Gasly leads the way in Silverstone Free Practice

Pierre Gasly - Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service

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

121Pierre GaslyFRAPrema Racing1:39.890
22Sergey SirotkinRUSART Grand Prix1:40.045
312Arthur PicFRARapax1:40.154
420Antonio GiovinazziITAPrema Racing1:40.217
55Alex LynnGBRDAMS1:40.227
63Norman NatoFRARacing Engineering1:40.249
722Oliver RowlandGBRMP Motorsport1:40.365
84Jordan KingGBRRacing Engineering1:40.507
91Nobuharu MatsushitaJAPART Grand Prix1:40.647
1010Artem MarkelovRUSRussian Time1:40.671
117Mitch EvansNZLCampos Racing1:40.704
1215Luca GhiottoITATrident1:40.760
139Raffaele MarcielloITARussian Time1:40.888
1419Marvin KirchhoferGERCarlin1:40.959
1518Sergio CanamasasESPCarlin1:41.111
166Nicholas LatifiCANDAMS1:41.215
1724Nabil JeffriMAYArden International1:41.696
1811Gustav MaljaSWERapax1:41.705
1923Daniel de JongNEDMP Motorsport1:42.426
208Sean GelaelINOCampos Racing1:42.594
2114Philo Paz ArmandINOTrident1:42.685
2225Jimmy ErikssonSWEArden International1:43.034