Monza GP2: Red Bull's Pierre Gasly fastest in free practice

Red Bull protege Pierre Gasly set the pace in GP2 free practice at Monza ahead of Racing Engineering driver Alexander Rossi

Monza GP2: Red Bull's Pierre Gasly fastest in free practice

Gasly led for the majority of the session with a 1m31.669s time and finished 0.317 seconds ahead of Spa sprint race winner Rossi, who had a big moment when he went through the gravel on the exit of the second Lesmo.

Campos Racing driver Rio Haryanto was a fraction further back in third ahead of championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne.

The McLaren junior struggled early on in the session.

He went straight on at Turn 1 and missed the apex of Turn 2 a few laps later, before putting some clean laps together to break into the top 10.

GP2 veteran Rene Binder, who is filling in for the injured Daniel de Jong at MP Motorsport, was fifth edging out Rapax driver Sergey Sirotkin and Status GP's Richie Stanaway.

Williams F1 development driver Alex Lynn was five tenths off his DAMS team-mate Gasly in eighth after he had an off at the della Roggia chicane.

Campos Racing's Arthur Pic also had several moments down in ninth, ahead of Russian Time's Mitch Evans, who rounded out the top 10.

In his first GP2 outing Nissan LMP1 driver Jann Mardenborough finished more than two seconds off the pace in 25th.

Fellow newcomer Patric Niederhauser didn't fair much better either.

The former GP3 driver finished down in 23rd after stopping at the pitlane exit towards the end of the session, which brought out the yellow flags.

GP2 returnee Simon Trummer also brought out the yellow flags when he ground to a halt on the run to the second Lesmo.

PRACTICE RESULTS:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Pierre Gasly DAMS 1m31.669s - 21
2 Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1m31.986s 0.317s 20
3 Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1m32.020s 0.351s 17
4 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1m32.040s 0.371s 20
5 Rene Binder MP Motorsport 1m32.093s 0.424s 19
6 Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1m32.124s 0.455s 21
7 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1m32.148s 0.479s 18
8 Alex Lynn DAMS 1m32.219s 0.550s 20
9 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1m32.240s 0.571s 18
10 Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1m32.312s 0.643s 17
11 Norman Nato Arden International 1m32.336s 0.667s 20
12 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m32.462s 0.793s 22
13 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m32.484s 0.815s 17
14 Raffaele Marciello Trident 1m32.492s 0.823s 18
15 Andre Negrao Arden International 1m32.524s 0.855s 20
16 Julian Leal Carlin 1m32.606s 0.937s 20
17 Sergio Canamasas Daiko Team Lazarus 1m32.608s 0.939s 19
18 Robert Visoiu Rapax 1m32.768s 1.099s 22
19 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1m32.769s 1.100s 17
20 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1m33.057s 1.388s 17
21 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Trident 1m33.079s 1.410s 19
22 Meindert van Buuren MP Motorsport 1m33.390s 1.721s 18
23 Patric Niederhauser Daiko Team Lazarus 1m33.577s 1.908s 14
24 Simon Trummer Hilmer Motorsport 1m33.748s 2.079s 19
25 Jann Mardenborough Carlin 1m33.891s 2.222s 19


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