GP2 logoTrident rookie quickest at Yas Marina Circuit

F3 European champion Marciello Raffaele impressed on his first GP2 outing: the Italian set the best laptime of the day at the wheel of the Trident Racing car in a 1:49.811 in the evening session at Yas Marina Circuit. 2013 season best rookie Alexander Rossi was quickest in the morning session in his Caterham machine.

Just a couple of days after the chequered flag has dropped on the 2013 GP2 Series season, all thirteen teams stayed in Abu Dhabi for a three-day post-season test session, sharing the track time with GP3 Series cars. Pirelli have nominated Medium tyres for all three days.

The morning session opened at 12.00 local time and Johnny Cecotto set the early pace at the wheel of the Venezuela GP Lazarus car. The Venezuelan driver set a laptime of 1:50.642, six tenths quicker than Mitch Evans who tested at RUSSIAN TIME today. The session was trouble free with the exception of one red flag after rookie Denis Nagulin stopped his Lazarus car on track. In the final hour, Rossi found some extra pace to break under 1m50s and deny Cecotto top spot. Daniel Abt was also able to improve in the final minutes of the session to put his Hilmer car ahead of Cecotto. At the chequered flag, behind the top three, Evans was fourth. Marciello was fifth ahead of Daniel De Jong, Arden’s and rookie Nico Müller, Stéphane Richelmi, newcomer Will Stevens (MP Motorsport) and Rene Binder (Arden).

The action resumed at 6pm local time and under the lights of the Yas Marina Circuit. Richelmi was quick to set a laptime that put him at the top of the standings, but GP3 graduate Carlos Sainz (Carlin) dipped under 1m50s as rookie and McLaren protégé Stoffel Vandoorne also improved at the wheel of his ART car enough to move up to P2, but was still seven tenths slower than the Spaniard. He was edged out of second spot by Stevens. Binder was up next to try and catch Sainz. He reduced the gap, but was not able to match the Carlin man’s pace. Abt found some extra speed to move up to P2. With one hour left on the clock, Marciello went quickest, one tenth better than Sainz. In the dying minutes, a red flag interrupted the proceedings after Rossi stopped on the track following a tyre puncture due to flat spot. At the chequered flag, Marciello remained top ahead of Sainz, Abt, Cecotto, Jolyon Palmer, Evans, Binder, Stevens, newcomer Andre Negrao (Hilmer) and GP3 Vice Champion Facu Regalia (Caterham).

Day 2 of testing will see a few changes starting with Palmer moving to DAMS alongside Richelmi. Müller will join Racing Engineering with Negrao. Julian Leal will test at Arden International with Brazilian Pietro Fantin. Carlos Huertas will join Carlin for the day, whilst Sam Bird will substitute for an injured Tom Dillmann at RUSSIAN TIME. EQ8 Caterham Racing will test two new drivers: Rio Haryanto and Stevens. British F3 champion Jordan King will test at Barwa Addax Team whilst GP3 graduate Adderly Fong will test at Trident. Binder will move to Hilmer. Finally, GP3 graduates Giovanni Venturini and Tio Ellinas will test for Lazarus and MP Motorsport respectively.

Morning results

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:49.958

22

2. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:50.608

20

3. Johnny Cecotto Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:50.643

12

4. Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1:50.722

20

5. Raffaele Marciello Trident Racing 1:50.812

20

6. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:51.038

15

7. Nico Müller Arden International 1:51.144

23

8. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:51.152

20

9. Will Stevens MP Motorsport 1:51.210

21

10. Rene Binder Arden International 1:51.234

25

11. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:51.515

23

12. Carlos Sainz Carlin 1:51.536

20

13. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin 1:51.620

27

14. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1:51.627

13

15. Andre Negrao Hilmer Motorsport 1:51.734

21

16. Rio Haryanto Racing Engineering 1:51.779

24

17. Jolyon Palmer Racing Engineering 1:51.966

21

18. Rodolfo Gonzalez Barwa Addax Team 1:52.056

13

19. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:52.357

28

20. Arthur Pic ART Grand Prix 1:52.422

28

21. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:52.763

17

22. Sandy Stuvik Rapax 1:52.772

20

23. Nikolay Martsenko Barwa Addax Team 1:53.419

18

24. Denis Magulin Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:55.231

20

25. Facu Regalia EQ8 Caterham Racing

1

26. Kevin Magnussen DAMS

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Evening results

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Raffaele Marciello Trident Racing 1:49.811

17

2. Carlos Sainz Carlin 1:49.967

28

3. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:50.120

25

4. Johnny Cecotto Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:50.206

19

5. Jolyon Palmer Racing Engineering 1:50.238

28

6. Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1:50.279

22

7. Rene Binder Arden International 1:50.291

22

8. Will Stevens MP Motorsport 1:50.392

26

9. Andre Negrao Hilmer Motorsport 1:50.411

26

10. Facu Regalia EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:50.525

29

11. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:50.538

23

12. Arthur Pic ART Grand Prix 1:50.547

26

13. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:50.610

27

14. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1:50.631

26

15. Nicol Müller Arden International 1:50.634

20

16. Rio Haryanto Racing Engineering 1:50.712

24

17. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:50.791

27

18. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:50.900

25

19. Rodolfo Gonzalez Barwa Addax Team 1:50.993

25

20. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:51.106

22

21. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin 1:51.261

22

22. Nikolay Martsenko Barwa Addax Team 1:51.339

30

23. Sandy Stuvik Rapax 1:51.343

24

24. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham RaciNG 1:52.006

35

25. Denis Nagulin Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:53.510

24

26. Kevin Magnussen DAMS

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