Hungary GP2: Vandoorne leads the way in practice

Stoffel Vandoorne once again proved the class of the GP2 field during practice for this weekend’s races at the Hungaroring, going quickest by four tenths of a second.

Tyre degradation in the sweltering conditions meant the quickest times came mostly towards the start of the 45-minute session, runaway championship leader Vandoorne moving to the top of the timesheets in the first 10 minutes with a 1m29.729s.

Alex Lynn briefly went quickest shortly after with a time 0.180s faster the Belgian, but Vandoorne promptly responded with a 1m28.969s, which would remain the benchmark for the remainder of the session.

Rio Haryanto slotted into second ahead of Lynn with a time 0.415s off the pace just after one-third distance, the Brit marginally improving to a 1m29.499s to stay third.

Arthur Pic made it two Campos drivers in the top four, half a tenth behind Lynn, with Pierre Gasly rounding off the top five just a hundredth slower than his compatriot.

Raffaele Marciello was sixth quickest, ahead of Andre Negrao, Nick Yelloly and Silverstone feature race winner Sergey Sirotkin, while Mitch Evans completed a top 10 split by just under a second.

Vandoorne’s nearest championship challenger Alexander Rossi ended the session only 11th fastest, having lost valuable track time to a brake problem mid-session.

Practice Results:

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
1 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:28.969  
2 Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1:29.384 0.415
3 Alex Lynn DAMS 1:29.499 0.530
4 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:29.552 0.583
5 Pierre Gasly DAMS 1:29.562 0.593
6 Raffaele Marciello Trident 1:29.742 0.773
7 Andre Negrao Arden International 1:29.797 0.828
8 Nick Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport 1:29.856 0.887
9 Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1:29.873 0.904
10 Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1:29.939 0.970
11 Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1:29.971 1.002
12 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:30.073 1.104
13 Norman Nato Arden International 1:30.164 1.195
14 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1:30.375 1.406
15 Julian Leal Carlin 1:30.475 1.506
16 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1:30.575 1.606
17 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:30.578 1.609
18 Robert Visoiu Rapax 1:30.763 1.794
19 Rene Binder Trident 1:30.802 1.833
20 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:30.902 1.933
21 Nathanael Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 1:30.930 1.961
22 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:30.954 1.985
23 Sergio Canamasas Hilmer Motorsport 1:31.107 2.138
24 Zoel Amberg Daiko Team Lazarus 1:31.575 2.606
25 Nicholas Latifi MP Motorsport 1:31.674 2.705
26 Sean Gelael Carlin 1:32.200 3.231

 

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Series GP2
Event Hungaroring
Track Hungaroring
Drivers Rio Haryanto , Arthur Pic , Alex Lynn , Stoffel Vandoorne , Pierre Gasly
Teams ART Grand Prix
Article type Practice report