After causing a stir with a maiden win for A1 Team Germany at Zandvoort, Niko Hulkenberg wasted no time in reaffirming his status as a permanent front runner by claiming the fastest time in practice for the second round at Brno.

Benefiting from taking part in the rookie session despite having already belied his inexperience with victory in Holland, Hulkenberg was one of only three drivers to compete in the two 25-minute sessions that will line-up on the grid.

Indeed, with almost an hour's more running than the rest of the drivers that took to the Czech circuit in official practice, it was perhaps unsurprising to find the 19-year-old setting the fastest time by almost a second from fellow teenager Sebastien Buemi for Switzerland, he too appearing in the rookie session.

Hulkenberg was duly encouraged to have emerged top of the timesheets having spent the day fettling his Supernova run car to give him the edge, while his 40 laps of running certainly gives him an advantage going into qualifying.

"The circuit is quite bumpy," he said. "Together with David Sears' race team Supernova we systematically improved the set-up. The car developed a tendency to oversteer in two corners. We adjusted the spring preload and adapted the dampers to cope better with the bumps. I pretty relaxed about qualifying because the balance of the car is good."



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