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Racing Engineering ace quickest on final day

The last 2011 post-season test day took place today at Circuit de Catalunya. The paddock welcomed two new faces for the occasion, namely Pole Kuba Giermaziak at iSport and Spaniard Albert Costa at Super Nova Racing. GP2 race winner Giacomo Ricci returned to the field at Super Nova, GP3 2011 runner-up James Calado rejoined Lotus ART, and Sam Bird tested again with Trident Racing.

The session opened in cooler conditions than yesterday and it was Fabio Leimer who set the early pace ahead of rookie Rio Haryanto at Dams. A red flag interrupted the proceedings in the first hour after Carlin’s Kevin Magnussen went into the gravel bed at Turn 5. At mid-session, Esteban Gutierrez went top, 0.5s quicker than Leimer while Bird slipped into P2 ahead of Kevin Ceccon. But Leimer topped the timesheet again, going 0.2s quicker than the Lotus ART ace. Minutes later, Alexander Rossi moved up to P3 but Stefano Coletti at Coloni found extra pace to edge the American out. The session was red flagged for the second time after rookie Costa stopped on track. At the re-start, Leimer held on to the top spot ahead of Bird. A final red flag happened in the dying minutes when Haryanto stopped on track. Leimer ended the morning session on top ahead of Bird and Gutierrez. Magnussen, Coletti, Ceccon, Antonio Felix Da Costa, Rossi, Haryanto and Julian Leal completed the top 10.

The final session started with Rossi topping the timesheet early on leaving his rivals with no other choice but to try and better his laptime. Brendon Hartley at Ocean Racing was the closest to the American and remained ahead of his teammate Felix Da Costa for most of the session. At the start of the final hour, Jake Rosenwzeig at  Barwa Addax move up to P3. While most of the drivers were busy doing race simulations, Coletti went top, 0.1s quicker than Rossi. Nathanaël Berthon made his way up to P3. At the chequered flag, Coletti remained on top although he did not beat Leimer’s fastest morning laptime. Rossi, Berthon, Hartley, Jake Rosenzweig, Felix Da Costa, Fabio Onidi, Nigel Melker, Julian Leal and Leimer rounded up the top 10. The session was briefly interrupted once when James Calado stopped at turn 6.

Today marked the end of the post-season tests. GP2 SeriesTM will be back in action in three weeks at Yas Marina Circuit for the 2011 GP2 Final in Abu Dhabi alongside Formula OneTM.

 

Morning session

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:29.324

30

2. Sam Bird Trident Racing 1:29.549

20

3. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1:29.588

34

4. Kevin Magnussen Carlin 1:29.697

27

5. Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 1:29.736

25

6. Kevin Ceccon Scuderia Coloni 1:29.753

24

7. Antonio Felix Da Costa Ocean Racing Technology 1:29.758

27

8. Alexander Rossi Caterham Team AirAsia 1:29.808

20

9. Rio Haryanto Dams 1:29.827

36

10. Julian Leal Rapax 1:29.851

29

11. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:29.916

36

12. Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 1:29.931

18

13. Josef Kral Barwa Addax Team 1:30.024

33

14. Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 1:30.025

38

15. Simon Trummer Arden International 1:30.219

30

16. Brendon Hartley Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.268

31

17. Nigel Melker iSport International 1:30.276

24

18. James Calado Lotus ART 1:30.308

28

19. Craig Dolby Arden International 1:30.374

21

20. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Dams 1:30.446

36

21. Jakes Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:30.603

34

22. Albert Costa Super Nova Racing 1:30.604

35

23. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Team AirAsia 1:30.944

35

24. Fabio Onidi Rapax 1:30.998

30

25. Giacomo Ricci Super Nova Racing 1:31.031

26

26. Kuba Giermaziak iSport International !;31.043

24

Afternoon Session

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 1:30.607

21

2. Alexander Rossi Caterham Team AirAsia 1:30.749

53

3. Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 1:31.023

18

4. Brendon Hartley Ocean Racing Technology 1:31.075

28

5. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:31.088

34

6. Antonio Felix Da Costa Ocean Racing Technology 1:31.093

37

7. Fabio Onidi Rapax 1:31.116

36

8. Nigel Melker iSport International 1:31.131

37

9. Julian Leal Rapax 1:31.221

20

10. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:31.274

35

11. Giacomo Ricci Super Nova Racing 1:31.281

21

12. Josef Kral Barwa Addax Team 1:31.411

32

13. Kevin Magnussen Carlin 1:31.562

14

14. Albert Costa Super Nova Racing 1:31.650

21

15. Kevin Ceccon Scuderia Coloni 1:31.697

33

16. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Dams 1:31.698

34

17. Kuba Giermaziak iSport International 1:31.933

34

18. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:31.984

36

19. Craig Dolby Arden International 1:32.282

30

20. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Team AirAsia 1:32.282

32

21. Sam Bird Trident Racing 1:32.324

32

22. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1:33.270

36

23. Rio Haryanto Dams 1:33.485

42

24. James Calado Lotus ART 1:33.655

45

25. Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 1:34.242

35

26. Simon Trummer Arden International 1:35.083

46