Monza GP3: Esteban Ocon beats Luca Ghiotto to top practice

Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon set the pace in GP3 practice at Monza, edging out title rival Luca Ghiotto at his home event

Monza GP3: Esteban Ocon beats Luca Ghiotto to top practice

ART Grand Prix driver Ocon stole top spot away from Ghiotto in the closing moments of the session with a time of 1m38.213s, just 0.053s ahead of the Italian.

Championship leader Ghiotto led much of the session but couldn't respond to Ocon's late charge.

Early pacesetter Emil Bernstorff was third despite going straight on at Turn 1 and clipping the marker boards.

2013 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC award winner Matt Parry left it late to climb the order and take fourth, edging out Carlin's Mitch Gilbert in the process.

Ocon's ART team-mate Marvin Kirchhofer traded fastest times with several others early on but failed to improve and could only manage sixth.

Jenzer Motorsport's Matheo Tuscher and Trident's Artur were also among those to improve in the closing stages.

The pair finished seventh and eighth ahead of Kevin Ceccon and Ralph Boschung who completed the top 10.

Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco failed to make the top 10 at his home event after having one of his fast laps hampered by traffic at the Parabolica.

GP3 newcomers Brandon Maisano and Amaury Bonduel finished their maiden session 16th and 21st respectively.

FREE PRACTICE TIMES

Pos Driver Team Gap Laps
1 Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 1m38.213s 18
2 Luca Ghiotto Trident 0.053s 20
3 Emil Bernstorff Arden International 0.097s 22
4 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 0.472s 19
5 Mitch Gilbert Carlin 0.548s 18
6 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 0.622s 15
7 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 0.670s 18
8 Artur Janosz Trident 0.784s 18
9 Kevin Ceccon Arden International 0.842s 20
10 Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 0.947s 19
11 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 1.071s 17
12 Antonio Fuoco Carlin 1.105s 19
13 Alex Palou Campos Racing 1.181s 19
14 Seb Morris Status Grand Prix 1.296s 20
15 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 1.374s 21
16 Brandon Maisano Campos Racing 1.541s 20
17 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 1.681s 20
18 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 2.448s 13
19 Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 2.527s 18
20 Alex Bosak Arden International 3.083s 12
21 Amaury Bonduel Trident 3.101s 18

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