Fabrizio Crestani, GP2 Series Media

Venezuela GP Lazarus driver quickest on day 1 of second pre-season testing

GP2 Series 2012 pre-season testing resumed this week at Circuit de Catalunya. Four new faces joined the field: Giancarlo Serenelli at Venezuela GP Lazarus, Ricardo Teixeira and Sergio Canamasas at Rapax, and Jon Lancaster at Ocean Racing Technology.

Fabrizio Crestani proved today that new team Venezuela GP Lazarus is already on the pace in comparison with the rest of the field after he set the quickest laptime of the day in the morning session whilst Max Chilton at Carlin was fastest this afternoon.

The three-day session opened in cool temperatures. Although most drivers took to the track early for their installation laps, it was a slow first hour with only six racers to clock in a laptime, Crestani being the quickest in a 1:30.271. As the temperature rose slowly, drivers went out for their first stints and Esteban Gutierrez was the first one to dip under 1m30s, one tenth faster than Chilton. But the Briton improved and bettered the Mexican’s laptime by one tenth of a second.

Halfway through the morning session, Giedo van der Garde took control of the timesheets with a 1:29.750, but with one hour left on the clock, Stefano Coletti went top, 0.037s faster than the Dutchman. Crestani’s efforts in the final thirty minutes were rewarded with a laptime of 1:29.420, two tenths clear from his closest rival Jolyon Palmer. In the dying minutes, both Julian Leal and Nathanaël Berthon stopped on track prompting a red flag. The session was not resumed and Crestani finished on top ahead of Palmer, Stéphane Richelmi, Rio Haryanto, Coletti, Davide Valsecchi, Leal, van der Garde, Chilton and Simon Trummer.

The afternoon session saw James Calado set the early pace. A first red flag interrupted the proceedings after Felipe Nasr ran a bit too wide and stopped in the gravel bed. At the restart, van der Garde went top and another red flag stopped the session following Fabio Onidi spinning at the exit of Turn 9. The remaining of the session ran smoothly. Coletti was the first driver to dip under 1m30s, but his laptime was bettered by Chilton. Carlin’s Briton set a laptime of 1:29.479 with one hour left on the clock. He stayed unchallenged until the chequered flag, Leal ending a shy 0.01s behind Chilton. Ericsson, Coletti, Calado van der Garde, Valsecchi, Gutiérrez, Johnny Cecotto and Trummer completed the top 10.

Luiz Razia did not take part of the session as he was feeling under the weather.

Tomorrow’s session will start at 9am local time.

 

Morning results

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:29.420

23

2. Jolyon Palmer iSport International 1:29.645

23

3. Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 1:29.658

23

4. Rio Haryanto Carlin 1:29.673

30

5. Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 1:29.713

15

6. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 1:29.726

23

7. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1:29.743

27

8. Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 1:29.750

16

9. Max Chilton Carlin 1:29.774

15

10. Simon Trummer Arden International 1:29.892

29

11. Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 1:29.932

22

12. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:29.994

23

13. James Calado Lotus GP 1:30.245

18

14. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:30.356

22

15. Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 1:30.366

16

16. Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.703

25

17. Johnny Cecotto Barwa Addax Team 1:30.726

16

18. Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 1:30.861

17

19. Felipe Nasr DAMS 1:30.907

23

20. Josef Kral Barwa Addax Team 1:31.606

9

21. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Racing 1:32.472

24

22. Sergio Canamasas Rapax 1:32.662

30

23. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 1:33.189

27

24. Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:35.588

34

25. Luiz Razia Arden International

2

26. Jon Lancaster Ocean Racing Technology

2

Afternoon results

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Max Chilton Carlin 1:29.479

23

2. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1:29.494

24

3. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:29.605

21

4. Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 1:29.687

26

5. James Calado Lotus GP 1:29.740

22

6. Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 1:29.769

26

7. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 1:29.877

41

8. Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 1:29.902

25

9. Johnny Cecotto Barwa Addax Team 1:29.947

28

10. Simon Trummer Arden International 1:29.980

36

11. Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 1:30.014

29

12. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:30.053

30

13. Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 1:30.311

20

14. Jolyon Palmer iSport International 1:30.323

28

15. Felipe Nasr DAMS 1:30.393

23

16. Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 1:30.577

26

17. Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.603

18

18. Jon Lancaster Ocean Racing Technology 1:30.715

36

19. Sergio Canamasas Rapax 1:31.468

39

20. Rio Haryanto Carlin 1:31.646

21

21. Josef Kral Barwa Addax Team 1:31.696

29

22. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Racing 1:31.967

24

23. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 1:32.613

24

24. Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:33.456

27

25. Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:35.420

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