Pietro Fittipaldi headed the field in the second Collective Test session of the World Series Formula V8 3.5 weekend at a chilly Silverstone on Friday morning.
The Brazilian, who has switched from Fortec Motorsports to race for the Charouz-run Lotus outfit in 2017, lapped the circuit in a time of 1:41.044s to top the session, and with having finished a close second in the first session, will now be favourite heading into this afternoons qualifying session to take his maiden series pole position.
Running Fittipaldi close though was Egor Orudzhev, who got within 0.043 seconds in his SMP Racing by AVF machine, while Thursday pacesetter Alfonso Celis Jr was again at the sharp end of the field, setting the third fastest time for Fortec Motorsports, just 0.173 seconds back on the fastest time.
Having only been confirmed to race this weekend on Thursday, Canadian Nelson Mason continued to impress as the Teo Martin Motorsport driver was an impressive fourth fastest, just 0.621 seconds down on the overall pace, just ahead of Mexican Diego Menchaca in the second Fortec entry.
Rene Binder was sixth for Lotus, just ahead of his 2016 team-mate Roy Nissany, who is this year racing for RP Motorsport, while SMP Racing by AVF’s Matevos Isaakyan ended the session eighth.
Konstantin Tereschenko was ninth in the second of the Teo Martin Motorsport entries ahead of Il Barone Rampante duo Damiano Fioravanti and Giuseppe Cipriani, but there was disappointment for Yu Kanamaru, who missed the session due to illness, although he is hoping to be out for qualifying.
Silverstone Collective Test 2 Results
|2||5||Egor Orudzhev||RUS||SMP Racing by AVF||1:41.087|
|3||7||Alfonso Celis Jr||MEX||Fortec Motorsports||1:41.217|
|4||10||Nelson Mason||CAN||Teo Martin Motorsport||1:41.665|
|5||8||Diego Menchaca||MEX||Fortec Motorsports||1:41.712|
|7||11||Roy Nissany||ISR||RP Motorsport||1:42.081|
|8||6||Matevos Isaakyan||RUS||SMP Racing by AVF||1:42.524|
|9||9||Konstantin Tereschenko||RUS||Teo Martin Motorsport||1:42.678|
|10||16||Damiano Fioravanti||ITA||Barone Rampante||1:42.939|
|11||15||Giuseppe Cipriani||ITA||Barone Rampante||1:44.924|
|12||12||Yu Kanamaru||JAP||RP Motorsport||No Time|