GP2 Series Media/LAT

It was a slow start to the second day of GP2 Asia Series pre-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit as teams and drivers were greeted by fog, delaying the session by one hour. When the sun came out, so did the drivers for their installation laps. James Jakes at Scuderia Coloni opted for a first run setting the early pace but it was soon bettered first by Andrea Caldarelli at Ocean Racing and then by Romain Grosjean at Dams. The Frenchman stayed at the top of the timesheet until his fellow countryman Jules Bianchi  improved his best laptime by eight tenths. The Lotus ART racer went three tenths even quicker just as Davide Valsecchi at Team AirAsia moved up to P2. Addax’s Giedo van der Garde went top temporarily until Bianchi set his fastest laptime of the morning session in a 1:50.007. No one else could match that time although the top 14 drivers ended up within the same second, with Sam Bird entering the Top 3 after a difficult first test day yesterday due to mechanical gremlins. The morning session was briefly red flagged three times.

 
With just a hour break, the track activity restarted quickly – Charles Pic at Addax set the early pace with Rapax’s Julian Leal and Coloni’s Michael Herck in tow. Just before the halfway point of the session, Bird went under the 1m50s barrier taking control of the timesheet ahead of Grosjean and van der Garde. But the Brit was soon caught by Grosjean, Trident’s duo Stefano Coletti and Rodolfo Gonzalez, and Pic who pushed Bird back to P5. The iSport ace lost another spot when Valsecchi improved and moved up to P3.
 
On the two hour mark Josef Kral at Arden went top but not for long as van der Garde went under the 1m49s barrier with a laptime of 1:48.499 – one tenth quicker than Oliver Turvey’s pole position during GP2 Series 2010 final round in Abu Dhabi. The Dutchman was soon matched but not beaten by Bird and Bianchi who both went under 1m49s barrier. The session was cut 15 minutes short after Jakes went off track and damaged the barrier, making it impossible for the rest of the drivers to take advantage of their new set of tyres.
 
The twenty-six cars have completed 1458 laps and 8.099 kms in the past two days without any major technical issues.
 
The action will continue in two days time on Sunday, February 6th at 9am local time for another two-day test session.
 
Morning session
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Jules Bianchi
Lotus ART
1:50.007
27
2.
Giedo van der Garde
Barwa Addax Team
1:50.066
18
3.
Sam Bird
iSport International
1:50.120
11
4.
Charles Pic
Barwa Addax Team
1:50.166
19
5.
Max Chilton
Carlin
1:50.276
13
6.
Marcus Ericsson
iSport International
1:50.343
24
7.
Jolyon Palmer
Arden International
1:50.539
15
8.
Davide Valsecchi
Team AirAsia
1:50.544
15
9.
Josef Kral
Arden International
1:50.561
18
10.
Dani Clos
Racing Engineering
1:50.616
14
11.
Esteban Gutierrez
Lotus ART
1:50.641
24
12.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Trident Racing
1:50.787
16
13.
Luiz Razia
Team AirAsia
1:50.894
20
14.
Nathanael Berthon
Racing Engineering
1:5-.969
16
15.
Fabio Leimer
Rapax
1:51.122
15
16.
Johnny Cecotto
Super Nova Racing
1:51.190
16
17.
Julian Leal
Rapax
1:51.198
18
18.
Romain Grosjean
Dams
1:51.347
20
19.
James Jakes
Scuderia Coloni
1:51.369
16
20.
Oliver Turvey
Ocean Racing Technology
1:51.456
19
21.
Mikhail Aleshin
Carlin
1:51.482
21
22.
Andrea Caldarelli
Ocean Racing Technology
1:51.571
6
23.
Michael Herck
Scuderia Coloni
1:51.615
16
24.
Stefano Coletti
Trident Racing
1:51.760
14
25.
Pal Varhaug
Dams
1:51.802
21
26.
Fairuz Fauzy
Super Nova Racing
1:52.141
19
 
Afternoon Session
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Giedo van der Garde
Barwa Addax Team
1:48.499
17
2.
Sam Bird
iSport International
1:48.778
14
3.
Jules Bianchi
Lotus ART
1:48.868
12
4.
Charles Pic
Barwa Addax Team
1:49.156
23
5.
Davide Valsecchi
Team AirAsia
1:49.185
20
6.
Josef Kral
Arden International
1:49.220
13
7.
Romain Grosjean
Dams
1:49.340
25
8.
Max Chilton
Carlin
1:49.413
25
9.
Dani Clos
Racing Engineering
1:49.431
20
10.
Marcus Ericsson
iSport International
1:49.474
14
11.
Luiz Razia
Team AirAsia
1:49.591
20
12.
Stefano Coletti
Trident Racing
1:49.627
19
13.
Esteban Gutierrez
Lotus ART
1:49.740
15
14.
Andrea Caldarelli
Ocean racing Technology
1:49.888
23
15.
Johnny Cecotto
Super Nova Racing
1:49.914
24
16.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Trident Racing
1:49.945
14
17.
Nathanael Berthon
Racing Engineering
1:49.956
19
18.
Oliver Turvey
Ocean Racing Technology
1:49.982
19
19.
James Jakes
Scuderia Coloni
1:50.129
9
20.
Pal Varhaug
Dams
1:50.207
16
21.
Julian Leal
Rapax
1:50.310
15
22.
Fairuz Fauzy
Super Nova Racing
1:50.495
22
23.
Michael Herck
Scuderia Coloni
1:50.566
20
24.
Fabio Leimer
Rapax
1:50.703
13
25.
Mikhail Aleshin
Carlin
1:50.727
16
26.
Jolyon Palmer
Arden International
1:50.995
17