Wickens tops first Barcelona practice

Robert Wickens showed that he intends to finish the Formula 2 season on a high by topping the opening practice session for Barcelona's final round

Wickens tops first Barcelona practice

The 20-year-old Canadian swapped the top spot on the timesheets on numerous occasions with new champion Andy Soucek during the session as the pair were the only two drivers to dip under the 1m40s mark.

Wickens' best time of 1m39.568 came nine minutes from the end and was enough to demote Spaniard Soucek to second for good, albeit by only 0.056s.

"The week started pretty well during the test on Monday and I have continued with that today," said Wickens. "I am still not completely comfortable with the car and I am sure there is more pace to find.

"It would be nice to win again and if I could score a pole position then I would have more than any other driver. It is nice to show everyone my pace and I am really looking forward to the weekend."

Nicola de Marco was third quickest, ahead of Julien Jousse, Philipp Eng and Kazim Vasiliauskas, who suffered a spin during the second half of the 30-minute session.

Earlier, there was one brief stoppage after Natacha Gachnang stopped out on the circuit.

One driver not on-track was Carlos Iaconelli. The Brazilian is suffering with the flu and has elected to skip the weekend.

Pos Driver Time Laps 1. Robert Wickens 1:39.568 11 2. Andy Soucek 1:39.624 + 0.056 6 3. Nicola de Marco 1:40.244 + 0.676 14 4. Julien Jousse 1:40.317 + 0.749 11 5. Philipp Eng 1:40.379 + 0.811 12 6. K.Vasiliauskas 1:40.524 + 0.956 11 7. Mikhail Aleshin 1:40.736 + 1.168 13 8. Milos Pavlovic 1:40.771 + 1.203 13 9. Jason Moore 1:40.779 + 1.211 14 10. Tristan Vautier 1:40.804 + 1.236 13 11. Mirko Bortolotti 1:41.049 + 1.481 12 12. S.Hohenthal 1:41.106 + 1.538 11 13. Tobias Hegewald 1:41.151 + 1.583 12 14. Jolyon Palmer 1:41.178 + 1.610 13 15. Jack Clarke 1:41.197 + 1.629 14 16. Armaan Ebrahim 1:41.205 + 1.637 13 17. H.Karjalainen 1:41.343 + 1.775 14 18. Germán Sánchez 1:41.543 + 1.975 14 19. Jens Höing 1:41.584 + 2.016 11 20. Ollie Hancock 1:41.754 + 2.186 12 21. Tom Gladdis 1:41.799 + 2.231 15 22. Alex Brundle 1:41.925 + 2.357 13 23. Pietro Gandolfi 1:45.540 + 5.972 13 24. Natacha Gachnang no time 0 
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