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.
|1||Stoffel Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||1:28.969|
|2||Rio Haryanto||Campos Racing||1:29.384||0.415|
|4||Arthur Pic||Campos Racing||1:29.552||0.583|
|7||Andre Negrao||Arden International||1:29.797||0.828|
|8||Nick Yelloly||Hilmer Motorsport||1:29.856||0.887|
|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|
|16||Richie Stanaway||Status Grand Prix||1:30.575||1.606|
|17||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||1:30.578||1.609|
|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|