Vasiliauskas, de Marco top practices

Kazim Vasiliauskas and Nicola de Marco topped a free practice session each on the first day of this weekend's Formula 2 round at Monza

Vasiliauskas, de Marco top practices

Vasiliauskas finished nearly four tenths of a second clear in the first half-hour session, posting his quickest lap in the final five minutes and then spinning out at Turn 1 shortly afterwards. But his time was enough to keep him ahead of Mihai Marinescu, who had been fastest for most of the session, and Sergei Afanasiev just a further 0.006s back.

Championship leader Philipp Eng finished the session fourth, ahead of Johan Jokinen and Jolyon Palmer.

The only major incident of the session was Ajith Kumar spinning at the exit of Ascari and hitting the barrier on the inside of the track. Plamen Kralev also had a spin at the end.

De Marco went quickest in the afternoon session with a late effort displacing Palmer from the top spot. Palmer remained second, just ahead of Benjamin Bailly and Armaan Ebrahim - 0.070s covering the trio.

Eng and Jokinen were fifth and sixth ahead of Afanasiev, who brought the session to an early end with an accident at Ascari. The Russian ran wide in the middle of the corner and landed in the barrier on the outside at the exit. His car came to rest blocking the track, so time was called with less than a minute remaining on the clock.

Vasiliauskas was just eighth after topping the morning session, while Marrakech winner Dean Stoneman could only manage 13th and ninth in the two practices.

There were no other incidents of note in the second session, but Jack Clarke was shown the black and white flag for repeatedly cutting the first chicane.

Practice 1
Pos Driver Time Gap Laps
1. Kazim Vasiliauskas 1m41.950s 14 2. Mihai Marinescu 1m42.324s +0.374 15 3. Sergei Afanasiev 1m42.330s +0.380 15 4. Philipp Eng 1m42.409s +0.459 16 5. Johan Jokinen 1m42.431s +0.481 15 6. Jolyon Palmer 1m42.466s +0.516 16 7. Benjamin Bailly 1m42.473s +0.523 15 8. Nicola de Marco 1m42.483s +0.533 16 9. Will Bratt 1m42.534s +0.584 16 10. Paul Rees 1m42.586s +0.636 15 11. Ricardo Teixeira 1m42.855s +0.905 15 12. Kelvin Snoeks 1m42.885s +0.935 15 13. Dean Stoneman 1m42.957s +1.007 15 14. Ivan Samarin 1m43.040s +1.090 15 15. Benjamin Lariche 1m43.072s +1.122 16 16. Jack Clarke 1m43.092s +1.142 16 17. Parthiva Sureshwaren 1m43.158s +1.208 15 18. Armaan Ebrahim 1m43.327s +1.377 15 19. Plamen Kralev 1m43.853s +1.903 14 20. Natalia Kowalska 1m45.141s +3.191 15 21. Ajith Kumar 1m48.264s +6.314 7
Practice 2
Pos Driver Time Gap Laps
1. Nicola de Marco 1m41.982s 15 2. Jolyon Palmer 1m42.211s +0.229 15 3. Benjamin Bailly 1m42.266s +0.284 13 4. Armaan Ebrahim 1m42.281s +0.299 15 5. Philipp Eng 1m42.382s +0.400 13 6. Johan Jokinen 1m42.638s +0.656 16 7. Sergei Afanasiev 1m42.716s +0.734 12 8. Kazim Vasiliauskas 1m42.816s +0.834 15 9. Dean Stoneman 1m42.824s +0.842 15 10. Kelvin Snoeks 1m42.841s +0.859 15 11. Jack Clarke 1m42.936s +0.954 17 12. Will Bratt 1m42.985s +1.003 15 13. Mihai Marinescu 1m43.008s +1.026 15 14. Paul Rees 1m43.154s +1.172 15 15. Benjamin Lariche 1m43.777s +1.795 15 16. Parthiva Sureshwaren 1m43.779s +1.797 14 17. Ricardo Teixeira 1m43.820s +1.838 14 18. Ivan Samarin 1m43.978s +1.996 15 19. Plamen Kralev 1m44.556s +2.574 12 20. Natalia Kowalska 1m44.686s +2.704 15 21. Ajith Kumar 1m47.422s +5.440 16
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