Stefano Coletti headed the GP2 Series practice session at the Hockenheimring this afternoon.
Coletti’s quickest tour – a 1:24.771 – gave the Monegasque racer a one-tenth advantage over ART Grand Prix’ Stoffel Vandoorne.
Behind the leading pair was Coletti’s Racing Engineering teammate Raffaele Marciello, who was the first driver in the 1’25s.
The in-form Marciello showed some solid single lap pace again today; however the Italian was gingerly shadowed by Campos Racing new boy Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly, who pulled some credible pace from the Venezuela GP Lazarus machine.
Stéphane Richelmi took 6th for DAMS, ahead of his championship leader teammate Jolyon Palmer, who ran in 12th, while Palmer’s title challenger Felipe Nasr assumed 8th.
Silverstone Feature Race winner Mitch Evans was down in 17th place for RUSSIAN TIME. Evans’ teammate Artem Markelov enjoyed a harsh trip through the gravel earlier in the session, excitedly kicking up dust in the process.
As expected, there were plenty of off-track excursions at turn one, forcing the stewards to issue a number of warnings through the session.