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Silverstone GP2: Raffaele Marciello sets practice pace

Raffaele Marciello, Racing Engineering, Silverstone GP2 2014

Raffaele Marciello set the fastest time in the 45-minute GP2 free practice session at Silverstone on Friday morning for Racing Engineering.

The Ferrari protege was in sparkling form, recording lap after lap that kept him at the top of timing screens. He set out his stall with a 1m41.322s, before lowering it to 1m41.167s then 1m41.127s.

Both of the latter times were good enough for the top spot, as his team-mate Stefano Coletti's best effort was a 1m41.261s, before he visited the Club gravel after a big lock-up.

Alexander Rossi was third fastest for Caterham, his session notable in that he was wearing the helmet of his team-mate Rio Haryanto, and for a huge spin at Becketts, from which he was lucky to escape without hitting anything.

Points leader Jolyon Palmer was fourth fastest for DAMS, but looked ragged and suffered a few off-course excursions, the first Chapel and then at Abbey.

Trident's Johnny Cecotto Jr was fifth quickest, ahead of Felipe Nasr, whose Carlin car stopped on the Hangar Straight right at the end of the session.

Pos Driver               Team                Time     Gap       Laps
 1. Raffaele Marciello   Racing Engineering  1m41.127s           16
 2. Stefano Coletti      Racing Engineering  1m41.261s  +0.134s  14
 3. Alexander Rossi      Caterham            1m41.274s  +0.147s  8 
 4. Jolyon Palmer        DAMS                1m41.404s  +0.277s  17
 5. Johnny Cecotto Jr    Trident             1m41.448s  +0.321s  19
 6. Felipe Nasr          Carlin              1m41.453s  +0.326s  16
 7. Stephane Richelmi    DAMS                1m41.480s  +0.353s  1?
 8. Stoffel Vandoorne    ART                 1m41.668s  +0.541s  18
 9. Daniel de Jong       MP                  1m41.729s  +0.602s  18
10. Mitch Evans          Russian Time        1m41.737s  +0.610s  19
11. Julian Leal          Carlin              1m41.747s  +0.620s  18
12. Sergio Canamasas     Trident             1m41.892s  +0.765s  18
13. Rio Haryanto         Caterham            1m41.896s  +0.769s  16
14. Simon Trummer        Rapax               1m42.041s  +0.914s  18
15. Conor Daly           Lazarus             1m42.145s  +1.018s  16
16. Daniel Abt           Hilmer              1m42.151s  +1.024s  20
17. Andre Negrao         Arden               1m42.153s  +1.026s  15
18. Nathanael Berthon    Lazarus             1m42.161s  +1.034s  17
19. Marco Sorensen       MP                  1m42.209s  +1.082s  17
20. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs  Rapax               1m42.299s  +1.172s  18
21. Arthur Pic           Campos              1m42.474s  +1.347s  17
22. Artem Markelov       Russian Time        1m42.675s  +1.548s  18
23. Kimiya Sato          Campos              1m42.826s  +1.699s  18
24. Takuya Izawa         ART                 1m42.941s  +1.814s  19
25. Jon Lancaster        Hilmer              1m43.180s  +2.053s  19
26. Rene Binder          Arden               1m43.316s  +2.189s  16

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