GP2 LogoBelgium driver quickest of post-season testing in 1:48.657 at Yas Marina Circuit

The final day of post season testing took place today at Yas Marina Circuit with a slightly changed field, some drivers who have been testing on the previous days moving to new teams whilst new drivers joined the action.

The pitlane opened this morning and all twenty six cars fed onto the track. Jordan King (Addax) set the early pace ahead of Stéphane Richelmi before a short red flag period as Daniel Abt (Hilmer) stopped on track. At the re-start Carlin’s Jazeman Jaafar claimed the top spot ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne who switched to DAMS today. The Belgium later improved on the Malaysian’s time by five tenths and led the way. His teammate Richelmi was the first man to dip under 1m50s and with thirty minutes left on the clock, Vandoorne found some extra pace and reclaimed P1. A second red flag period interrupted the proceedings as Rene Binder (Lazarus) also stopped on track. The track was live again shortly after, but Vandoorne remained top. At the chequered flag, he was leading GP3 runner-up Facu Regalia (Addax), Richelmi, Arthur Pic (Arden), Simon Trummer, Mitch Evans (Racing Engineering), GP3 graduate Giovanni Venturini (Trident), Andre Negrao (Carlin), Johnny Cecotto (Rapax) and Dani Clos (Lazarus).

As soon as the pitlane re-opened for the evening session, Vandoorne wasted no time to top the timesheet and dip under 1m50s, but the Belgium’s laptime was bettered by yesterday’s quickest man Rio Haryanto (Caterham). The rest of the session saw both men fighting for the top stop with the Belgium being the first to break the 1m49s barrier benefiting from cooler track temperatures than yesterday. In the final hour, Vandoorne set a string of flyers with the best one a 1:48.657 – the best laptime of all three days of testing at Yas Marina Circuit. In the dying minutes of the session, Venturini found some clean air to move up to P2. At the chequered flag, Vandoorne remained top ahead of Venturini, Haryanto, Raffaele Marciello (racing Engineering), Daniel Abt (Hilmer), Tio Ellinas (MP Motorsport), Cecotto, Regalia, Richelmi and Jordan King (Addax).

That’s a wrap to the 2013 GP2 Series season. The paddock will gather early in 2014 for the pre-season testing (dates and venues to be announced shortly).

Morning results

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Stoffel Vandoorne DAMS 1:49.322

28

2. Facu Regalia Barwa Addax Team 1:49.764

24

3. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:49.904

24

4. Arthur Pic Arden International 1:50.095

30

5. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:50.116

22

6. Mitch Evans Racing Engineering 1:50.226

26

7. Giovanni Venturini Trident Racing 1:50.241

22

8. Andre Negrao Carlin 1:50.301

22

9. Johnny Cecotto Rapax 1:50.330

21

10. Dani Clos Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:50.374

27

11. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:50.393

14

12. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:50.440

17

13. Julian Leal Hilmer Motorsport 1:50.562

27

14. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:50.610

27

15. Jordan King Barwa Addax Team 1:50.757

21

16. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin 1:50.961

26

17. Nathanaël Berthon Arden International 1:50.976

23

18. Tio Ellinas MP Motorsport 1:51.079

24

19. Conor Daly ART Grand Prix 1:51.514

33

20. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:51.657

15

21. Gianmarco Raimondo Trident Racing 1:51.675

31

22. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:51.865

10

23. Nikolay Martsenko ART Grand Prix 1:52.370

41

24. Sam Bird RUSSIAN TIME 1:52.538

27

25. Will Stevens EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:53.551

20

26. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:53.648

24

Evening results

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Stoffel Vandoorne DAMS 1:48.657

34

2. Giovanni Venturini Trident Racing 1:48.710

34

3. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:48.796

32

4. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:49.052

26

5. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:49.090

31

6. Tio Ellinas MP Motorsport 1:49.157

29

7. Johnny Cecotto Rapax 1:49.256

30

8. Facu Regalia Barwa Addax Team 1:49.373

20

9. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:49.374

34

10. Jordan King Barwa Addax Team 1:49.440

26

11. Will Stevens EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:49.570

29

12. Andre Negrao Carlin 1:49.600

28

13. Nathanaël Berthon Arden International 1:49.611

28

14. Julian Leal Hilmer Motorsport 1:49.680

31

15. Arthur Pic Arden International 1:49.690

33

16. Mitch Evans Racing Engineering 1:49.704

24

17. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:49.727

19

18. Dani Clos Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:49.854

30

19. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin 1:49.912

32

20. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:49.982

37

21. Nikolay Martsenko ART Grand Prix 1:50.110

32

22. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:50.294

36

23. Conor Daly ART Grand Prix 1:50.312

26

24. Gianmarco Raimondo Trident Racing 1:50.919

28

25. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:51.165

23

26. Sam Bird RUSSIAN TIME 1:51.696

22