American driver quickest in free practice
Back fresh from his F1 stint, Alexander Rossi looked on a mission in this morning’s free practice session at the Bahrain International Circuit: the American driver set the quickest laptime in a 1:41.180 – three hundredths better than newly crowned GP2 Champion Stoffel Vandoorne. Red Bull protégé Pierre Gasly finished the session in third place.
The pitlane opened in high temperature as the twenty-four GP2 cars fed onto the track with Medium Pirelli tyres. Gasly was quick to find his marks on the Bahraini track to go top ahead of Raffaele Marciello.
Ten minutes into the session, Vandoorne found some extra pace to go fastest, but the Belgian driver was edged out of the top spot just seconds later as Rossi improved as well. The rest of the session was trouble free with the teams and drivers working on their set ups and race simulations.
At the chequered flag, Rossi was unchallenged ahead of Vandoorne and Gasly. Nobuharu Matsushita who had qualified P2 on this same track earlier this season finished today’s free practice session in fourth ahead of Sergey Sirotkin, Marciello, Alex Lynn, Jordan King, Arthur Pic and Rio Haryanto. The top eighteen drivers finished within one second.
The action will resume at 14.20 local time for what promises to be a thrilling battle for pole position.
Sakhir – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Alexander Rossi
Racing Engineering
1:41.180
18
2.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:41.213
18
3.
Pierre Gasly
DAMS
1:41.230
19
4.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:41.253
18
5.
Sergei Sirotkin
Rapax
1:41.345
17
6.
Raffaele Marciello
Trident
1:41.427
18
7.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:41.507
19
8.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:41.529
15
9.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:41.535
15
10.
Rio Haryanto
Campos Racing
1:41.610
16
11.
Norman Nato
Arden International
1:41.688
17
12.
Rene Binder
MP Motorsport
1:41.729
18
13.
Sergio Canamasas
Daiko Team Lazarus
1:41.747
16
14.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:41.849
17
15.
Mitch Evans
RUSSIAN TIME
1:41.943
17
16.
Marlon Stockinger
Status Grand Prix
1:42.006
18
17.
Nathanaël Berthon
Daiko Team Lazarus
1:42.150
17
18.
André Negrao
Arden International
1:42.173
14
19
Dean Stoneman
Carlin
1:42.453
17
20.
Nicholas Latifi
MP Motorsport
1:42.523
17
21.
Daniiel De Jong
Trident
1:42.864
17
22.
Gustav Malja
Rapax
1:43.302
17
23.
Oliver Rowland
Status Grand Prix
1:43.342
13
24.
Sean Gelael
Carlin
1:44.400
19