Leal leads the practice
The Colombian driver was the fastest man of the session. Marciello and Coletti were second and third.
By: Sofia Tera
Julian Leal finished the GP2 practice as quickest. The Carlin driver was ahead of the Racing Engineering teammates, with Marciello second and Coletti third.
With a big risk of rain, the drivers quickly joined the track to make the most of the 45 minutes of practice at an unknown track for the series. Nasr went top, followed by the Americans Daly and Rossi. The latter beat the Brazilian in his following lap.
Lightrain started to fall and although the track was slippery, it wasn't enough to put on the wet tyres. Several drivers decided to enter the pit lane as the conditions were getting worse. When the rain stopped, they came back.
Rossi was still on top while Coletti was second, followed by fellow contryman Richelmi. Minutes later, Palmer improved Rossi's time and went first. Coletti quickly beat Palmer, but both were relegated to second and third by Nasr, who went top.
With 16 minutes to go, Marciello was first. Nasr was second, Cecotto third, Evans fourth and Coletti fifth. The times were improving as the session was about to end, but the rain started to fall hard and the practice finished with Leal leading the timesheets.
|2||5||Raffaele Marciello||R||Racing Engineering||ITA||20||1:15,768||+ 0,116|
|3||6||Stefano Coletti||Racing Engineering||MON||23||1:15,83||+ 0,178|
|4||3||Felipe Nasr||Carlin||BRA||21||1:15,944||+ 0,292|
|5||23||Johnny Cecotto||Trident||VEN||26||1:16,189||+ 0,537|
|6||1||Mitch Evans||RT Russian Time||NZ||24||1:16,192||+ 0,54|
|7||11||Daniel Abt||Hilmer Motorsport||GER||25||1:16,3||+ 0,648|
|8||16||Rene Binder||Arden International||AUT||22||1:16,426||+ 0,774|
|9||10||Stoffel Vandoorne||R||ART Grand Prix||BEL||22||1:16,463||+ 0,811|
|10||7||Joylon Palmer||Dams||GBR||24||1:16,502||+ 0,85|
|11||19||Alexander Rossi||EQ8 Caterham Racing||USA||20||1:16,544||+ 0,892|
|12||8||Stéphane Richelmi||Dams||MON||21||1:16,572||+ 0,92|
|13||22||Sergio Canamasas||Trident||ESP||24||1:16,62||+ 0,968|
|14||18||Rio Haryanto||EQ8 Caterham Racing||IND||24||1:16,62||+ 0,968|
|15||15||Simon Trummer||Rapax||CHE||24||1:16,721||+ 1,069|
|16||20||Daniël de Jong||MP Motorsport||NED||22||1:16,865||+ 1,213|
|17||25||Conor Daly||Venezuela GP Lazarus||USA||21||1:16,888||+ 1,236|
|18||26||Arhur Pic||R||Campos Racing||FRA||20||1:16,935||+ 1,283|
|19||14||Adrian Quaife-Hobbs||Rapax||GBR||24||1:17,104||+ 1,452|
|20||12||Facu Regalia||R||Hilmer Motorsport||ARG||23||1:17,169||+ 1,517|
|21||2||Artem Markelov||R||RT Russian Time||RUS||22||1:17,171||+ 1,519|
|22||17||André Negrao||R||Arden International||BRA||20||1:17,288||+ 1,636|
|23||21||Tio Ellinas||R||MP Motorsport||CYP||22||1:17,3||+ 1,648|
|24||9||Takuya Izawa||R||ART Grand Prix||JAP||22||1:17,37||+ 1,718|
|25||27||Kimiya Sato||R||Campos Racing||JAP||22||1:17,605||+ 1,953|
|26||24||Nathanaël Berthon||Venezuela GP Lazarus||FRA||16||1:17,785||+ 2,133|