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Valencia: Series practice one report

Soucek tops first free practice session Spaniard heads Tobias Hegewald and Robert Wickens at Valencia Andy Soucek has topped the timesheets in the first official Formula Two practice session for 25 years with a time of 1:27.800s. The Spaniard...

Soucek tops first free practice session

Spaniard heads Tobias Hegewald and Robert Wickens at Valencia

Andy Soucek has topped the timesheets in the first official Formula Two practice session for 25 years with a time of 1:27.800s. The Spaniard was the only driver to dip into the 1:27s bracket, which he did on two occasions

Tobias Hegewald was impressive throughout the 30-minute session and set the early pace, before having to settle for second at the finish. Red Bull Junior Team driver Robert Wickens was third quickest, having set his best time in the early stages.

Milos Pavlovic didn't complete a flying lap until midway through the session, but the Serbian was instantly on the pace and ended up setting the fourth fastest lap time overall. Mirko Bortlotti and Mikhail Aleshin were fifth and sixth respectively, completing a top six finish for the three Red Bull Junior drivers.

Edoardo Piscopo was seventh after enjoying his best run in an F2 car so far, whilst Henry Surtees continued his good pre-season testing form to set the eighth quickest time. Local favourite German Sanchez made further progress and sneaked into ninth late in the session, ahead of Brazilian Carlos Iaconelli who rounded out the top ten.

The top six times were set after 20 minutes, shortly before the session had to be briefly red-flagged following a spin by Henri Karjalainen. Whilst the session was restarted, the fastest running drivers were unable to improve their times in the final moments.

Andy Soucek said: "I just pushed for one lap initially and the time came quite easily. On the second lap I went another tenth quicker. I'm feeling very happy - it's the first official session in the championship. It's still doesn't determine how the race will go, but it's good to be at the front."

Tobias Hegewald said: "I feel quite good for sure. I think I did a good lap but there is still some time to find - the car felt good to drive. I'm not thinking too much about qualifying and the races yet. I'm feeling hopeful about the weekend, but there is still a long way to go."

Robert Wickens said: "It's a fairly solid start, and it's a nice prize to be in the top three. There's still room for improvement - I did my fastest lap on my opening run and then hit traffic, so there's more to come for sure. At this stage in my career I have to aim big, so I'm going for two race wins and two fastest laps. It's going to be tough but I think it's possible - we'll have to wait and see."

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Series F2
Drivers Robert Wickens , Milos Pavlovic , Mikhail Aleshin , Carlos Iaconelli , Tobias Hegewald , Andy Soucek , Henry Surtees , Henri Karjalainen , German Sanchez