Austria, FP: Sirotkin tops free practice

Rapax driver quickest in opening session at Spielberg

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By Olivier Ferret

19 June 2015 - 13:10

Russian ace Sergey Sirotkin has had the perfect start to his Austrian weekend by setting up the fastest laptime of today’s free practice session in a blazing 1:14.880, three tenths clear of Mitch Evans. Series leader Stoffel Vandoorne completed the top three.

The session opened under grey skies and in cool conditions with the drivers feeding onto the Red Bull Ring track on Medium Pirelli tyres. Sirotkin was quick to set the early pace ahead of Pierre Gasly, until Vandoorne claimed the top spot lapping the Austrian track three tenths quicker than the Russian.

Fifteen minutes into the session, Sirotkin was the first man to dip under 1m16s, but Evans also improved and went top. As the grip levels bettered, Sirotkin was able to find some extra pace and clocked in a laptime of 1:14.880 which was enough for him to sit pretty at the top of the standings until the end of the session.

The proceedings were briefly halted with eleven minutes left on the clock after Gasly stopped his car on track at Turn 7 on mechanical gremlins. At the chequered flag, behind the top three, Alexander Rossi, Alex Lynn, Raffaele Marciello, Gasly, Rio Haryanto, Arthur Pic and Nick Yelloly rounded up the top ten and will be looking for more in this afternoon’s qualifying session.

PosDriverTeamTimeLaps
1. Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1:14.880 26
2. Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1:15.201 21
3. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:15.223 23
4. Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1:15.272 17
5. Alex Lynn DAMS 1:15.279 24
6. Raffaele Marciello Trident 1:15.407 22
7. Pierre Gasly DAMS 1:15.503 19
8. Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1:15.568 23
9. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:15.569 21
10. Nick Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport 1:15.678 23
11. Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:15.692 21
12. Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1:15.701 23
13. Rene Binder Trident 1:15.710 24
14. André Negrao Arden International 1:15.736 22
15. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:15.817 23
16. Robert Visoiu Rapax 1:15.971 25
17. Marco Sorensen Carlin 1:16.069 25
18. Norman Nato Arden International 1:16.073 23
19. Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:16.099 24
20. Julian Leal Carlin 1:16.236 22
21. Zoel Amberg Daiko Team Lazarus 1:16.343 22
22. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:16.422 22
23. Nathanaël Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 1:16.582 13
24. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:16.701 20
25. Simon Trummer Hilmer Motorsport 1:16.878 20

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