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Christopher Zanella tops first F2 practice at Spa

Christopher Zanella Christopher Zanella topped the timesheets at the end of the first Formula 2 free practice session at Spa.

Having won the previous race at the Nurburgring, the Swiss driver picked up where he left off, setting the fastest lap with 10 minutes of the session remaining.

Zanella opted to only go out once in the 45-minute session, and after bedding in new brake pads for the first three laps, promptly outpaced Alex Fontana.

Fontana would remain second until the end of the session, less than two tenths behind his compatriot.

Newcomer Vittorio Ghirelli impressed to finish third quickest ahead of Markus Pommer. Championship leader Luciano Bacheta could only manage fifth quickest, with Kevin Mirocha and Matheo Tuscher behind.

Dino Zamparelli was the first of the Brits, edging out Daniel McKenzie for eighth place, with a strong performance from Parthiva Sureshwaren saw the Indian driver complete the top 10.

Pos  Driver                Time       Gap
 1.  Christopher Zanella   2m05.366s
 2.  Alex Fontana          2m05.548s  + 0.182s
 3.  Vittorio Ghirelli     2m05.673s  + 0.307s
 4.  Markus Pommer         2m05.864s  + 0.498s
 5.  Luciano Bacheta       2m05.913s  + 0.547s
 6.  Kevin Mirocha         2m05.948s  + 0.582s
 7.  Matheo Tuscher        2m06.129s  + 0.763s
 8.  Dino Zamparelli       2m06.160s  + 0.794s
 9.  Daniel McKenzie       2m06.319s  + 0.953s
10.  Parthiva Sureshwaren  2m06.716s  + 1.350s
11.  Mihai Marinescu       2m06.893s  + 1.527s
12.  Plamen Kralev         2m07.236s  + 1.870s
13.  Maxim Snegirev        2m07.375s  + 2.009s
14.  David Zhu             2m07.378s  + 2.012s
15.  Mauro Calamia         2m07.467s  + 2.101s
16.  Hector Hurst          2m07.582s  + 2.216s
17.  Axcil Jefferies       2m07.851s  + 2.485s
18.  Kourosh Khani         2m08.239s  + 2.873s
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