Austria GP2: Sirotkin on top in practice

Sergey Sirotkin proved the man to beat in practice for this weekend’s GP2 races at the Red Bull Ring, beating Mitch Evans and Stoffel Vandoorne to top the timesheets.

Austria GP2: Sirotkin on top in practice
Sergey Sirotkin, Rapax Team
Third place Sergey Sirotkin, Rapax
Mitch Evans, RUSSIAN TIME
Stoffel Vandoorne, ART Grand Prix
Alexander Rossi, Racing Engineering

Points leader Vandoorne traded fastest times with Sirotkin for much of the early part of the session,  before Evans, fresh from competing in last weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours, beat the ART driver’s best effort of 1m15.223s by 0.022 seconds to take the top spot.

Sirotkin then responded with a 1m15.142s to move back into first, before finding almost three tenths to cement his stranglehold on the session with a 1m14.880s, 0.321s faster than Evans.

Pierre Gasly’s DAMS-run machine grinding to a halt at the exit of Turn 7 then briefly brought out the red flags, and the top three of Sirotkin (Rapax), Evans (Russian Time) and Vandoorne remained unchanged in the final few minutes of running when the session got back under way.

Racing Engineering driver Alexander Rossi jumped to fourth, 0.392s off the pace, after the red flag interlude, with Gasly’s teammate Alex Lynn completing the top five just seven thousandths slower than the American.

Ferrari protégé Raffaele Marciello (Trident) went sixth fastest ahead of Gasly, with Campos duo Rio Haryanto and Arthur Pic next up and Hilmer’s Nick Yelloly completing the top 10.

Practice times:

PosDriverTeamTimeGap
1 Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1:14.880  
2 Mitch Evans Russian Time 1:15.201 0.321
3 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:15.223 0.343
4 Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1:15.272 0.392
5 Alex Lynn DAMS 1:15.279 0.399
6 Raffaele Marciello Trident 1:15.407 0.527
7 Pierre Gasly DAMS 1:15.503 0.623
8 Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1:15.568 0.688
9 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:15.569 0.689
10 Nick Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport 1:15.678 0.798
11 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:15.692 0.812
12 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1:15.701 0.821
13 Rene Binder Trident 1:15.710 0.830
14 Andre Negrao Arden International 1:15.736 0.856
15 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1:15.817 0.937
16 Robert Visoiu Rapax 1:15.971 1.091
17 Marco Sorensen Carlin 1:16.069 1.189
18 Norman Nato Arden International 1:16.073 1.193
19 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:16.099 1.219
20 Julian Leal Carlin 1:16.236 1.356
21 Zoel Amberg Lazarus 1:16.343 1.463
22 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:16.422 1.542
23 Nathanael Berthon Lazarus 1:16.582 1.702
24 Artem Markelov Russian Time 1:16.701 1.821
25 Simon Trummer Hilmer Motorsport 1:16.878 1.998
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