Spa GP2: Julian Leal heads practice for Carlin
|Friday, August 22nd 2014, 11:05 GMT|
Julian Leal topped GP2 practice at Spa-Francorchamps for Carlin, in a session that was marred by a red flag towards the end.
Johnny Cecotto Jr looked to have the pace early on, but Leal went quickest with a 1m57.877s - making him the only driver to go into the 1m57s all session.
Stefano Coletti then brought the red flags out having gone wide into the gravel, and spun back onto the road. He did well to avoid contact with the barriers, but was unable to get moving again, and had to end his session early.
After the marshals cleared the stricken Racing Engineering Dallara from the middle of the track, and swept away the gravel strewn across track in the incident, only four minutes remained of the session and no one was able to improve.
Cecotto finished the session second, 0.1 seconds behind, with Raffaele Marciello 0.3s behind Leal's time in third.
An encouraging start to the weekend for the Lazarus team allowed Nathanael Berthon to end the session fourth, ahead of team-mate Conor Daly in fifth.
Home driver Stoffel Vandoorne and Sergio Canamasas finished sixth and seventh, and Coletti retained eighth position despite his early exit.
Stephane Richelmi and Mitch Evans rounded out the top 10.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Julian Leal Carlin 1m57.877s 2. Johnny Cecotto Jr Trident 1m58.030s +0.153s 3. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1m58.265s +0.388s 4. Nathanael Berthon Lazarus 1m58.291s +0.414s 5. Conor Daly Lazarus 1m58.302s +0.425s 6. Stoffel Vandoorne ART 1m58.339s +0.462s 7. Sergio Canamasas Trident 1m58.370s +0.493s 8. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1m58.374s +0.497s 9. Stephane Richelmi DAMS 1m58.399s +0.522s 10. Mitch Evans Russian Time 1m58.439s +0.562s 11. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1m58.454s +0.577s 12. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1m58.462s +0.585s 13. Marco Sorensen MP 1m58.487s +0.610s 14. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1m58.658s +0.781s 15. Simon Trummer Rapax 1m58.787s +0.910s 16. Rio Haryanto Caterham 1m58.800s +0.923s 17. Takuya Izawa ART 1m58.889s +1.012s 18. Tom Dillmann Caterham 1m58.923s +1.046s 19. Daniel Abt Hilmer 1m58.943s +1.066s 20. Arthur Pic Campos 1m59.020s +1.143s 21. Rene Binder Arden 1m59.167s +1.290s 22. Jon Lancaster Hilmer 1m59.179s +1.302s 23. Daniel de Jong MP 1m59.311s +1.434s 24. Andre Negrao Arden 1m59.463s +1.586s 25. Artem Markelov Russian Time 1m59.531s +1.654s 26. Kimiya Sato Campos 1m59.564s +1.687s