GP2

Coletti leads the way at Hockenheim

Stefano Coletti has opened his race weekend in Germany in fine style setting the quickest laptime of the free practice session in a 1:24.771, a tenth quicker than Stoffel Vandoorne. The Monegasque driver’s teammate Raffaele Marciello completed the top three.
The pitlane opened in scorching conditions with all twenty-six drivers feeding to the track on Medium Pirelli tyres. Series leader Jolyon Palmer set the early pace, but his teammate Stéphane Richelmi soon bettered the Briton’s laptime. Vandoorne was able to go even quicker but was edged out of the top stop by Coletti who lapped the German track in a 1:25.126 – 0.01s better than the Belgian driver.
Rookie Vandoorne found some clean air again, improving in the first two sectors and setting the third sector in purple. He dipped under 1m25s, but quickly after that Coletti was once again able to better the ART ace’s laptime by one tenth to sit pretty at the top of the timesheet. Behind the duo, Alexander Rossi put his Campos car in third, but as the temperature rose and with thirteen minutes left on the clock, rookie Marciello moved up to third. In the dying minutes, Conor Daly put his head down and on fresh rubbers moved up from P25 to fifth, finishing at the chequered flag ahead of Richelmi, teammate Nathanaël Berthon, Felipe Nasr, Johnny Cecotto and Rene Binder.
With everyone now up to speed with the circuit’s challenges, this afternoon’s qualifying session promises to be another GP2 classic.
Hockenheim – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
1:24.771
14
2.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:24.881
21
3.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
1:25.154
19
4.
Alexander Rossi
Campos Racing
1:25.177
20
5.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:25.228
21
6.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:25.271
20
7.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:25.299
19
8.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:25.329
23
9.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
1:25.355
21
10.
Rene Binder
Arden International
1:25.359
18
11.
Daniiel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:25.448
19
12.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:25.494
21
13.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:25.497
20
14.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
1:25.589
19
15.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:25.671
16
16.
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
1:25.676
16
17.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:25.719
20
18.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:25.736
22
19
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:25.792
22
20.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:25.841
18
21.
Tom Dillmann
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:25.911
29
22.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
1:25.964
19
23.
André Negrao
Arden International
1:26.031
18
24.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:26.139
18
25.
Marco Sorensen
MP Motorsport
1:26.314
12
26.
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:26.672
12