Oct 06

F2: Leclerc leads the way in Jerez

Championship leader tops free practice

F2 - Charles Leclerc, PREMA Racing, Circuito de JerezCharles Leclerc has set the pace in the penultimate free practice session of the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship this morning at the Circuito de Jerez, topping the timesheets on 1:25.452 halfway through the session before concentrating on race runs to claim the top spot ahead of title rival Oliver Rowland and Nyck De Vries.

The session got underway to gloriously sunny conditions, with Artem Markelov leading all of the field out on track when the green light came on. Rowland set the first competitive lap time 5 minutes into the session but was briefly displaced by Nobuharu Matsushita before reclaiming the top spot, just ahead of Leclerc and De Vries.

The red flags emerged at the 9 minute mark when Ralph Boschung got stranded on the kerbs at turn 10, with all of his rivals returning to the pits as the marshals got to work on removing the stricken car. The session was green 9 minutes later, with Leclerc heading straight out to claim the top spot before everyone got to work on their long run simulations.

There was little in the way of wayward action for the rest of the session, with Sean Gelael getting stranded at turn 13 just as the session came to a close. Sergio Sette Camara set the pace behind the top 3, just ahead of Nicholas Latifi, Matsushita, Norman Nato, Alexander Albon, Louis Deletraz and Markelov in a session which saw the top 16 drivers within a second of the top spot, promising drama for this afternoon’s qualifying session.

Preliminary Free Practice Classification


Driver Team Laptime Laps
1 Charles LECLERC PREMA Racing 1:25.293 18
2 Oliver ROWLAND DAMS 1:25.461 18
3 Nyck DE VRIES Racing Engineering 1:25.735 16
4 Sergio SETTE CAMARA MP Motorsport 1:25.868 19
5 Nicholas LATIFI DAMS 1:25.940 19
6 Nobuharu MATSUSHITA ART Grand Prix 1:25.975 19
7 Norman NATO Pertamina Arden 1:25.985 19
8 Alexander ALBON ART Grand Prix 1:25.988 18
9 Louis DELÉTRAZ Rapax 1:26.050 18
10 Artem MARKELOV RUSSIAN TIME 1:26.072 18
11 Gustav MALJA Racing Engineering 1:26.108 18
12 Sean GELAEL Pertamina Arden 1:26.195 18
13 Luca GHIOTTO RUSSIAN TIME 1:26.203 17
14 Santino FERRUCCI Trident 1:26.214 19
15 Antonio FUOCO PREMA Racing 1:26.247 13
16 Alex PALOU Campos Racing 1:26.287 19
17 Jordan KING MP Motorsport 1:26.430 16
18 Nabil JEFFRI Trident 1:26.801 17
19 René BINDER Rapax 1:26.981 18
20 Ralph BOSCHUNG Campos Racing 1:46.217 3

source: FIA Formula 2 Championship, gp2series.com