Pierre Gasly was in dominant form as he ended the free practice session at Silverstone on top, the only driver to get beneath the 1:40 second barrier.
The Red Bull-backed Frenchman, still looking for his first GP2 Series victory, took his Prema Racing machine to the top of the time sheets with a lap of 1:39.890, 0.155 seconds clear of ART Grand Prix’s Sergey Sirotkin.
Arthur Pic was a strong third for Rapax, 0.264 seconds back on Gasly, while the in-form Antonio Giovinazzi was fourth in the second Prema entry, just 0.010 seconds clear of the leading British runner Alex Lynn of DAMS.
Norman Nato was a further 0.022 seconds back in sixth for Racing Engineering, with the Frenchman eager to get back into his stride after a pointless Red Bull Ring weekend last week, while Oliver Rowland was seventh for MP Motorsport ahead of last weekends Sprint race winner Jordan King.
The returning Nobuharu Matsushita was ninth for ART Grand Prix after sitting out the Austrian weekend due to a stewards decision following the safety car melees at Baku, while Artem Markelov completed the top ten for Russian Time ahead of Austria feature race winner Mitch Evans.
Luca Ghiotto brought out a yellow flag and then the virtual safety car when he stopped his Trident on track. The Italian finished twelfth fastest, just ahead of championship leader Raffaele Marciello.
Silverstone Free Practice Result
|1||21||Pierre Gasly||FRA||Prema Racing||1:39.890|
|2||2||Sergey Sirotkin||RUS||ART Grand Prix||1:40.045|
|4||20||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Prema Racing||1:40.217|
|6||3||Norman Nato||FRA||Racing Engineering||1:40.249|
|7||22||Oliver Rowland||GBR||MP Motorsport||1:40.365|
|8||4||Jordan King||GBR||Racing Engineering||1:40.507|
|9||1||Nobuharu Matsushita||JAP||ART Grand Prix||1:40.647|
|10||10||Artem Markelov||RUS||Russian Time||1:40.671|
|11||7||Mitch Evans||NZL||Campos Racing||1:40.704|
|13||9||Raffaele Marciello||ITA||Russian Time||1:40.888|
|17||24||Nabil Jeffri||MAY||Arden International||1:41.696|
|19||23||Daniel de Jong||NED||MP Motorsport||1:42.426|
|20||8||Sean Gelael||INO||Campos Racing||1:42.594|
|21||14||Philo Paz Armand||INO||Trident||1:42.685|
|22||25||Jimmy Eriksson||SWE||Arden International||1:43.034|