Monras sets F2 practice pace

Miki Monras carried his Formula 2 testing form into free practice as he went quickest in the opening session at Magny-Cours

Monras sets F2 practice pace

Most of the quick times were set on fresh rubber during the early stages as many of the drivers then saved their remaining new tyres for other sessions, and Monras was no exception as he set the pace in 1m30.946s within eight laps.

Championship leader Mirko Bortolotti, who shared the wins with Monras at the Silverstone season-opener, was second fastest, 0.221s behind, while Mihai Marinescu and Ramon Pineiro completed the top four.

Will Bratt and Christopher Zanella were next up, ahead of series debutant Jon Lancaster.

The previously unheralded Johannes Theobald continued his surprising upturn in pace with the eighth best time, ahead of Alex Brundle.

Benjamin Lariche completed the top 10, but ended his session early with a spin into the gravel at Estoril bend. Any hopes that the rest of the field had of improving their times were ended when Natalia Kowalska went off at the Adelaide hairpin and brought out the yellow flags.

Pos Driver Time Gap 1. Miki Monras 1m30.946s 2. Mirko Bortolotti 1m31.167s + 0.221s 3. Mihai Marinescu 1m31.685s + 0.739s 4. Ramon Pineiro 1m31.789s + 0.843s 5. Will Bratt 1m31.842s + 0.896s 6. Christopher Zanella 1m31.848s + 0.902s 7. Jon Lancaster 1m31.866s + 0.920s 8. Johannes Theobald 1m32.410s + 1.464s 9. Alex Brundle 1m32.504s + 1.558s 10. Benjamin Lariche 1m32.531s + 1.585s 11. Jack Clarke 1m32.537s + 1.591s 12. Tobias Hegewald 1m32.595s + 1.649s 13. Armaan Ebrahim 1m32.684s + 1.738s 14. Mikkel Mac 1m32.702s + 1.756s 15. Natalia Kowalska 1m32.761s + 1.815s 16. Kelvin Snoeks 1m33.007s + 2.061s 17. Maxim Snegirev 1m33.081s + 2.135s 18. Jose Luis Abadín 1m33.098s + 2.152s 19. James Cole 1m33.193s + 2.247s 20. Sung-Hak Mun 1m33.415s + 2.469s 21. Thiemo Storz 1m33.951s + 3.005s 22. Plamen Kralev 1m34.188s + 3.242s 23. Julian Theobald 1m34.386s + 3.440s 
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