Esteban Gutiérrez, GP2 Series Media

Lotus GP ace sets best laptime in Barcelona

Esteban Gutiérrez finished at the top of the timesheets today after putting in a laptime of 1:28.740, 0.004s ahead of Giedo van der Garde in a very closely fought morning session. Julian Leal topped the afternoon session ahead of Nigel Melker.

The temperatures were very cold as day two of the second 2012 pre-season testing opened at Circuit de Catalunya. James Calado set the early pace, two hundredths quicker than his teammate Gutiérrez, but the Briton’s laptime was later bettered by GP3 graduate Rio Haryanto. Max Chilton was the first driver to dip under 1m29s in what looked like a qualifying session for most racers as they compared the performance between Pirelli Prime and Option tyres. By mid-session, Gutiérrez went top, a mere 0.008s faster than Chilton whilst Davide Valsecchi also broke the 1m29s barrier and put his DAMS car into P3. In an extremely competitive and trouble-free session, van der Garde found the extra pace to slip into P2, four thousands of a second shy from Gutiérrez’ laptime. At the chequered flag, the top three remained unchanged and were followed by Valsecchi, Stefano Coletti, Luiz Razia, Calado, Fabrizio Crestani, Jolyon Palmer and Fabio Onidi.

After the lunch break, Stéphane Richelmi set the early pace, but his teammate Julian Leal went two tenths quicker and took control of the timesheets early on and remained unchallenged until the chequered flag. The remainder of the three hour session was used by the drivers to work on race simulations and pit stop practice. With only fifteen days left before the season opener in Sepang, the teams’ main focus was on finding the best set up. In the final half hour, Melker went second fastest. Richelmi, Josef Kral, Tom Dillmann (replacing Sergio Canamasas at Rapax), Razia, Jon Lancaster, Ricardo Teixeira, Haryanto and Gutiérrez rounded up the top ten.

Tomorrow’s session will start at 9am local time and run until 12pm. After a one hour break, it will run from 1pm until 4pm.

 

Morning results

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 1:28.740

36

2. Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 1:28.744

30

3. Max Chilton Carlin 1:28.748

29

4. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 1:28.785

25

5. Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 1:29.047

24

6. Luiz Razia Arden International 1:29.065

35

7. James Calado Lotus GP 1:29.100

37

8. Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:29.150

22

9. Jolyon Palmer iSport International 1:29.195

21

10. Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 1:29.198

27

11. Tom Dillmann Rapax 1:29.289

26

12. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:29.339

28

13. Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 1:29.397

29

14. Rio Haryanto Carlin 1:29.515

26

15. Jon Lancaster Ocean Racing Technology 1:29.533

30

16. Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 1:29.540

28

17. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:29.547

27

18. Josef Kral Barwa Addax Team 1:29.621

32

19. Felipe Nasr DAMS 1:29.865

35

20. Simon Trummer Arden International 1:29.881

33

21. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Racing 1:30.169

36

22. Johnny Cecotto Barwa Addax Team 1:30.200

28

23. Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 1:30.553

24

24. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1:30.747

6

25. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 1:31.220

22

26. Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:32.740

37

Afternoon results

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1:29.653

42

2. Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 1:29.680

16

3. Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 1:29.860

37

4. Josef Kral Barwa Addax Team 1:29.924

27

5. Tom Dillmann Rapax 1:29.937

23

6. Luiz Razia Arden International 1:29.970

30

7. Jon Lancaster Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.259

34

8. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 1:31.877

28

9. Rio Haryanto Carlin 1:32.581

30

10. Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 1:32.613

47

11. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:32.751

36

12. Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:32.842

21

13. Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:33.089

24

14. Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 1:33.154

30

15. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:33.225

37

16. Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 1:33.387

48

17. Jolyon Palmer iSport International 1:33.410

41

18. Felipe Nasr DAMS 1:33.461

32

19. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 1:33.485

32

20. Max Chilton Carlin 1:33.485

37

21. Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 1:33.616

33

22. James Calado Lotus GP 1:33.677

49

23. Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 1:33.751

45

24. Simon Trummer Arden International 1:33.761

52

25. Johnny Cecotto Barwa Addax Team 1:34.542

34

26. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Racing 1:35.054

47