Christopher Zanella tops first F2 practice at Spa
|By Jack Nicholls||Friday, June 22nd 2012, 10:30 GMT|
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