GP2 logoART Grand Prix driver finishes second day of pre-season test on top

 

The 2012 GP2 Series best rookie James Calado was the quickest man today on a damp Circuit de Catalunya in this morning’s session with a laptime of 1:50.218. Johnny Cecotto topped the timesheet in the afternoon a shy nine hundredth away from Calado.

 

The second day of GP2 Series pre-season testing opened this morning in cold temperatures as the rain poured down. The drivers put their wet weather Pirelli tyres to good use as soon as the green light flashed in the pitlane. Daniel Abt was the early pace setter for ART Grand Prix, but it was his teammate Calado who set the record straight and put in a laptime of 1:50.218 ahead of Felipe Nasr whose best efforts put him sixth tenths away from the Brit. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs ended another seven tenths behind the Brazilian. Behind the top three, Rene Binder, Abt, Mitch Evans, Tom Dillmann, Marcus Ericsson, Cecotto and Kevin Giovesi rounded up the top ten. The session was briefly red flagged twice, first when Abt went off track and clipped the barrier at turn 4 putting a premature end to his morning’s endeavours. The second red flag was issued when Cecotto also went wide at Turn 4 in the closing minutes of the session.

 

The rain held off during the lunch break and hopes were high that we would see a dry afternoon session just as we did yesterday. Simon Trummer set the early pace for Rapax, but his time was bettered by one tenth by Quaife-Hobbs in the opening hour. Unfortunately, the weather gods had decided that today would not be a dry one and the rain picked up again. A first red flag halted the proceedings as Riccardo Agostini stopped at turn 4. The session resumed and Quaife-Hobbs remained top. Two more red flags appeared when Julian Leal first went wide and into the gravel bed, and when Rene Binder ran off at turn 7.

 

Cecotto found some extra pace in the final hour to claim the top spot in a 1:52.781. No one could better that time. In the dying minutes and after a late red flag courtesy of Abt again who stopped at turn 4, Calado and Nasr put their head down to claim P2 and P3 respectively. Giovesi, Quaife-Hobbs, Trummer, Daniel De Jong, Stefano Coletti and Dillmann rounded up to the top ten.

 

The final day of testing will start tomorrow at 9am local time. The weather forecast expects a dry day.

 

Morning results

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:50.218

30

2. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:50.902

14

3. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:51.642

29

4. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:51.689

17

5. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:52.034

24

6. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:52.176

24

7. Tom Dillmann RUSSIAN TIME 1:52.233

23

8. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:52.266

23

9. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:52.296

17

10. Kevin Giovesi Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:52.457

19

11. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:52.594

26

12. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:52.685

29

13. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:52.692

30

14. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:52.946

26

15. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:53.100

25

16. Sergio Canamasas Caterham Racing 1:53.160

21

17. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:53.216

25

18. Robin Frijns Trident Racing 1:53.649

2

19. Christopher Zanella RUSSIAN TIME 1:53.772

23

20. Conor Daly Hilmer Motorsport 1:53.912

17

21. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:53.994

12

22. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:54.075

18

23. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:54.547

20

24. Ma Qing Hua Caterham Racing 1:54.857

22

25. Riccardo Agostini Hilmer Motorsport 1:55.077

16

26. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:55.366

30

Afternoon results

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:52.781

18

2. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:52.878

28

3. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:52.892

24

4. Kevin Giovesi Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:53.081

21

5. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:53.243

30

6. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:53.414

32

7. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:53.515

26

8. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:53.524

37

9. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:53.818

14

10. Tom Dillmann RUSSIAN TIME 1:53.819

23

11. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:53.920

22

12. Conor Daly Hilmer Motorsport 1:53.983

22

13. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:54.137

29

14. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:54.161

36

15. Sergio Canamasas Caterham Racing 1:54.240

18

16. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:54.349

14

17. Robin Frijns Trident Racing 1:54.360

18

18. Ma Qing Hua Caterham Racing 1:54.494

33

19. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:54.513

17

20. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:54.563

27

21. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:54.662

35

22. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:54.845

23

23. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:54.940

23

24. Riccardo Agostini Hilmer Motorsport 1:55.359

26

25. Christopher Zanella RUSSIAN TIME 1:55.425

12

26. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:55.770

26