Red Bull Ring F2: Leclerc leads practice from Prema team-mate Fuoco

Ferrari Formula 1 junior driver Charles Leclerc topped Formula 2 practice at the Red Bull Ring ahead of his Prema Racing team-mate Antonio Fuoco

Red Bull Ring F2: Leclerc leads practice from Prema team-mate Fuoco

Current championship leader Leclerc produced a best time of 1m14.356s, which was 0.365 seconds quicker than Fuoco's fastest lap.

McLaren F1 junior Nyck de Vries completed the top three for Rapax.

Several drivers - including Leclerc - had off-track moments on the short but high-speed circuit.

The Monegasque racer's came in the final five minutes of the session when he locked his left-front and then right-front wheels at the downhill Turn 4 right-hander.

Leclerc skated across the gravel trap but was able to stop his car just in front of the barriers before rejoining via an escape road.

Nicholas Latifi finished fourth-fastest ahead of his DAMS team-mate Oliver Rowland, who enters the weekend second in the points.

Sergio Canamasas was sixth in his first appearance for the Rapax squad, and was among the contingent of drivers to lock up heavily under braking for the tight uphill right-hander of Turn 3.

Nobuharu Matsushita finished seventh for ART Grand Prix, just in front of his team-mate Alexander Albon, who is making his return to F2 competition after missing the previous round in Baku after he fractured his collarbone in a mountain biking accident.

Ralph Boschung and Luca Ghiotto completed the top 10 for Campos Racing and Russian Time respectively.

Baku sprint race winner Norman Nato was 11th fastest for Arden International ahead of Artem Makelov and Jordan King.

Raffaele Marciello, who is making his return to the F1 support series for the Trident team, finished practice in 17th place.

The session was brought to an early end when Sergio Sette Camara stopped his MP Motorsport car at the entrance to the pitlane.

That caused the virtual safety car to be deployed, moments before the heavens opened as the drivers practiced their starting procedures.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Charles Leclerc Prema Racing 1m14.356s - 25
2 Antonio Fuoco Prema Racing 1m14.721s 0.365s 23
3 Nyck de Vries Rapax 1m14.730s 0.374s 24
4 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m14.822s 0.466s 27
5 Oliver Rowland DAMS 1m14.865s 0.509s 25
6 Sergio Canamasas Rapax 1m14.877s 0.521s 23
7 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m14.915s 0.559s 20
8 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1m14.951s 0.595s 26
9 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 1m15.029s 0.673s 20
10 Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME 1m15.031s 0.675s 23
11 Norman Nato Pertamina Arden 1m15.066s 0.710s 28
12 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m15.081s 0.725s 24
13 Jordan King MP Motorsport 1m15.099s 0.743s 26
14 Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 1m15.100s 0.744s 25
15 Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport 1m15.174s 0.818s 20
16 Louis Deletraz Racing Engineering 1m15.246s 0.890s 26
17 Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 1m15.480s 1.124s 24
18 Raffaele Marciello Trident 1m15.488s 1.132s 25
19 Robert Visoiu Campos Racing 1m15.554s 1.198s 26
20 Nabil Jeffri Trident 1m15.643s 1.287s 26


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