Red Bull Ring GP3: Nissan protege Mardenborough leads for Carlin

Jann Mardenborough topped free practice for the second round of the GP3 Series at the Red Bull Ring

Red Bull Ring GP3: Nissan protege Mardenborough leads for Carlin

The Nissan GT Academy protege pipped Carlin team-mate Antonio Fuoco, who will make his Formula 1 test debut for Ferrari next week, to first place by just 73 thousandths of a second.

The fastest times were, as expected, set in the final stages of the session, with Campos Racing driver Alex Palou knocking Luca Ghiotto off top spot in the closing minutes.

But Ghiotto, who had set the pace in the first half of the session, reclaimed the position before himself being relegated by Fuoco.

Mardenborough then banged in his lap a few moments later to take first place, with points leader Esteban Ocon slotting into third overall ahead of Ghiotto and Matheo Tuscher.

Palou hung on to sixth place, just 0.192s off the pace in a closely-fought session, with Mitch Gilbert and Emil Bernstorff completing the top eight.

Seb Morris and Pal Varhaug rounded out the top 10, while Marvin Kirchhofer, who had been in the thick of the fight for top spot early on, was down in 14th place.

Just as had been the case in the F1 and GP2 sessions, there were a number of off-track moments during practice, particularly at the exit of Turn 8 with numerous drivers paying visits to the run-off area.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Jann Mardenborough Carlin 1m20.475s - 25
2 Antonio Fuoco Carlin 1m20.548s 0.073s 23
3 Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 1m20.600s 0.125s 25
4 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m20.633s 0.158s 27
5 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 1m20.645s 0.170s 25
6 Alex Palou Campos Racing 1m20.667s 0.192s 26
7 Mitch Gilbert Carlin 1m20.743s 0.268s 23
8 Emil Bernstorff Arden International 1m20.784s 0.309s 26
9 Seb Morris Status Grand Prix 1m21.099s 0.624s 28
10 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 1m21.108s 0.633s 26
11 Adderly Fong Koiranen GP 1m21.259s 0.784s 22
12 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 1m21.313s 0.838s 24
13 Alfonso Celis ART Grand Prix 1m21.335s 0.860s 23
14 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 1m21.387s 0.912s 24
15 Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 1m21.429s 0.954s 26
16 Kevin Ceccon Arden International 1m21.489s 1.014s 26
17 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 1m21.507s 1.032s 26
18 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 1m21.516s 1.041s 23
19 Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 1m22.138s 1.663s 23
20 Artur Janosz Trident 1m22.287s 1.812s 19
21 Oscar Tunjo Trident 1m22.420s 1.945s 11
22 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 1m22.749s 2.274s 27
23 Alex Bosak Arden International 1m24.098s 3.623s 24
24 Samin Gomez Campos Racing 1m24.169s 3.694s 23


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