Leimer fastest in wet GP2 practice

Leimer fastest in wet GP2 practice

Formula 2

Leimer fastest in wet GP2 practice


Fabio Leimer made a solid start to his campaign to get his GP2 title bid back on track by topping free practice at Silverstone on Friday afternoon.

The Racing Engineering driver, who should have won last year’s feature race here but for a botched pitstop strategy, lapped in 1m57.996s in damp conditions with all drivers using the Pirelli wet tyres.

Robin Frijns was second fastest for Hilmer, but four tenths down on Leimer’s best, on 1m58.430s.

Local hero James Calado was third fastest in his ART machine, juts a few hundredths shy of Frijns, with Julian Leal fourth in the second Racing Engineering entry.

Daniel de Jong was the surprise of the session, showing great pace in sector three in particular for MP Motorsport, and finishing the session in fifth, ahead of DAMS duo Stephane Richelmi and Marcus Ericsson.

Title contender Felipe Nasr was eighth fastest, 1.6s off the pace, but had been up near the top early on.

Not troubling the top of the times was championship leader Stefano Coletti, who was last of the 26 runners, 3.322s off the pace. Monaco winner Sam Bird ended the session 17th for Russian Time.

Pos  Driver               Team                Time       Gap
 1.  Fabio Leimer         Racing Engineering  1m57.996s
 2.  Robin Frijns         Hilmer              1m58.430s  +0.434s
 3.  James Calado         ART                 1m58.464s  +0.468s
 4.  Julian Leal          Racing Engineering  1m58.766s  +0.770s
 5.  Daniel de Jong       MP                  1m58.835s  +0.839s
 6.  Stephane Richelmi    DAMS                1m59.233s  +1.237s
 7.  Marcus Ericsson      DAMS                1m59.290s  +1.294s
 8.  Felipe Nasr          Carlin              1m59.606s  +1.610s
 9.  Tom Dillmann         Russian Time        1m59.617s  +1.621s
10.  Mitch Evans          Arden               1m59.648s  +1.652s
11.  Jolyon Palmer        Carlin              1m59.685s  +1.689s
12.  Adrian Quaife-Hobbs  MP                  1m59.775s  +1.779s
13.  Rio Haryanto         Addax               1m59.966s  +1.970s
14.  Sergio Canamasas     Caterham            1m59.977s  +1.981s
15.  Kevin Ceccon         Trident             2m00.021s  +2.025s
16.  Jake Rosenzweig      Addax               2m00.133s  +2.137s
17.  Sam Bird             Russian Time        2m00.236s  +2.240s
18.  Nathanael Berthon    Trident             2m00.271s  +2.275s
19.  Rene Binder          Lazarus             2m00.352s  +2.356s
20.  Alexander Rossi      Caterham            2m00.413s  +2.417s
21.  Jon Lancaster        Hilmer              2m00.431s  +2.435s
22.  Daniel Abt           ART                 2m00.554s  +2.558s
23.  Simon Trummer        Rapax               2m00.780s  +2.784s
24.  Fabrizio Crestani    Lazarus             2m00.831s  +2.835s
25.  Johnny Cecotto Jr    Arden               2m00.971s  +2.975s
26.  Stefano Coletti      Rapax               2m01.322s  +3.326s