Mikkel Mac was the early pacesetter in the FIA Formula Two Championship round at the Nurburgring. The Danish driver recorded the quickest time in the first free practice session at the German circuit.
The 18-year-old newcomer used his experience of the track that he gained in Formula Renault NEC last year to go quickest around half an hour into the 45 minute session.
The session started in wet conditions after an earlier rain shower. It was Jordan King who was quickest for the first part of the session, the 17-year-old once again impressing following his F2 debut last weekend at Spa.
As the track started to become dry local driver Johannes Theobald went fastest, before Christopher Zanella took top spot. King, Alex Brundle and Mirko Bortolotti all took turns at the top before Mac went quickest on the now dry track.
Mac improved his time in the closing stages, with Bortolotti going second ahead of Armaan Ebrahim. Will Bratt was fourth ahead of fellow Brit Jack Clarke. Miki Monras was sixth with King finishing the session in seventh place. Tobias Hegewald was eighth at his home track, with Zanella and Brundle slipping to ninth and tenth.
Last year's runner-up Jolyon Palmer could only manage 14th fastest as he learns the track ahead of the GP2 race here in three weeks' time. Debutant Fabio Gamberini was 23rd of the 24 runners.
1. Mikkel Mac, 1:51.199s
2. Mirko Bortolotti, +0.166s
3. Armaan Ebrahim, +0.167s
4. Will Bratt, +0.233s
5. Jack Clarke, +0.460s
6. Miki Monras, +0.584s
7. Jordan King, +0.602s
8. Tobias Hegewald, +0.663s
9. Christopher Zanella, +0.771s
10. Alex Brundle, +0.774s