Gasly dominates Hungaroring Free Practice

Pierre Gasly - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Fresh off his maiden GP2 Series victory two weeks ago at Silverstone, Pierre Gasly comfortably ended the sole practice session at the Hungaroring with the quickest time.

With drivers struggling for grip due after the track was completely resurfaced ahead of the event, the Red Bull-backed Prema Racing driver set a time of 1:27.138, almost half a second clear of the chasing pack, with Gasly 0.457 seconds clear of DAMSAlex Lynn.

Lynn was one driver to improve substantially on his second run to move into second ahead of Sergey Sirotkin of ART Grand Prix, while Raffaele Marciello ended the session fourth for Russian Time.

Nobuharu Matsushita made it two ART’s inside the top five, with the Japanese racer just ahead of Arden International’s Norman Nato, while championship leader Oliver Rowland was seventh for MP Motorsport.

Antonio Giovinazzi was eighth quickest for Prema Racing but was more than one second adrift of his team-mate out front, while Luca Ghiotto, a podium finisher in the Sprint race at Silverstone two weeks ago was ninth for Trident.

Sergio Canamasas completed the top ten for Carlin despite a quick spin a turn twelve, with a number of other drivers finding themselves running wide at turns one and eleven as they got acclimatised to the new track surface.

Hungaroring Free Practice Result

121Pierre GaslyFRAPrema Racing1:27.138
25Alex LynnGBRDAMS1:27.595
32Sergey SirotkinRUSART Grand Prix1:27.656
49Raffaele MarcielloITARussian Time1:27.860
51Nobuharu MatsushitaJAPART Grand Prix1:27.878
63Norman NatoFRARacing Engineering1:27.951
722Oliver RowlandGBRMP Motorsport1:28.093
820Antonio GiovinazziITAPrema Racing1:28.255
915Luca GhiottoITATrident1:28.270
1018Sergio CanamasasESPCarlin1:28.416
1110Artem MarkelovRUSRussian Time1:28.420
124Jordan KingGBRRacing Engineering1:28.453
1319Marvin KirchhoferGERCarlin1:28.460
1412Arthur PicFRARapax1:28.480
156Nicholas LatifiCANDAMS1:28.570
1611Gustav MaljaSWERapax1:28.658
178Sean GelaelINOCampos Racing1:28.730
187Mitch EvansNZLCampos Racing1:28.778
1923Daniel de JongNEDMP Motorsport1:28.782
2014Philo Paz ArmandINOTrident1:29.204
2124Nabil JeffriMAYArden International1:29.514
2225Jimmy ErikssonSWEArden International1:29.777