Robin Frijns set the fastest time in free practice for round six of the GP2 Series at the Nurburgring.
The reigning Formula Renault 3.5 champion lapped the grand prix circuit in 1m39.838s in his Hilmer Motorsport-run car, 0.124 seconds faster than Sam Bird of Russian Time. Both Russian Time cars are sporting ‘Save the Ring’ liveries this weekend.
Arden’s Mitch Evans was third fastest despite being stuck in the pits early on with a technical issue, but once that was sorted he lapped three-tenths off Frijns’s time. Fabio Leimer was fourth for Racing Engineering.
Points leader Stefano Coletti (Rapax) ended the session fifth quickest, ahead of James Calado of ART, who suffered a huge moment at the high-speed Turn 9 and took an uncomfortable trip through the gravel.
Jolyon Palmer was seventh, ahead of Tom Dillmann, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Rene Binder. Silverstone poleman Marcus Ericsson was 11th, followed by title contender Felipe Nasr.
Silverstone sprint race winner Jon Lancaster was down in 24th in the second Hilmer entry.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Robin Frijns Hilmer 1m39.838s 2. Sam Bird Russian Time 1m39.962s +0.124s 3. Mitch Evans Arden 1m40.165s +0.327s 4. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1m40.304s +0.466s 5. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1m40.340s +0.502s 6. James Calado ART 1m40.425s +0.587s 7. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1m40.457s +0.619s 8. Tom Dillmann Russian Time 1m40.509s +0.671s 9. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP 1m40.533s +0.695s 10. Rene Binder Lazarus 1m40.652s +0.814s 11. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1m40.782s +0.944s 12. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1m40.797s +0.959s 13. Johnny Cecotto Jr Arden 1m40.813s +0.975s 14. Stephane Richelmi DAMS 1m40.830s +0.992s 15. Kevin Ceccon Trident 1m40.883s +1.045s 16. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1m40.941s +1.103s 17. Nathanel Berthon Trident 1m40.949s +1.111s 18. Alexander Rossi Caterham Racing 1m40.951s +1.113s 19. Sergio Canamasas Caterham Racing 1m40.982s +1.144s 20. Simon Trummer Rapax 1m41.096s +1.258s 21. Rio Haryanto Addax 1m41.230s +1.392s 22. Daniel de Jong MP 1m41.356s +1.518s 23. Fabrizio Crestani Lazarus 1m41.500s +1.662s 24. Jon Lancaster Hilmer 1m41.709s +1.871s 25. Jake Rosenzweig Addax 1m41.805s +1.967s 26. Daniel Abt ART 1m42.324s +2.486s