GP2 logoRapax driver quickest at Circuit de Catalunya

 

Stefano Coletti started his three-day test session in the best possible way, topping the timesheets in the afternoon session and on a drying track. James Calado was quickest in a wet morning session.

 

A short few days following the end of the first GP2 Series pre-season test session in Jerez, the paddock remained in Spain, but relocated to Barcelona for the second and final testing days before the eighth season starts in Malaysia later this month.

 

The conditions could not have been more miserable as the session opened this morning at Circuit de Catalunya with heavy rain and strong winds sweeping over the track. Simon Trummer was the first driver to test the track conditions, but after thirty minutes of running, only four drivers had set a laptime, Daniel De Jong topping the timesheets.

 

The proceedings were halted twice in the first hour, first when Rio Haryanto clipped the barrier at turn 2 and then when Kevin Giovesi stopped at turn 8. Halfway through the session, Tom Dillmann went top for newcomers RUSSIAN TIME, but Calado also improved and edged the Frenchman out with a laptime of 1:50.928. De Jong moved up to P2 but remained 1.4s slower than the Brit. With six minutes left on the clock, a final red flag stopped the session when Rodolfo Gonzalez and Ma Qing Hua simultaneously went off track at turns 7 and 12 respectively. Calado, De Jong, Trummer, Fabio Leimer, Julia Leal, Dillmann, Daniel Abt, Felipe Nasr, Robin Frijns, and Rene Binder rounded up the top ten.

 

The rain eventually bowed out and the afternoon session opened under grey skies. In drying conditions, the laptimes dropped significantly and it was finally time for everyone to tap into their stock of hard compounds. Dillmann and teammate Luciano Bacheta were the first ones to venture out on track on slicks and were rewarded with P1 and P2, the Frenchman ahead of the Brit. Frijns also improved and took control of the timesheets, but his best laptime was first bettered by Coletti who was then nudged out by De Jong with a laptime of 1:30.558.

 

The final hour of the day saw the drivers constantly improving their personal best and in the dying minutes, Frijns was the first man to dip under 1m30s, but Nasr went quickest until Coletti set a laptime of 1:29.868 and claimed the top spot until the chequered flag. Nasr finished a hair’s breadth of the Monegasque driver, closely followed by Frijns – today’s best rookie. Calado, Johnny Cecotto, Leimer, Stéphane Richelmi, De Jong, Jolyon Palmer and Abt rounded up the top ten.

 

Tomorrow’s session will start at 9am local time where more rain is expected.

 

Morning results

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:50.928

20

2. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:51.858

34

3. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:52.240

27

4. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:52.316

21

5. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:52.334

24

6. Tom Dillmann RUSSIAN TIME 1:52.355

15

7. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:52.416

19

8. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:52.630

19

9. Robin Frijns Trident Racing 1:52.716

15

10. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:53.097

28

11. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:53.252

25

12. Ma Qing Hua Caterham Racing 1:53.307

37

13. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:53.383

17

14. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:53.549

20

15. Sergio Canamasas Caterham Racing 1:53.613

30

16. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:53.621

33

17. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:53.690

28

18. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:53.822

25

19. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:53.957

17

20. Conor Daly Hilmer Motorsport 1:54.099

28

21. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:54.641

14

22. Luciano Bacheta RUSSIA TIME 1:54.948

17

23. Pal Varhaug Hilmer Motorsport 1:55.910

20

24. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:57.604

9

25. Stefano Coletti Rapax

2

26. Kevin Giovesi Venezuela GP Lazarus

1

Afternoon results

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:29.868

24

2. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:29.926

18

3. Robin Frijns Trident Racing 1:29.951

19

4. James Calado ART Grand 1:30.239

24

5. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:30.323

25

6. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:30.335

16

7. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:30.350

22

8. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:30.487

23

9. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:30.505

23

10. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:30.522

21

11. Kevin Giovesi Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:30.551

16

12. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:30.781

24

13. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:30.831

29

14. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:31.027

25

15. Sergio Canamasas Caterham Racing 1:31.032

21

16. Tom Dillmann RUSSIAN TIME 1:31.035

25

17. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:31.075

24

18. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:31.433

22

19. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:31.520

28

20. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:31.626

23

21. Conor Daly Hilmer Motorsport 1:32.141

29

22. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:32.178

23

23. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:32.586

24

24. Luciano Bacheta RUSSIAN TIME 1:32.712

32

25. Ma Qing Hua Caterham Racing 1:33.360

26

26. Pal Varhaug Hilmer Motorsport 1:34.357

17