Frenchman leads the way in Hockenheim
Pierre Gasly has carried over his recent form by topping the timesheets in this morning’s Free Practice session at the Hockenheimring, setting the pace in a tight session which saw the top five drivers split by just two tenths ahead of Artem Markelov and Alex Lynn.

The Red Bull tester stopped the clocks with a lap of 1:23.269 at the 15 minute mark to once again deny his rivals the bragging rights on the tight, technical circuit in a session which saw most of the field run within a second of him. The track opened under overcast but warm conditions, with a number of drivers immediately on the pace: Daniël de Jong, Arthur Pic, Antonio Giovinazzi, Sergey Sirotkin, Markelov and Norman Nato all swapped the top spot between them, but a third of the way through Gasly relegated them all as the field started to return to the pit for fresh rubber.

A minute later Lynn and Luca Ghiotto ran the Frenchman close before returning to the pits, but no one was able to improve substantially on their second set of tyres as they concentrated on race pace: a number of drivers ran wide at Turns 1 and 6 as they pushed the limits, but with qualifying just a few hours away everyone managed to avoid any damage.

Behind the top three Ghiotto, Nato, Raffaele Marciello, Jordan King, Oliver Rowland, Giovinazzi and Sirotkin all showed they have the pace to compete for pole this afternoon: with the threat of rain hanging over the circuit, Qualifying promises to be another thrilling session.

Hockenheim, Germany – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Pierre Gasly
PREMA Racing
1:23.269
19
2.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:23.361
21
3.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:23.370
21
4.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:23.379
21
5.
Norman Nato
Racing Engineering
1:23.470
16
6.
Raffaele Marciello
RUSSIAN TIME
1:23.668
20
7.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:23.670
15
8.
Oliver Rowland
MP Motorsport
1:23.675
17
9.
Antonio Giovinazzi
PREMA Racing
1:23.681
21
10.
Sergey Sirotkin
ART Grand Prix
1:23.796
20
11.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
Carlin
1:23.931
16
12.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:24.023
22
13.
Mitch Evans
Pertamina Campos Racing
1:24.025
20
14.
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:24.067
21
15.
Arthur Pic
Rapax
1:24.098
22
16.
Gustav Malja
Rapax
1:24.282
23
17.
Rene Binder
Carlin
1:24.425
18
18.
Nabil Jeffri
Arden International
1:24.653
19
19
Daniël de Jong
MP Motorsport
1:24.863
21
20.
Sean Gelael
Pertamina Campos Racing
1:24.920
20
21.
Jimmy Eriksson
Arden International
1:24.938
20
22.
Philo Paz Armand
Trident
1:25.730
22