Cool but sunny weather greeted the teams and drivers for Practice at midday in Belgium. Johnny Cecotto led René Binder and the rest of the field out onto the track.
After an initial tyre warm-up lap, Cecotto got on the gas and went to set the first fast lap. The Venezuelan got too trigger happy out of turn eight and got the back end of his Trident car sliding. Sergio Canamasas topped the time sheets after the first laps from all the drivers with a 1:58.370.
The first half of the session was relatively quiet and at the midpoint it was led by Cecotto who confirmed the pace of the Trident car ahead of: Julián Leal, Nat Berthon, Stoffel Vandoorne and Sergio Canamasas.
RT RUSSIAN TIME’s Artem Markelov was struggling to break the two minute barrier but the Russian driver eventually reached the feat; he moved up into P24.
Improvements began to be made across the field and it was Leal who took to the top of the timing board. The Colombian’s time of 1:57.877 went unbeaten for the remainder of the session. Simon Trummer looked to be able to go to P1 with a purple first sector but then bailed on his lap in the middle sector.
Stefano Coletti suffered a spin through the exit of T13 and then stopped on the circuit. As the Racing Engineering car was stuck in gear, the red flags were brought out to recover the car.
With four minutes left on the clock some drivers went out to get another lap under their belts. Conor Daly was the only driver to make an improvement with a fresh set of tyres on his wagon. The American ended the session in P5.
|4||Berthon||Venezuela GP Lazarus||0.414|
|5||Daly||Venezuela GP Lazarus||0.425|
|6||Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||0.462|
|10||Evans||RT RUSSIAN TIME||0.562|
|16||Haryanto||EQ8 Caterham Racing||0.923|
|17||Izawa||ART Grand Prix||1.012|
|18||Dillmann||EQ8 Caterham Racing||1.046|
|23||De Jong||MP Motorsport||1.434|
|25||Markelov||RT RUSSIAN TIME||1.654|