Monza GP2: Gasly and Markelov set practice pace, both suffer car problems

GP2 championship leader Pierre Gasly was quickest in practice at Monza, leading Artem Markelov by 0.152s before both drivers stopped on the same straight.

Monza GP2: Gasly and Markelov set practice pace, both suffer car problems

The practice session of the championship's final European venue was an eventful one, as the VSC was brought out three times.

It was first deployed for Jimmy Eriksson's car coming to a halt on the exit of the first chicane, leaving the Swede without a laptime in the session.

Championship leader Pierre Gasly took first from Artem Markelov at around 15 minutes into the session, but the cars of both drivers soon slowed down at the same time just a few metres away from each other.

The third and longest VSC stint came with 13 minutes to go after Philo Paz Armand spun while accelerating from the second Lesmo corner, breaking both his front and rear wing.

Despite not taking part after pulling over, Gasly's time of 1m31.990s remained the benchmark, with Markelov second and the other Prema of Antonio Giovinazzi taking third.

Campos driver Mitch Evans was fourth, with Jordan King ending up more than half a second off the pace in fifth.

Rookie trio Oliver Rowland, Luca Ghiotto and Marvin Kirchhofer completed the top eight, followed by Rapax's Arthur Pic and DAMS driver Alex Lynn.

Title contender Sergey Sirotkin ended up 11th, more than eight tenths slower than Gasly.

Practice results

Cla#DriverTeamTimeGap
1 21  Pierre Gasly   Prema Powerteam 1'31.990  
2 10  Artem Markelov   RUSSIAN TIME 1'32.142 0.152
3 20  Antonio Giovinazzi   Prema Powerteam 1'32.225 0.235
4 7  Mitch Evans   Campos Racing 1'32.413 0.423
5 4  Jordan King   Racing Engineering 1'32.514 0.524
6 22  Oliver Rowland   MP Motorsport 1'32.604 0.614
7 15  Luca Ghiotto   Trident 1'32.666 0.676
8 19  Marvin Kirchhofer   Carlin 1'32.718 0.728
9 12  Arthur Pic   Rapax 1'32.772 0.782
10 5  Alex Lynn   DAMS 1'32.794 0.804
11 2  Sergey Sirotkin   ART Grand Prix 1'32.809 0.819
12 6  Nicholas Latifi   DAMS 1'32.939 0.949
13 3  Norman Nato   Racing Engineering 1'33.068 1.078
14 1  Nobuharu Matsushita   ART Grand Prix 1'33.121 1.131
15 8  Sean Gelael   Campos Racing 1'33.340 1.350
16 18  Sergio Canamasas   Carlin 1'33.341 1.351
17 11  Gustav Malja   Rapax 1'33.421 1.431
18 24  Nabil Jeffri   Arden International 1'33.502 1.512
19 9  Raffaele Marciello   RUSSIAN TIME 1'33.525 1.535
20 23  Daniel de Jong   MP Motorsport 1'33.942 1.952
21 14  Philo Paz Armand   Trident 1'34.021 2.031
22 25  Jimmy Eriksson   Arden International    
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