Marciello Leads Racing Engineering 1-2 in Silverstone Practice

by Paul Hensby

Raffaele Marciello continued his impressive form by setting the best time in a blustery practice ahead of this weekends GP2 Series round at Silverstone. The Racing Engineering driver set a best lap time of 1:41.127s to beat team-mate Stefano Coletti by 0.134s.

After struggling for the opening few rounds, Ferrari Driver Academy driver Marciello has come alive in the last couple of races, and after taking his first points and podium finishes in Austria two weeks ago, set the best time of a competitive Silverstone practice session.

Third place in the session went to American Alexander Rossi for EQ8 Caterham Racing. One of the pre-season championship favourites has had a dreadful 2014, and like Marciello scored his first points of the season in Austria. Rossi was only 0.013s behind second placed Coletti.

Championship leader Jolyon Palmer placed fourth for DAMS, ahead of the winners of the Austrian Sprint and Feature races Johnny Cecotto Jr of Trident Racing and Felipe Nasr of Carlin respectively. Monaco Sprint race winner Stephane Richelmi was seventh in the second DAMS, just ahead of Bahrain Feature race winner Stoffel Vandoorne of ART Grand Prix.

MP Motorsport’s Dutch driver Daniel de Jong took an impressive ninth, while Russian Time racer Mitch Evans completed the top ten.

De Jong’s new MP Motorsport team-mate Marco Sorensen set the nineteenth fastest time in the session. It was the first time the Dane drove a GP2 car in his career, and he set a best lap time just over a second slower than Marciello’s pace setting time.

Silverstone Practice Times

1 Raffaele Marciello ITA Racing Engineering 1:41.127
2 Stefano Coletti MON Racing Engineering 1:41.261
3 Alexander Rossi USA EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:41.274
4 Jolyon Palmer GBR DAMS 1:41.404
5 Johnny Cecotto Jr VEN Trident Racing 1:41.448
6 Felipe Nasr BRZ Carlin 1:41.453
7 Stephane Richelmi MON DAMS 1:41.480
8 Stoffel Vandoorne BEL ART Grand Prix 1:41.668
9 Daniel de Jong NED MP Motorsport 1:41.729
10 Mitch Evans NZL RT Russian Time 1:41.737
11 Julian Leal COL Carlin 1:41.747
12 Sergio Canamasas ESP Trident Racing 1:41.892
13 Rio Haryanto INO EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:41.896
14 Simon Trummer SWI Rapax 1:42.041
15 Conor Daly USA Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:42.145
16 Daniel Abt GER Hilmer Motorsport 1:42.151
17 Andre Negrao BRZ Arden International 1:42.153
18 Nathanael Berthon FRA Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:42.161
19 Marco Sorensen DEN MP Motorsport 1:42.209
20 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs GBR Rapax 1:42.299
21 Arthur Pic FRA Campos Racing 1:42.474
22 Artem Markelov RUS RT Russian Time 1:42.675
23 Kimiya Sato JAP Campos Racing 1:42.826
24 Takuya Izawa JAP ART Grand Prix 1:42.941
25 Jon Lancaster GBR Hilmer Motorsport 1:43.180
26 Rene Binder AUT Arden International 1:43.316

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