Yas Marina, FP: Gasly sets the pace in free practice

Frenchman leads the way in Abu Dhabi

By Franck Drui

27 November 2015 - 09:40
Yas Marina, FP: Gasly sets the (...)

Pierre Gasly claimed the top of the timesheets in this morning’s free practice session in Abu Dhabi with a string of stunningly quick laps early in a cooler than usual session in the emirate, easily leading home McLaren test driver Stoffel Vandoorne and ART teammate Nobuharu Matsushita.

The Red Bull tester set a number of quickest laps before stopping the clocks at 1:49.349 a third of the way into the session for a time which was a second faster than the best time of last year’s free practice: the reigning champion pushed hard but was chasing his rival all session long, Gasly seemingly able to improve his pace at will.

Most of the field kept their powder dry ahead of this evening’s qualifying, with very few drivers running off the track and no one finding the wall, to the relief of the mechanics all along the pitlane. As the temperatures crept up in the latter stages of the session there was little to bother the timesheets as most of the field concentrated on their race set ups.

Nevertheless behind the top three Alexander Rossi, Alex Lynn, Mitch Evans, Jordan King, Raffaele Marciello, Norman Nato and Arthur Pic rounded out the top ten and will be all looking to put on a show under lights in qualifying this evening.

1. Pierre Gasly DAMS 1:49.349 19
2. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:49.483 19
3. Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:49.860 19
4. Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1:50.021 15
5. Alex Lynn DAMS 1:50.056 19
6. Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1:50.270 17
7. Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:50.288 18
8. Raffaele Marciello Trident 1:50.390 20
9. Norman Nato Arden International 1:50.521 15
10. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:50.631 19
11. André Negrao Arden International 1:50.680 18
12. Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1:50.795 17
13. Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1:50.825 19
14. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:51.048 16
15. Sergio Canamasas Daiko Team Lazarus 1:51.057 18
16. Dean Stoneman Carlin 1:51.070 18
17. Rene Binder MP Motorsport 1:51.094 18
18. Nicholas Latifi MP Motorsport 1:51.110 18
19. Oliver Rowland Status Grand Prix 1:51.158 17
20. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:51.504 18
21. Daniiel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:52.107 17
22. Gustav Malja Rapax 1:52.873 18
23. Sean Gelael Carlin 1:53.403 18
24. Nathanaël Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 1:53.876 5



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