Esteban Gutierrez, GP2 Series Media

Lotus GP driver ends final pre-season test with another fastest laptime

Esteban Gutiérrez set the quickest laptime again in today’s final pre-season test in Barcelona. The young Mexican set a laptime of 1:29.154 in the morning session ahead of last week’s fastest man in Jerez, Davide Valsecchi. In the afternoon session, it was Frenchman Tom Dillmann at Rapax who finished top ahead of Stefano Coletti.

The final 2012 pre-season testing day opened in Circuit de Catalunya in sunny conditions. After a quiet first half hour which saw Nigel Melker leading the way, Fabrizio Crestani was the first man to dip under 1m29s. The proceedings were red flagged after Fabio Onidi ran wide at Turn 4 and stopped in the gravel bed. At the restart, Crestani was still in control of the timesheet ahead of Melker and Luiz Razia. A second red flag occurred after Simon Trummer stopped on track at Turn 10. When the track was live again, Dillmann went quickest leading from James Calado.

With one hour left on the clock, yesterday’s quickest man Esteban Gutiérrez headed the timesheets again with a 1:29.154, 0.1s faster than Valsecchi. In the dying minutes of the session, Johnny Cecotto caused a third red flag after he spun and stopped on the track. At the chequered flag, Gutiérrez remained top ahead of Valsecchi, Dillmann, Max Chilton, Giedo van der Garde, Calado, Crestani, Melker and Onidi.

After a one hour break, the drivers took to the track for their final runs. Dillmann was quick on pace and clocked a 1:29.705 laptime to put him on top of the timesheets early on. Trummer caused a red flag after he ran off the track on cold tyres ending his day prematurely. At the restart, teams resumed with their programmes which included long runs and pitstop practices. A second red flag halted the session after Julian Leal stopped on track. Another brief interruption occurred shortly after the restart when Felipe Nasr stopped on track as well.

In the final hour of the session, Dillmann was still leading the way, 0.6s ahead of Crestani. Stefano Coletti closed the gap with the Frenchman when he also dipped under 1m30s. At the chequered flag, both men led ahead of Crestani, Nasr, Jon Lancaster, Marcus Ericsson, Valsecchi, Onidi, Jolyon Palmer and Ricardo Teixeira.

The thirteen GP2 are now headed to Malaysia where the season opener will take place in two weeks.

 

Morning results

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 1:29.154

25

2. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 1:29.318

26

3. Tom Dillmann Rapax 1:29.455

25

4. Max Chilton Carlin 1:29.456

25

5. Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 1:29.490

15

6. James Calado Lotus GP 1:29.599

19

7. Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:29.581

27

8. Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 1:29.632

36

9. Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 1:29.679

23

10. Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 1:29.694

28

11. Luiz Razia Arden International 1:29.748

26

12. Jolyon Palmer iSport International 1:29.849

22

13. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:29.977

20

14. Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 1:30.031

29

15. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:30.047

18

16. Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 1:30.055

20

17. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1:30.075

38

18. Rio Haryanto Carlin 1:30.211

35

19. Josef Kral Barwa Addax Team 1:30.250

30

20. Johnny Cecotto Barwa Addax Team 1:30.287

28

21. Simon Trummer Arden International 1:30.477

23

22. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Racing 1:30.680

24

23. Jon Lancaster Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.724

29

24. Felipe Nasr DAMS 1:31.029

25

25. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 1:31.766

24

26. Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1 :32.872

35

Afternoon results

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Tom Dillmann Rapax 1:29.705

33

2. Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 1:29.918

24

3. Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:30.385

13

4. Felipe Nasr DAMS 1:30.740

36

5. Jon Lancaster Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.890

26

6. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:31.175

31

7. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 1:31.197

37

8. Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 1:31.324

25

9. Jolyon Palmer iSport International 1:31.352

36

10. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 1:31.406

35

11. Luiz Razia Arden International 1:31.611

56

12. Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 1:32.295

28

13. Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 1:32.339

31

14. Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 1:32.364

51

15. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1:32.923

41

16. Max Chilton Carlin 1:33.459

52

17. Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:33.529

22

18. James Calado Lotus GP 1:33.579

52

19. Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 1:33.847

52

20. Johnny Cecotto Barwa Addax Team 1:34.086

52

21. Josef Kral Barwa Addax Team 1:34.088

40

22. Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 1:34.495

39

23. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:34.521

34

24. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Racing 1:34.750

46

25. Rio Haryanto Carlin 1:35.312

15

26. Simon Trummer Arden International

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