Vandoorne dominates Practice in Sochi

Image credit - GP2 Media Service

Image credit – GP2 Media Service

Stoffel Vandoorne has dominated Practice in Sochi and set the fastest time of 1:45.326 which was seven tenths ahead of his nearest rival.

The circuit was slippery in places due to a diesel spillage before F1’s Free Practice session earlier in the day. It dried out before the end of GP2 Practice so drivers could push without worry.

Raffaele Marciello set the first representative lap time with a 1:51.465 and then times began to tumble markedly.

Pierre Gasly and his DAMS team mate Alex Lynn both had a small stint at the top of the standings before Stoffel Vandoorne went a full second quicker.

Alexander Rossi was exploring the limits in the session and ran deep at turn two and later had a spin in the second sector. The American continued without hitting the wall.

The second half of the session was straightforward with drivers getting their setups dialed in. Stoffel Vandoorne ended Practice as the fastest man with his time of 1:45.326.

The Campos drivers finished second and third and it was Rio Haryanto who had the edge over Arthur Pic.

Position Driver Team Gap
1 S. Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:45.326
2 A. Pic Campos Racing 0.699
3 R. Haryanto Campos Racing 0.773
4 M. Evans RUSSIAN TIME 0.862
5 A. Lynn DAMS 0.890
6 P. Gasly DAMS 0.906
7 S. Sirotkin Rapax 0.964
8 A. Rossi Racing Engineering 1.122
9 R. Marciello Trident 1.174
10 N. Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1.347
11 A. Negrão Arden International 1.420
12 J. Cecotto Trident 1.576
13 N. Nato Arden International 1.608
14 A. Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1.692
15 R. Binder MP Motorsport 1.806
16 N. Latifi MP Motorsport 1.847
17 J. King Racing Engineering 1.850
18 S. Canamasas Daiko Team Lazarus 1.974
19 D. Stoneman Carlin 2.032
20 R. Stanaway Status Grand Prix 2.085
21 N. Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 2.105
22 M. Stöckinger Status Grand Prix 2.381
23 R. Visoiu Rapax 3.119
24 S. Gelael Carlin 3.633

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