Silverstone GP2: Raffaele Marciello sets practice pace
|By Charles Bradley||Friday, July 4th 2014, 11:54 GMT|
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