Monegasque eases his way to top of the timesheets

 

Charles Leclerc has picked up where he left off in Austria by topping the timesheets in this afternoon’s free practice session in Silverstone, grabbing the position early in the session before chipping away at his own times to lead Oliver Rowland and Luca Ghiotto at the flag.

 

The Monegasque was competing with himself throughout the session, improving his times continually before finally settling on 1:40.695 two thirds of the way through an uneventful session, which took place on a Thursday for the first time.

 

The session took place under overcast and cool conditions, with all of the field heading straight onto the circuit to record some times in case the threatened rain arrived. Leclerc set the first competitive time at the 10 minute mark, with Nicholas Latifi and Ghiotto briefly usurping him on the top of the timesheets before the Ferrari Academy driver reverted to the top spot a few minutes later.

 

Rowland closed the gap to his championship rival at the 30 minute mark but Leclerc ran quicker still a few minutes later and the matter was settled as the grid concentrated on longer run pace. Behind the top 3 Latifi, Artem Markelov, Sergio Canamasas, Jordan King, Nyck De Vries, Norman Nato and Louis Deletraz were all within a second of the top spot and will be hoping for more to come in tomorrow’s qualifying session.

 

 

Preliminary Free Practice Classification

 

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Charles Leclerc PREMA Racing 1:40.695 17
2. Oliver Rowland DAMS 1:41.010 18
3. Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 1:41.247 16
4. Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:41.283 17
5. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:41.316 17
6. Sergio Canamasas Rapax 1:41.328 17
7. Jordan King MP Motorsport 1:41.329 19
8. Nyck De Vries Rapax 1:41.359 20
9. Norman Nato Pertamina Arden 1:41.377 19
10. Louis Delétraz Racing Engineering 1:41.631 18
11. Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport 1:41.660 16
12. Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 1:41.742 13
13. Antonio Fuoco PREMA Racing 1:41.755 16
14. Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:41.824 18
15. Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1:41.885 17
16. Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 1:42.224 19
17. Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1:42.284 15
18. Callum Ilott Trident 1:42.314 17
19. Nabil Jeffri Trident 1:42.317 17
20. Robert Visoiu Campos Racing 1:42.677 18