GP2 LogoIndonesian driver tops second day of post season testing in Abu Dhabi

Rio Haryanto topped the second day of post season testing at the Yas Marina Circuit. The Indonesian who switched to EQ8 Caterham Racing today set a laptime of 1:49.203 this evening. In the morning session, it was FIA Formula 3 European Champion Raffaele Marciello who led the way.

When the pitlane opened this morning, Stoffel Vandoorne (ART) was quick to set the early pace ahead of Rio Haryanto, the Indonesian driver having moved to Caterham for the day. Thirty minutes into the session however, it was Jolyon Palmer who topped the timesheet in 1:50.556 with the DAMS car. The Briton remained the fastest man on track until the final hour when Marciello broke under the 1m50s barrier with a laptime of 1:49.964. In the closing stages of the session, the Trident man found some extra pace and improved his personal best by four tenths. Julian Leal who switched to Arden today also dipped under 1m50s but remained four tenths slower than Marciello. At the Chequered flag, behind the pair of Marciello and Leal, Haryanto, Stéphane Richelmi, Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin), GP3 graduate Tio Ellinas (MP Motorsport), Hilmer’s Daniel Abt and Rene Binder, and Andre Negrao (Racing Engineering) completed the top ten.

When the second session of the day opened at night-time, Haryanto was quick to set the pace in 1:50.141, but it was Vandoorne who first dipped under 1m50s. The Belgian’s time was bettered then by Will Stevens (Caterham) with Johnny Cecotto (Lazarus) a shy one thousandth slower. The session was red flagged after Arthur Pic stopped his ART car on track. When the proceedings resumed, Haryanto found some extra pace to set a laptime of 1:49.203 which was never beaten. The final thirty minutes of the session saw Palmer surge to P2 ahead of Marciello and Vandoorne. Ellinas, Daniel Abt (Hilmer), Stevens, Cecotto, Negrao and Binder completed the top ten.

Tomorrow’s final day will see some more changes in the entry list starting with Vandoorne moving to DAMS whilst Conor Daly will test at ART alongside Nikolay Martsenko. Nathanaël Berthon will join Arden with Pic whilst Marciello and Mitch Evans will join Racing Engineering for the day. Carlin will welcome Andre Negrao and Addax will test with Facu Regalia. Johnny Cecotto will switch to Rapax. Trident will have a new line up made of Giovanni Venturini and Gianmarco Raimondo. Leal will move to Hilmer. Finally, Lazarus will test Dani Clos and Binder.

Morning results

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Raffaele Marciello Trident Racing 1:49.598

16

2. Julian Leal Arden International 1:49.917

26

3. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:50.261

27

4. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:50.341

26

5. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:50.471

27

6. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin 1:50.483

24

7. Tio Ellinas MP Motorsport 1:50.505

26

8. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:50.568

24

9. Rene Binder Hilmer Motorsport 1:50.602

25

10. Andre Negrao Racing Engineering 1:50.655

28

11. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:50.680

29

12. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:50.827

33

13. Will Stevens EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:50.829

23

14. Nico Müller Racing Engineering 1:50.948

24

15. Rodolfo Gonzalez Barwa Addax Team 1:50.998

28

16. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:51.127

17

17. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:51.141

24

18. Arthur Pic ART Grand Prix 1:51.155

31

19. Carlos Huertas Carlin 1:51.389

31

20. Giovanni Venturini Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:51.399

27

21. Pietro Fantin Arden International 1:51.495

33

22. Sandy Stuvik Rapax 1:51.589

21

23. Adderly Fong Trident Racing 1:51.965

30

24. Jordan King Barwa Addax Team 1:52.162

31

25. Johnny Cecotto Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:52.718

28

26. Sam Bird RUSSIAN TIME 1:53.281

43

Evening results

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:49.203

27

2. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:49.338

34

3. Raffaele Marciello Trident Racing 1:49.411

33

4. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:49.542

29

5. Tio Ellinas MP Motorsport 1:49.630

32

6. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:49.645

23

7. Will Stevens EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:49.664

25

8. Johnny Cecotto Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:49.665

27

9. Andre Negrao Racing Engineering 1:49.744

29

10. Rene Binder Hilmer Motorsport 1:49.755

31

11. Nico Müller Racing Engineering 1:49.803

27

12. Julian Leal Arden International 1:49.859

23

13. Jordan King Barwa Addax Team 1:49.952

23

14. Arthur Pic ART Grand Prix 1:50.005

17

15. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:50.028

25

16. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:50.056

29

17. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin 1:50.207

29

18. Giovanni Venturini Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:50.249

27

19. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:50.468

19

20. Rodolfo Gonzalez Barwa Addax Team 1:50.499

24

21. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:50.581

23

22. Sandy Stuvik Rapax 1:50.633

18

23. Carlos Huertas Carlin 1:50.706

28

24. Pietro Fantin Arden International 1:50.742

26

25. Adderly Fong Trident Racing 1:51.089

28

26. Sam Bird RUSSIAN TIME 1:51.701

23