Vandoorne sets early pace in Hungary

Image credit - GP2 Media Service

Image credit – GP2 Media Service

Championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne has set the early pace at the Hungaroring with a number of blistering laps.

The track temperatures at the Hungaroring were topping out at 50°C so tyre degradation was an issue for the drivers early on. Another problem was traffic as drivers sought to find free space on the circuit.

Alexander Rossi set the first flying lap with a 1:30.9 but the American’s time was soon eclipsed by a number of his rivals including Alex Lynn and Pierre Gasly.

Stoffel Vandoorne was the fastest driver after the first 15 minutes of activity; the Belgian’s lap time of 1:28.969 went unbeaten for the remainder of the session.

Sergio Canamasas and Norman Nato both had separate incidents at turn five when they lost grip and ran wide. The pair continued without any real damage.

Despite being fast early on, Rossi was forced to sit in the pits for a large chunk of the session as a front left brake problem was resolved by his mechanics.

The second half of the session saw very little change in the standings so Stoffel Vandoorne finished at the top ahead of Rio Haryanto, Alex Lynn, Arthur Pic and Pierre Gasly.

Debutante Sean Gelael finished the session in last place and half a second behind 25th placed man Nicholas Latifi who is making a return to the Series this weekend.

Position Driver Team Gap
1 S. Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:28.969
2 R. Haryanto Campos Racing 0.415
3 A. Lynn DAMS 0.530
4 A. Pic Campos Racing 0.583
5 P. Gasly DAMS 0.593
6 R. Marciello Trident 0.773
7 A. Negrão Arden International 0.828
8 N. Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport 0.887
9 S. Sirotkin Rapax 0.904
10 M. Evans RUSSIAN TIME 0.970
11 A. Rossi Racing Engineering 1.002
12 J. King Racing Engineering 1.104
13 N. Nato Arden International 1.195
14 D. De Jong MP Motorsport 1.406
15 J. Leal Carlin 1.506
16 R. Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1.606
17 N. Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1.609
18 R. Visoiu Rapax 1.794
19 R. Binder Trident 1.833
20 A. Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1.933
21 N. Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 1.961
22 M. Stöckinger Status Grand Prix 1.985
23 S. Canamasas Hilmer Motorsport 2.138
24 Z. Amberg Daiko Team Lazarus 2.606
25 N. Latifi MP Motorsport 2.705
26 S. Gelael Carlin 3.231

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