GP2 LogoBriton quickest in morning session

The final day of pre-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit was delayed by twenty minutes for gantry repairs at Turn 13. When the pitlane turned green, cars fed onto a sandy track in windy conditions. Stoffel Vandoorne set the early morning pace before a first short red flag period after Facu Regalia stopped at Turn 19.

At the restart, Jon Lancaster went top with a laptime eight tenths better than Vandoorne’s. It was then Stefano Coletti’s turn to claim top spot, but Johnny Cecotto became the first man to break the 1m50s barrier lapping the track four tenths quicker than the Monegasque driver. Lancaster improved again and headed to the top of the timesheet with a laptime of 1:49.653. A second red flag halted the proceedings thirty minutes before the end of the session after Rene Binder span and stopped at Turn 13. At the chequered flag, and behind Lancaster, Cecotto, Jolyon Palmer, Daniel Abt, Mitch Evans, Vandoorne, Coletti, Alexander Rossi, Raffaele Marciello and Julian Leal rounded out the top ten.

After a one hour break, the pitlane re-opened with Evans and Artem Markelov wasting no time to go back on track. Abt set the early pace. The conditions started degrading as a mini sandstorm arrived. With one hour left on the clock, Cecotto claimed the top spot. The proceedings were halted briefly after Coletti stopped at turn 8 just as some light raindrops made a surprising appearance. The pitlane went green and Evans found some extra pace to clock in a laptime of 1:51.415, but in the dying minutes of the session, Arthur Pic went four tenths quicker to finish the day on top ahead of Evans, Cecotto, Palmer, Abt, Richelmi, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Lancaster, Simon Trummer and Conor Daly.

The GP2 paddock is now headed to Sakhir for the second and final pre-season testing which will take place next week on 19th, 20th and 21st of March at Bahrain International Circuit.

Morning results

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1:49.653

26

2. Johnny Cecotto Trident 1:49.880

24

3. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:49.972

25

4. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:50.090

29

5. Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:50.181

21

6. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:50.278

32

7. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1:50.344

19

8. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:50.476

29

9. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:50.485

30

10. Julian Leal Carlin 1:50.565

22

11. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:50.748

35

12. Facu Regalia Hilmer Motorsport 1:50.778

28

13. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:50.830

23

14. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:50.976

38

15. André Negrao Arden International 1:51.020

27

16. Rene Binder Arden International 1:51.184

33

17. Daniiel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:51.198

21

18. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1:51.401

27

19. Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:51.510

15

20. Axcil Jefferies Trident 1:51.556

18

21. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:51.674

33

22. Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:51.736

30

23. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:52.014

21

24. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 1:52.020

38

25. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:52.329

30

26. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:52.825

7

Afternoon results

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:51.006

22

2. Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:51.415

28

3. Johnny Cecotto Trident 1:51.432

24

4. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:51.563

29

5. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:51.786

22

6. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:51.843

22

7. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:51.994

16

8. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1:52.059

21

9. Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1:52.293

19

10. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:52.476

25

11. Daniiel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:52.562

16

12. Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:52.647

16

13. Facu Regalia Hilmer Motorsport 1:52.846

37

14. Axcil Jefferies Trident 1:53.200

23

15. André Negrao Arden International 1:53.941

31

16. Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:54.383

40

17. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:54.404

33

18. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:54.473

32

19. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:54.581

36

20. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:54.608

42

21. Rene Binder Arden International 1:54.754

26

22. Julian Leal Carlin 1:54.883

35

23. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:54.968

45

24. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1:55.233

33

25. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 1:55.531

32

26. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:55.554

30