Arden International’s Jack Aitken posts quickest laptime in Germany
Arden International’s Jack Aitken led the way in Free Practice today at the Hockenheimring. The Renault Academy driver’s best laptime of 1:28.955 was one tenth faster than ART Grand Prix’s and Scuderia Ferrari Team development driver Charles Leclerc. Trident’s and Ferrari Driver Academy’s Antonio Fuoco was third.
There was one change to the driver line-up compared to Round 4 last week with no Richard Gonda at Jenzer Motorsport. Despite the threat of the rain, practice was run in warm temperatures with Leclerc first to set the early pace. Fresh from his appearance in FP1 for the Haas F1 Team, the Monegasque driver held a one tenth advantage over Jake Dennis.
Aitken had a small excursion at Turn 12 as he found the limits of the Hockenheimring but it was clear he had good pace in his Arden machine as he lapped third fastest in the first quarter of the session. DAMS’ and Haas F1 Team development driver Santino Ferrucci lit up the timing screens when he went P1 and was first to dip under the 1m30’s bracket. That was until Leclerc clocked a flier to shoot to the head of the timesheet by over half a second.
Series leader Alexander Albon was hot on his teammate’s tail and posted a lap one tenth shy of his title rival, as ART Grand Prix held the top four positions briefly with Nirei Fukuzumi and Nyck de Vries completing the quartet. The drivers also took the opportunity to practice race starts during the session.
Trident’s Giuliano Alesi shot to second position in the latter stages; a mere 0.060’s adrift off Leclerc’s best effort. The Ferrari Driver Academy driver had recorded the best time in the middle sector. But Aitken had more in his pocket as he rose to P1 and held on until the chequered flag. Leclerc improved to second, whilst Fuoco demoted his teammate Alesi to fourth.
The session was red flagged in the final minute when Campos Racing’s Steijn Schothorst stopped on circuit. Behind the top four at the end of the session were: Ferrucci, Schothorst, Jake Hughes, Albon, Dennis and De Vries.
Tomorrow’s qualifying session will commence at 09.45 local time (GMT+2).
Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Jack Aitken
Arden International
1:28.955
19
2.
Charles Leclerc
ART Grand Prix
1:29.086
21
3.
Antonio Fuoco
Trident
1:29.182
20
4.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:29.215
20
5.
Santino Ferrucci
DAMS
1:29.274
21
6.
Steijn Schothorst
Campos Racing
1:29.288
21
7.
Jake Hughes
DAMS
1:29.293
20
8.
Alexander Albon
ART Grand Prix
1:29.299
20
9.
Jake Dennis
Arden International
1:29.386
20
10.
Nyck de Vries
ART Grand Prix
1:29.400
20
11.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
1:29.603
22
12.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:29.644
20
13.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
1:29.647
19
14.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:29.671
20
15.
Ralph Boschung
Koiranen GP
1:29.743
21
16.
Arjun Maini
Jenzer Motorsport
1:29.899
21
17.
Sandy Stuvik
Trident
1:29.981
19
18.
Konstantin Tereschenko
Campos Racing
1:30.084
18
19.
Kevin Joerg
DAMS
1:30.096
             21
20.
Matevos Isaakyan
Koiranen GP
1:30.220
20
21.
Tatiana Calderon
Arden International
1:30.347
18
22.
Akash Nandy
Jenzer Motorsport
1:30.926
19