GP2 Austria: Sergey Sirotkin tops Red Bull Ring practice

Sergey Sirotkin topped the opening free practice session for the fourth round of the GP2 championship in Austria

GP2 Austria: Sergey Sirotkin tops Red Bull Ring practice

The Rapax driver lapped the Red Bull Ring in a time of 1m14.880s to prevail in a battle at the top of the timesheets with Russian Time's Mitch Evans and ART's McLaren junior Stoffel Vandoorne.

All three had spells at the top of the times, as did DAMS driver Pierre Gasly, before Sirotkin reclaimed the top spot he held early on with 18 minutes remaining.

That put him three-tenths ahead of Evans, with Vandoorne a further 22-thousandths back.

By then many had enjoyed the best of the tyres, with a red flag caused by Gasly grinding to a halt on track with a car problem hindering some drivers' attempts to improve, although there were some late fast laps

Alexander Rossi jumped into fourth place ahead of Alex Lynn with 90 seconds remaining.

Raffaele Marciello also had a late attempt to improve, but fell four-tenths short, so ended up in sixth place ahead of Gasly.

Rio Haryanto, Arthur Pic and Nick Yelloly rounded out the top 10, with Jordan King and Richie Stanaway sealing 11th and 12th places late in the session.

GP2 returnee Simon Trummer was slowest after taking over Johnny Cecotto's place at Hilmer Motorsport, the Swiss settling back into the category having competed at Le Mans last weekend for the ByKolles CLM LMP1 squad.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1m14.880s - 26
2 Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1m15.201s 0.321s 21
3 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1m15.223s 0.343s 23
4 Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1m15.272s 0.392s 17
5 Alex Lynn DAMS 1m15.279s 0.399s 24
6 Raffaele Marciello Trident 1m15.407s 0.527s 22
7 Pierre Gasly DAMS 1m15.503s 0.623s 19
8 Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1m15.568s 0.688s 23
9 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1m15.569s 0.689s 21
10 Nick Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport 1m15.678s 0.798s 23
11 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1m15.692s 0.812s 21
12 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1m15.701s 0.821s 23
13 Rene Binder Trident 1m15.710s 0.830s 24
14 Andre Negrao Arden International 1m15.736s 0.856s 22
15 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1m15.817s 0.937s 23
16 Robert Visoiu Rapax 1m15.971s 1.091s 25
17 Marco Sorensen Carlin 1m16.069s 1.189s 25
18 Norman Nato Arden International 1m16.073s 1.193s 23
19 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m16.099s 1.219s 24
20 Julian Leal Carlin 1m16.236s 1.356s 22
21 Zoel Amberg Daiko Team Lazarus 1m16.343s 1.463s 22
22 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1m16.422s 1.542s 22
23 Nathanael Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 1m16.582s 1.702s 13
24 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m16.701s 1.821s 20
25 Simon Trummer Hilmer Motorsport 1m16.878s 1.998s 20

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