Palmer fastest in Singapore practice

Palmer fastest in Singapore practice

Formula 2

Palmer fastest in Singapore practice


Jolyon Palmer set the pace in the 30-minute free practice session for round 10 of the GP2 Series at Singapore on Friday afternoon.

The daylight session, the conditions in which both of the races will also be held as opposed to the night-time qualifying session later today, was dominated by the Carlin driver.

Palmer’s first effort was a 1m56.602s, which he lowered to a 1m55.912s after a cool-off lap.

Palmer’s fastest time was 3.532s quicker than last year’s pole time, set by team-mate Felipe Nasr, thanks to the removal of the chicane at Turn 10. All cars ran on the soft prime compound, teams saving the super-soft options for qualifying.

Championship leader Fabio Leimer was second fastest for Racing Engineering, although many of his early attempts were thwarted by traffic. Marcus Ericsson was quick throughout the session and ended up third for DAMS, ahead of Alexander Rossi’s Caterham machine.

Mitch Evans was one of the few drivers to improve in the second half of the session, rising to fifth in his Arden machine. British duo James Calado and Sam Bird were sixth and seventh respectively, with Nasr eighth ahead of Johnny Cecotto Jr.

Former series leader Stefano Coletti suffered another dreadful time, slumping to 24th fastest time and clearly struggling with poor handling as he overshot a corner and was forced into a three-point turn.

Elsewhere, Jake Rosenzweig clattered a wall, Dani Clos clipped one and even session dominator Palmer had a huge slide in the closing stages, which he collected up without hitting anything.

Pos Driver                Team                   Time        Gap      Laps 1. Jolyon Palmer         Carlin                 1m55.912s        	13 2. Fabio Leimer          Racing Engineering     1m56.165s  +0.253	12 3. Marcus Ericsson       DAMS                   1m56.509s  +0.597	12 4. Alexander Rossi       Caterham               1m56.758s  +0.846	12 5. Mitchell Evans        Arden                  1m56.885s  +0.973	12 6. James Calado          ART                    1m57.067s  +1.155	13 7. Sam Bird              Russian Time           1m57.089s  +1.177	13 8. Felipe Nasr           Carlin                 1m57.089s  +1.177	12 9. Johnny Cecotto Jr.    Arden                  1m57.297s  +1.385	1210. Stefano Richelmi      DAMS                   1m57.755s  +1.843	1311. Rio Haryanto          Addax                  1m57.822s  +1.910	1212. Nathanel Berthon      Trident                1m57.919s  +2.007	1213. Tom Dillmann          Russian Time           1m58.017s  +2.105	1214. Rene Binder           Lazarus                1m58.135s  +2.223	1215. Sergio Canamasas      Caterham               1m58.358s  +2.446	1216. Jon Lancaster         Hilmer                 1m58.376s  +2.464	1217. Julian Leal           Racing Engineering     1m58.377s  +2.465	1118. Daniel Clos           MP Motorsport          1m58.495s  +2.583	1219. Daniel Abt            ART                    1m58.518s  +2.606	1220. Jake Rosenzweig       Addax                  1m58.916s  +3.004	1221. Vittorio Ghirelli     Lazarus                1m58.939s  +3.027	1222. Daniel de Jong        MP Motorsport          1m59.063s  +3.151	1223. Simon Trummer         Rapax                  1m59.213s  +3.301	1224. Stefano Coletti       Rapax                  1m59.375s  +3.463	1225. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs   Hilmer                 1m59.559s  +3.647	1226. Gianmarco Raimondo    Trident                2m00.990s  +5.078	13