GP2

Julian Leal leads the way at the Red Bull Ring

Carlin’s Julian Leal has opened the fourth round of the season in fine style: the Colombian set the quickest laptime of this morning’s free practice session in a 1:15.652 ahead of Racing Engineering’s teammates Raffaele Marciello and Stefano Coletti.
The session opened on a treacherous track as light rain fell on the Austrian circuit. The twenty-six drivers however all opted to get a taste of the Red Bull Ring on Pirelli Medium tyres. Series leader Jolyon Palmer set the early pace, but as the drivers got to grips with this new venue, the laptimes rapidly tumbled down and after ten minutes it was Alexander Rossi who was sitting pretty at the top in a 1:16.544.
Halfway through the session, Palmer was able to find some extra pace to move back up to P1 but his time was immediately bettered by Coletti whilst Marciello moved up to second. Felipe Nasr was the first man to break under 1m16s, but Ferrari’s protégé Marciello went quicker to edge the Brazilian out of the top spot. In the dying minutes, Leal put his head down and was able to set the best laptime of the session, one tenth quicker than the Italian. At the chequered flag, the rain picked up again and no one improved on their last attempt. Leal, Marciello, Coletti, Nasr, Johnny Cecotto, Mitch Evans, Daniel Abt, Rene Binder, Stoffel Vandoorne and Palmer completed the top ten.
With the weather being unpredictable and everyone still fairly new to the track, this afternoon’s qualifying session promises to be interesting.
Spielberg – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:15.652
24
2.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
1:15.768
20
3.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
1:15.830
23
4.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:15.944
21
5.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
1:16.189
26
6.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:16.192
24
7.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:16.300
25
8.
Rene Binder
Arden International
1:16.426
22
9.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:16.463
22
10.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:16.502
24
11.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:16.544
20
12.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:16.572
21
13.
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
1:16.620
24
14.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:16.620
24
15.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:16.721
24
16.
Daniiel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:16.865
22
17.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:16.888
21
18.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:17.104
24
19
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
1:17.169
23
20.
Facu Regalia
Hilmer Motorsport
1:17.169
23
21.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:17.171
22
22.
André Negrao
Arden International
1:17.288
20
23.
Tio Ellinas
MP Motorsport
1:17.300
22
24.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
1:17.370
22
25.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
1:17.605
22
26.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:17.785
16