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Mexican ace dominates at Yas Marina Circuit

It was the perfect start to the 2011 GP2 Final in Abu Dhabi for Lotus ART’s Esteban Gutierrez. In the forty five minute long practice session, the Mexican crushed the rest of the field after he clocked in a best laptime of 1:50.458 in the first third of the session with his closest rivals unable to match his pace.

The teams were greeted by dry and warm conditions this morning for the practice session of their last outing in 2011. All twenty six cars fed onto the track as soon as the lights turned green. The first fifteen minutes saw a three-way battle for the top spot between Dani Clos at Rapax, Fabio Leimer at Racing Engineering and iSport’s Tom Dillmann. The GP3 graduate eventually topped the timing sheet just as Julian Leal lost control of his Trident car and slid into the barrier at Turn 19 which ended his session prematurely, prompting the yellow flags.

When the track was clear again, Gutierrez had completed five laps and was sitting at the back of the timesheet. On his next lap, he lit all sectors in purple and went top, 1.5s quicker than Dillmann. The Mexican’s laptime was then never bettered. In spite of their best efforts, Gutierrez’s closest rivals never found the extra pace that would knock him out of P1 and they were left to try and reduce the gap as much as possible. At the chequered flag, it was Leimer who managed to get the closest to Gutierrez, 0.5s off.

Dillmann did not fail to impress on his first GP2 outing lying third ahead of Max Chilton, Clos, Luiz Razia, Nathanaël Berthon, Marcus Ericsson and Giacomo Ricci. The Italian however is under investigation along with rookie Nicolas Marroc for ignoring waved yellow flags.

The cars will be back in action this afternoon for the qualifying session at 14.55 local time.

2011 GP2 Final – Free Practice

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1:50.442

16

2. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:50.957

17

3. Tom Dillmann iSport International 1:50.999

16

4. Max Chilton Carlin 1:51.018

15

5. Dani Clos Rapax 1:51.093

17

6. Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia 1:51.288

13

7. Nathanaël Berthon Racign Engineering 1:51.411

14

8. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:51.527

14

9. Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 1:51.746

15

10. Giacomo Ricci Super Nova Racing 1:51.847

17

11. Kevin Ceccon Scuderia Coloni 1:51.917

17

12. Jolyon Palmer Barwa Addax Team 1:51.932

17

13. Nigel Melker Dams 1:52.137

17

14. Alexander Rossi Caterham Team AirAsia 1:52.258

11

15. Simon Trummer Arden International 1:52.287

18

16. Rio Haryanto Dams 1:52.350

19

17. Josef Kral Arden International 1:52.585

16

18. Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 1:52.646

18

19 James Calado Lotus ART 1:52.665

17

20. Antonio Felix Da Costa Ocean Racing Technology 1:52.674

21

21. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:52.779

16

22. Jan Charouz Carlin 1:52.856

11

23. Nicolas Marroc Ocean Racing Technology 1:53.042

17

24. Fabio Onidi Super Nova Racing 1:53.130

16

25. Mihai Marinescu Rapax 1:53.446

18

26. Julian Leal Trident Racing 2:02.583

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