GP2 LogoBriton fastest overall on Day 2 in Abu Dhabi

The second day of GP2 Series pre-season testing opened at Yas Marina Circuit this morning with Rio Haryanto setting the early pace just before a first red flag period after Stoffel Vandoorne clipped the barrier at Turn 19 and stopped on track. The proceedings resumed and Haryanto kept the top spot. A second red flag halted the action after Axcil Jefferies span and stopped at Turn 13.

The track went live again. Mitch Evans found some extra pace and improved on the Indonesian’s laptime by four tenths. After a third short red flag period courtesy of Jefferies who stopped at Turn 1, Jon Lancaster put his head down and first moved up to P2 before bettering Evans’ best by two tenths hence claiming the top spot ahead of Kimiya Sato. The rookie from Campos managed a laptime just one tenth slower than Lancaster.

In the final hour, Conor Daly collided with Facu Regalia at Turn 18 with the American barrelling into the barrier which prompted another red flag period and brought Daly’s day to an early end. The session restarted with twenty minutes left on the clock. Stéphane Richelmi went quickest, but it was his teammate and yesterday’s fastest man Jolyon Palmer who claimed the top spot with a laptime of 1:50.311, sixth tenths better than the Monegasque driver. At the chequered and behind the DAMS pair, Lancaster, Sato, Evans, Haryanto, Alexander Rossi, Felipe Nasr, Johnny Cecotto and Daly completed the top 10.

After the two hour break, Vandoorne was the first man back on track and he set the early pace. For this afternoon session, teams were mainly focused on race simulations, set-ups and pit stop practices. In the standings, Daniel Abt claimed the top spot until Daniel De Jong went quickest in the final hour. Then, Vandoorne bettered the Dutchman’s laptime and looked set to finish the day on top, but Cecotto eventually found some clean air to set a laptime of 1:50.760 good enough to end ahead of the Belgian driver. At the chequered flag, André Negrao, Regalia, Abt, Evans, Arthur Pic, Rene Binder and Lancaster rounded the top 10.

Tomorrow’s session will start again at 9am local time.

Morning results

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:50.311

27

2. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:50.947

28

3. Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1:51.005

20

4. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:51.204

18

5. Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:51.231

19

6. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:51.445

28

7. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:51.484

27

8. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:51.810

22

9. Johnny Cecotto Trident 1:51.839

15

10. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:51.846

12

11. Julian Leal Carlin 1:51.893

16

12. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:52.024

27

13. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:52.215

27

14. André Negrao Arden International 1:52.268

22

15. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:52.335

11

16. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1:52.404

20

17. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 1:52.545

26

18. Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:52.580

13

19. Daniiel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:52.657

15

20. Rene Binder Arden International 1:52.887

19

21. Axcil Jefferies Trident 1:53.133

21

22. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1:53.162

18

23. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:53.358

24

24. Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:53.358

24

25. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:56.274

18

26. Facu Regalia Hilmer Motorsport

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Afternoon results

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Johnny Cecotto Trident 1:50.760

14

2. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:50.821

33

3. André Negrao Arden International 1:51.237

27

4. Daniiel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:51.590

17

5. Facu Regalia Hilmer Motorsport 1:51.614

29

6. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:51.668

17

7. Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:51.714

23

8. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:51.769

31

9. Rene Binder Arden International 1:52.038

17

10. Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1:52.132

30

11. Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:52.341

32

12. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 1:52.528

23

13. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1:52.595

18

14. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:52.640

20

15. Axcil Jefferies Trident 1:52.944

20

16. Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:53.393

15

17. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:53.992

35

18. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:54.007

36

19. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:54.142

33

20. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:54.615

34

21. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:54.714

25

22. Julian Leal Carlin 1:54.772

23

23. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:54.868

39

24. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1:55.194

29

25. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:55.617

32

26. Connor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus

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