Spa F2: De Vries tops practice by 0.010s

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Spa F2: De Vries tops practice by 0.010s
By: Jack Benyon
Aug 24, 2018, 10:05 AM

McLaren junior Nyck de Vries continued his resurgent form by ending George Russell’s spell of three topped Formula 2 practice sessions in a row at Spa.

De Vries – who fought back and passed Lando Norris for victory in the Budapest feature race last time out – set his best time early on.

With the track not yet rubbered-in and only one previous session on the track, drivers scrambled for grip in the Ardennes mountains as oversteer afflicted most of the field.

None of the frontrunners improved on their later laps with all the top laps coming on the first run.

Hungary pole-sitter Sergio Sette Camara was just 0.010s down on De Vries’s 1m58.125s, with Mercedes junior Russell third quickest and four tenths adrift.

Norris had just 25 minutes to change his overalls, helmet and gloves after making his McLaren free practice debut in F1.

After beating Stoffel Vandoorne in the McLaren, he took fourth in the F2 session ahead of Ralph Boschung of MP Motorsport, albeit behind his Carlin teammate Sette Camara this time.

Italian drivers took the next two spots, with Luca Ghiotto (Campos) and Charouz Racing System’s Antonio Fuoco both seven tenths off the leader.

Alexander Albon placed eighth for DAMS, while Arden’s Maxi Gunther and Russell’s ART Grand Prix teammate Jack Aitken rounded out the top 10.

Last year’s feature race winner – albeit only after Charles Leclerc and Oliver Rowland were disqualified – Artem Markelov managed 11th.

The only newcomer in the field – GP3 graduate Dorian Boccolacci – took 15th in his first session with MP Motorsport.

Practice results

Cla # Driver Team Laps Time Gap
1 4 Netherlands Nyck de Vries Italy Prema Powerteam 13 1'58.125  
2 18 brazilSergio Sette Camara United Kingdom Carlin 16 1'58.135 0.010
3 8 United Kingdom George Russell France ART Grand Prix 17 1'58.600 0.475
4 19 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom Carlin 16 1'58.779 0.654
5 10 Switzerland Ralph Boschung Netherlands MP Motorsport 15 1'58.794 0.669
6 14 Italy Luca Ghiotto Spain Campos Racing 17 1'58.840 0.715
7 21 Italy Antonio Fuoco czech_republicCharouz Racing System 16 1'58.873 0.748
8 5 Thailand Alexander Albon France DAMS 15 1'59.104 0.979
9 11 germanyMaximilian Günther United Kingdom Arden International 16 1'59.147 1.022
10 7 United Kingdom Jack Aitken France ART Grand Prix 17 1'59.186 1.061
11 1 Russian Federation Artem Markelov Russian Federation RUSSIAN TIME 15 1'59.241 1.116
12 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi France DAMS 16 1'59.339 1.214
13 20 Switzerland Louis Deletraz czech_republicCharouz Racing System 16 1'59.448 1.323
14 3 Indonesia Sean Gelael Italy Prema Powerteam 15 1'59.458 1.333
15 9 France Dorian Boccolacci Netherlands MP Motorsport 15 1'59.490 1.365
16 16 India Arjun Maini Italy Trident 16 1'59.643 1.518
17 12 Japan Nirei Fukuzumi United Kingdom Arden International 15 1'59.757 1.632
18 2 Japan Tadasuke Makino Russian Federation RUSSIAN TIME 13 2'00.360 2.235
19 17 Italy Alessio Lorandi Italy Trident 17 2'00.793 2.668
20 15 Israel Roy Nissany Spain Campos Racing 15 2'00.816 2.691
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