19
8.
Nick Yelloly
Hilmer Motorsport
1:29.856
19
9.
Sergey Sirotkin
Rapax
1:29.873
21
10.
Mitch Evans
RUSSIAN TIME
1:29.939
19
11.
Alexander Rossi
Racing Engineering
1:29.071
17
12.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:30.073
19
13.
Norman Nato
Arden International
1:30.164
17
14.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:30.375
19
15.
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:30.475
18
16.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
1:30.575
18
17.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:30.578
19
18.
Robert Visoiu
Rapax
1:30.763
19
19
Rene Binder
Trident
1:30.802
17
20.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:30.902
17
21.
Nathanaël Berthon
Daiko Team Lazarus
1:30.930
15
22.
Marlon Stockinger
Status Grand Prix
1:30.954
18
23.
Sergio Canamasas
Hilmer Motorsport
1:31.107
18
24.
Zoel Amberg
Daiko Team Lazarus
1:31.575
12
25.
Nicholas Latifi
MP Motorsport
1:31.674
20
26.
Sean Gelael
Carlin
1:32.200
22