Monaco GP2: ART Grand Prix's Sirotkin fastest in practice

Sergey Sirotkin was fastest in a Monaco GP2 practice in which championship leader Pierre Gasly was among a string of early crashers

Monaco GP2: ART Grand Prix's Sirotkin fastest in practice

Red Bull Formula 1 protege Gasly had just gone fastest by eight tenths of a second with a 1m20.959s in the opening minutes when he slewed into the barriers at Ste Devote.

He had already brushed the wall through the final corner as he completed his pacesetting lap, and then did the job more comprehensively at the next turn - leaving Prema with substantial left-side damage to repair before Thursday afternoon's qualifying session.

The clear-up from Gasly's crash had only just been completed when ART driver Nobuharu Matsushita nosed into the wall at the same spot, an error that Daniel de Jong repeated soon afterwards.

Matsushita's team-mate Sirotkin was first to depose Gasly, and though he then lost the top spot to Jordan King for a spell, he reclaimed it with a later run on the super-soft tyres.

It was an eventful few minutes for Sirotkin, as his first flying lap was stymied by traffic, his second counted as the session's 1m20.361s benchmark even though he skipped part of the chicane, and his third featured another visit to the chicane runoff.

Barcelona feature race winner Norman Nato ended the session second for Racing Engineering, with DAMS driver Alex Lynn completing the top three.

Gasly's time was still good enough for seventh, behind Arthur Pic, King and a resurgent Mitch Evans.

Russian Time duo Raffaele Marciello and Artem Markelov sandwiched Oliver Rowland in eighth and 10th.

PRACTICE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 1m20.361s - 22
2 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 1m20.440s 0.079s 22
3 Alex Lynn DAMS 1m20.471s 0.110s 24
4 Arthur Pic Rapax 1m20.666s 0.305s 22
5 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1m20.735s 0.374s 25
6 Mitch Evans Pertamina Campos Racing 1m20.825s 0.464s 26
7 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 1m20.959s 0.598s 7
8 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 1m21.001s 0.640s 23
9 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 1m21.039s 0.678s 22
10 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m21.221s 0.860s 23
11 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m21.424s 1.063s 24
12 Sergio Canamasas Carlin 1m21.483s 1.122s 23
13 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m21.652s 1.291s 26
14 Sean Gelael Pertamina Campos Racing 1m21.954s 1.593s 26
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 1m22.023s 1.662s 25
16 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 1m22.212s 1.851s 22
17 Gustav Malja Rapax 1m22.392s 2.031s 24
18 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1m22.473s 2.112s 9
19 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 1m23.210s 2.849s 24
20 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m23.867s 3.506s 9
21 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 1m23.979s 3.618s 24
22 Philo Paz Armand Trident 1m24.024s 3.663s 24


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