Vandoorne dominates GP2 practice in Barcelona

Stoffel Vandoorne fired a warning shot to his GP2 rivals after easily topping the practice session at Barcelona, setting a best time over half a second clear of the field.

The Belgian’s best time, a 1m30.171s, came a third of the way through the 45-minute session, with the drivers opting to focus on longer runs thereafter.

Mitch Evans briefly held the top spot early on in the session with a 1m30.689s, but he was soon deposed by ART driver Vandoorne, who surged to the top of the timesheets with a 1m30.415s before lowering his own benchmark by a further two tenths.

The Russian Time pilot remained Vandoorne’s closest challenger, albeit 0.518s off the pace, just ahead of Racing Engineering’s Alexander Rossi, whose best effort fell 0.596s short of the championship leader, who is targeting his sixth consecutive GP2 pole position.

Fourth quickest was Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly (DAMS), 0.639s off the pace and just eight thousandths quicker than compatriot Nathanael Berthon (Lazarus), while Richie Stanway (Status) slotted into sixth.

Bahrain race two winner Rio Haryanto (Campos) was the only other driver to lap within a second of Vandoorne, Alex Lynn (DAMS), Sauber tester Raffaele Marciello (Trident) and Evans’ teammate Artem Markelov completing the top 10 runners.

Pos
Driver
Team
Time
1
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:30.171
2
Mitch Evans
Russian Time
1:30.689
3
Alexander Rossi
Racing Engineering
1:30.767
4
Pierre Gasly
DAMS
1:30.810
5 Nathanael Berthon
Lazarus
1:30.818
6
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
1:30.943
7
Rio Haryanto
Campos Racing
1:31.010
8
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:31.173
9
Raffaele Marciello
Trident
1:31.191
10
Artem Markelov
Russian Time
1:31.313
11
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:31.414
12
Marco Sorensen
Carlin
1:31.446
13
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:31.465
14
Johnny Cecotto
Hilmer Motorsport
1:31.492
15
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:31.524
16
Andre Negrao
Arden International
1:31.540
17
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:31.581
18
Sergio Canamasas
MP Motorsport
1:31.596
19
Robert Visoiu
Rapax
1:31.888
20
Rene Binder
Trident
1:32.001
21
Zoel Amberg
Lazarus
1:32.046
22
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:32.108
23
Nick Yelloly
Hilmer Motorsport
1:32.182
24
Marlon Stockinger
Status Grand Prix
1:32.216
25
Norman Nato
Arden International
1:32.243
26
Sergey Sirotkin
Rapax
1:51.479

 

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Series GP2
Event Barcelona
Track Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Drivers Alexander Rossi , Mitch Evans , Stoffel Vandoorne
Teams ART Grand Prix
Article type Practice report