Leclerc Leads Rowland in Silverstone Free Practice

Charles Leclerc topped free practice at Silverstone - Credit: Malcolm Griffiths/FIA Formula 2

Championship leader Charles Leclerc set the pace during Thursday’s Free Practice session at Silverstone, with the Prema Racing driver more than three-tenths of a second clear of the field.

Leclerc was the only driver to dip below 1:41s during the session, which was run fully on the Hard compound tyre by all, with Pirelli bringing that compound and the Soft to Silverstone this weekend, with the Monegasque driver setting a best time of 1:40.695s.

Oliver Rowland, who currently sits second in the standings heading into his home event, finished second fastest with a 1:41.010s, while Luca Ghiotto finished third for Russian Time, a further 0.237 seconds down on the DAMS driver.

Nicholas Latifi, currently going through the best form of his FIA Formula 2 Championship career, was fourth fastest in the second DAMS entry, just ahead of the second Russian Time entry of Artem Markelov, who comes to Silverstone having secured his second victory of the season last weekend at the Red Bull Ring.

Rapax duo Sergio Canamasas and Nyck de Vries were sixth and eighth respectively, either side of British racer Jordan King of MP Motorsport, while Pertamina Arden’s Norman Nato and Racing Engineering’s Louis Delétraz completed the top ten.

In his first practice outing in Formula 2 machinery, Callum Ilott ended the session down in eighteenth position for Trident with a best time of 1:42.314s, 0.003 seconds faster than team-mate Nabil Jeffri.

Silverstone Free Practice Result

11Charles LeclercMONPrema Racing1:40.695
29Oliver RowlandGBRDAMS1:41.010
35Luca GhiottoITARussian Time1:41.247
410Nicholas LatifiCANDAMS1:41.283
56Artem MarkelovRUSRussian Time1:41.316
619Sergio CanamasasITARapax1:41.328
715Jordan KingGBRMP Motorsport1:41.329
818Nyck de VriesNEDRapax1:41.359
920Norman NatoFRAPertamina Arden1:41.377
103Louis DeletrazSWIRacing Engineering1:41.631
1114Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMP Motorsport1:41.660
124Gustav MaljaSWERacing Engineering1:41.742
132Antonio FuocoITAPrema Racing1:41.755
147Nobuharu MatsushitaJAPART Grand Prix1:41.824
158Alexander AlbonTHAART Grand Prix1:41.885
1621Sean GelaelINOPertamina Arden1:42.224
1711Ralph BoschungSWICampos Racing1:42.284
1817Callum IlottGBRTrident1:42.314
1916Nabil JeffriMAYTrident1:42.317
2012Robert VisoiuROMCampos Racing1:42.677