Aitken puts in late flyer to end Hockenheim Practice on top

2016 GP3 Series Round 5 Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany Friday 29 July 2016. Jack Aitken (GBR, Arden International) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service. ref: Digital Image _SBB0364

A late lap from Jack Aitken saw the Arden International driver top the GP3 Series free practice. The Brit, who set a time of 1min 28.955 made the most of the rubbered-in Hockenheim surface towards the end.

As practice got underway, it was championship contender Charles Leclerc who quickly took the lead. The times soon tumbled with the track remaining dry as the session ticked away.

Leclerc and the on-form Jake Dennis were the first drivers to drop below the 1min 31sec barrier as their rivals jostled for space.

The second half of the begun with Ralph Boschung taking third. The rest of the grid would finally join Leclerc and Dennis in the one minute 30 second range before the session ended. It wasn’t long though, before Dennis himself was bumped down the order with Steijn Schothorst taking second.

Having been fairly quiet for the majority of the session, Santino Ferrucci surprised many after going top by almost a second. The field immediately responded and after a late flurry of times Leclerc worked his way back to the front.

A red flag in the dying minutes put pay to any new fastest laps, but it was too late for Leclerc who had already lost the lead to Aitken. Behind them, Antonio Fuoco saved a poor session to finish third as, like Aitken, he put in a late fast lap. Giuliano Alesi, Ferrucci and Schothorst, who caused the red flag, eventually rounded out the top six.

Hockenheimring Practice Results

111Jack AitkenGBRArden International1m28.955
21Charles LeclercMONART Grand Prix1m29.086
35Antonio FuocoITATrident1m29.182
47Giuliano AlesiFRATrident1m29.215
526Santino FerrucciUSADAMS 1m29.274
623Steijn SchothorstNEDCampos Racing1m29.288
727Jake HughesGBRDAMS 1m29.293
83Alexander AlbonTHAART Grand Prix1m29.299
99Jake DennisGBRArden International1m29.386
104Nyck de VriesNEDART Grand Prix1m29.400
1122Alex PalouESPCampos Racing1m29.603
122Nirei FukuzumiJPNART Grand Prix1m29.644
1314Matthew ParryGBRKoiranen GP1m29.647
146Artur JanoszPOLTrident1m29.671
1517Ralph BoschungSUIKoiranen GP1m29.743
1620Arjun MainiINDJenzer Motorsport1m29.899
178Sandy StuvikTHATrident1m29.981
1824Konstantin TereschenkoRUSCampos Racing1m30.084
1928Kevin J?rgSUIDAMS 1m30.096
2016Matevos IsaakyanRUSKoiranen GP1m30.220
2110Tatiana CalderonCOLArden International1m30.347
2218Akash NandyMASJenzer Motorsport1m30.926