Frenchman scorches in hot Free Practice
Pierre Gasly has set a target for his rivals to match by taking the top spot in this morning’s Free Practice session in Budapest, setting the pace for almost the entire session to come home almost half a second ahead of Alex Lynn and Sergey Sirotkin.

The Red Bull tester stopped the clocks at 1:27.138 a third of the way through the session, beating his own top time to extend the gap back to his rivals in scorching conditions at the Hungaroring: with track temperatures increasing throughout there was little chance for the rest of the field to improve their laptimes, and attention was turned to fine tuning the cars for tomorrow’s race.

The entire grid were straight out on track as the session commenced under blue skies: an overnight shower made little impact as the circuit was completely dry, and earlier clouds were burnt away as temperatures soared. Gasly set the first competitive lap 7 minutes in before improving on it two laps later: Sirotkin briefly claimed the top spot but was knocked back off the perch by Gasly when he completed his lap right behind the Russian, and the fight for first was over, with Lynn the only man to improve substantially in the second half of the session by claiming P2 with 2 minutes remaining.

A number of drivers went wide at Turns 1 and 11 as they looked for the limits, but the only incident of note was when Sergio Canamasas spun at Turn 12 before getting back underway once again: the Spaniard finished the session in the Top ten behind Raffaele Marciello, Nobuharu Matsushita, Norman Nato, Oliver Rowland, Antonio Giovinazzi and Luca Ghiotto, all of whom will be looking to close the gap to Gasly in this afternoon’s Qualifying session.

Budapest, Hungary – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Pierre Gasly
PREMA Racing
1:27.138
20
2.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:27.595
18
3.
Sergey Sirotkin
ART Grand Prix
1:27.656
18
4.
Raffaele Marciello
RUSSIAN TIME
1:27.860
20
5.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:27.878
20
6.
Norman Nato
Racing Engineering
1:27.951
23
7.
Oliver Rowland
MP Motorsport
1:28.093
19
8.
Antonio Giovinazzi
PREMA Racing
1:28.255
19
9.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:28.270
19
10.
Sergio Canamasas
Carlin
1:28.416
18
11.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:28.420
20
12.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:28.453
19
13.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
Carlin
1:28.460
18
14.
Arthur Pic
Rapax
1:28.480
21
15.
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:28.570
19
16.
Gustav Malja
Rapax
1:28.658
23
17.
Sean Gelael
Pertamina Campos Racing
1:28.730
21
18.
Mitch Evans
Pertamina Campos Racing
1:28.778
18
19
Daniël de Jong
MP Motorsport
1:28.782
20
20.
Philo Paz Armand
Trident
1:29.204
22
21.
Nabil Jeffri
Arden International
1:29.514
20
22.
Jimmy Eriksson
Arden International
1:29.777
20