Vandoorne leads Practice on home soil

Image credit - GP2 Media Service

Image credit – GP2 Media Service

Championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne finished Practice in Belgium as the fastest driver with a small advantage over a resurgent Mitch Evans.

Sergey Sirotkin and his team mate Robert Visoiu led the field out onto the circuit and it was the Russian driver who set the early pace with a 1:58.154. Alexander Rossi soon eclipsed his rival by two tenths of a second.

Brits Alex Lynn and Oliver Rowland jumped up into the top five with almost identical lap times while Stoffel Vandoorne took provisional top spot with a lap four tenths quicker than anyone else.

Bus Stop Chicane caught out Artem Markelov in the early stages of the session when the Russian lost control of the rear of his car. Debutante Gustav Malja suffered a similar problem and stalled his Trident while doing so. He took no part in the remainder of the session.

Pouhon was another corner causing drivers some problems. Daniël de Jong, Sergio Canamasas and Richie Stanaway were three drivers who ran wide at the fast left hander.

Practice ended after 45 minutes with home boy Stoffel Vandoorne quickest with a time of 1:57.486. The Belgian led Mitch Evans, Alexander Rossi, Alex Lynn and Oliver Rowland.

Arthur Pic crashed at T9 just as the checquered flag came out at the end of the session; the Frenchman had already set a lap time good enough for P8 in his Campos.

Position Driver Team Gap
1 S. Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:57.486
2 M. Evans RUSSIAN TIME 0.154
3 A. Rossi Racing Engineering 0.245
4 A. Lynn DAMS 0.347
5 O. Rowland MP Motorsport 0.355
6 P. Gasly DAMS 0.385
7 S. Sirotkin Rapax 0.622
8 A. Pic Campos Racing 0.655
9 J. King Racing Engineering 0.702
10 R. Marciello Trident 0.745
11 N. Nato Arden International 0.763
12 S. Canamasas Daiko Team Lazarus 0.857
13 A. Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 0.960
14 D. De Jong MP Motorsport 0.977
15 R. Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1.010
16 A. Negrão Arden International 1.258
17 R. Haryanto Campos Racing 1.336
18 N. Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 1.380
19 J. Leal Carlin 1.398
20 M. Stöckinger Status Grand Prix 1.716
21 N. Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1.723
22 N. Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport 1.746
23 R. Visoiu Rapax 2.124
24 S. Gelael Carlin 3.197
25 G. Malja Trident 3.708
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