Frenchman leads the way in Silverstone 
Pierre Gasly has started his Silverstone weekend in fine form after topping the timesheets in this morning’s Free Practice session at the fabled British circuit, leading the way from Sergey Sirotkin and Arthur Pic.
The Red Bull tester stopped the clocks at 1:39.890 a third of the way through the competitive session, taking advantage of the warmer conditions after practice commenced under ominously overcast conditions.

Pic was the first man to set a competitive time just five minutes into the session, and the floodgates were opened: Gasly, Jordan King, Alex Lynn, Pic and Sirotkin all claimed the top spot briefly, but at the fifteen minute mark Gasly set the time that would not be beaten before the majority of the field returned to the pits for their second set of tyres.

With the second half of the session used to work on race pace there was little chance of an improvement in times, and so it proved. A brief virtual safety car period broken up the session as the marshals moved quickly to remove Luca Ghiotto’s halted Trident from Turn 3 at the thirty minute mark, but there was little else to concern the teams as the rest of the grid kept their powder dry ahead of this afternoon’s Qualifying session.

Behind the top three Antonio Giovinazzi, Lynn, Norman Nato, Oliver Rowland, King, Nobuharu Matsushita and Artem Markelov were all within a second of the top time and will be looking to push forward in just a few hours time.

Silverstone, Great Britain – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Pierre Gasly
PREMA Racing
1:39.890
18
2.
Sergey Sirotkin
ART Grand Prix
1:40.045
17
3.
Arthur Pic
Rapax
1:40.154
20
4.
Antonio Giovinazzi
PREMA Racing
1:40.217
19
5.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:40.227
20
6.
Norman Nato
Racing Engineering
1:40.249
17
7.
Oliver Rowland
MP Motorsport
1:40.365
16
8.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:40.507
19
9.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:40.647
19
10.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:40.671
19
11.
Mitch Evans
Pertamina Campos Racing
1:40.704
18
12.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:40.760
10
13.
Raffaele Marciello
RUSSIAN TIME
1:40.888
17
14.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
Carlin
1:40.959
17
15.
Sergio Canamasas
Carlin
1:41.111
18
16.
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:41.215
19
17.
Nabil Jeffri
Arden International
1:41.696
18
18.
Gustav Malja
Rapax
1:41.705
21
19
Daniël de Jong
MP Motorsport
1:42.426
18
20.
Sean Gelael
Pertamina Campos Racing
1:42.594
21
21.
Philo Paz Armand
Trident
1:42.685
20
22.
Jimmy Eriksson
Arden International
1:43.034
18