DAMS driver sets quickest laptime at Bahrain International Circuit

The final day of pre-season testing opened under clear blue skies and in hot temperatures at the Bahrain International Circuit. As the pitlane went green, the drivers fed onto the track eager to put their Soft Pirelli tyres to good use as early as possible. Stoffel Vandoorne led the way, but it was Marco Sorensen who set the early pace until his laptime was bettered first by Mitch Evans, then Nathanaël Berthon and Jordan King.

Raffaele Marciello was the first man to dip under 1m40s, the Italian driver going 0.069s faster than Pierre Gasly. During a busy session with lots of traffic, Vandoorne capitalised on a clear track to clock in a laptime of 1:39.646, but on the one hour mark, Gasly went top by 0.014s. Evans moved up to third ahead of Alexander Rossi.

The temperatures kept on rising and for the remainder of the session, teams and drivers focused more on race simulations and set ups. At the chequered flag, Marciello, Alex Lynn, King, Sergey Sirotkin, Sorensen and Arthur Pic completed the top ten.

The action resumed after a one hour break. Norman Nato set the pace during the first hour and with a laptime of 1:41.97 sat pretty at the top of the timesheet whilst teams and drivers focused again on race simulations and pit stop practice. Thirty minutes before the end of the session, a red flag halted the proceedings as Nato stopped on track after his car started to catch on fire. At the restart, Nigel Melker improved and claimed the top spot with a laptime of 1:41.566. Sirotkin also improved and moved up to P2, 0.067s slower than the Hilmer man. In the closing stages, Rio Haryanto and Gasly moved up to P3 and P4 respectively, ahead of Nato, Lynn, Robert Visoiu, Nick Yelloly, Rene Binder and André Negrao.

This concluded the pre-season testing. The 2015 GP2 Series season will kick off in two weeks time on this same track and alongside Formula One.

Morning results
Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Pierre Gasly DAMS 1:39.632 21
2. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:39.646 21
3. Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1:39.679 15
4. Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1:39.715 14
5. Raffaele Marciello Trident 1:39.720 21
6. Alex Lynn DAMS 1:39.884 21
7. Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:40.002 16
8. Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1:40.007 29
9. Marco Sorensen Carlin 1:40.017 18
10. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:40.254 21
11. Julian Leal Carlin 1:40.288 18
12. André Negrao Arden International 1:40.323 17
13. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:40.356 19
14. Norman Nato Arden International 1:40.416 19
15. Nathanaël Berthon Lazarus 1:40.453 26
16. Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1:40.663 15
17. Nick Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport 1:40.685 25
18. Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:40.860 19
19. Rene Binder Trident 1:40.873 21
20. Sergio Canamasas MP Motorsport 1:41.101 27
21. Robert Visoiu Rapax 1:41.261 26
22. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:41.354 20
23 Zoel Amberg Lazarus 1:41.456 18
24. Nigel Melker Hilmer Motorsport 1:42.628 18
25. Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1:44.799 30
26. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:45.477 32

Afternoon results
Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Nigel Melker Hilmer Motorsport 1:41.566 18
2. Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1:41.633 12
3. Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1:41.707 39
4. Pierre Gasly DAMS 1:41.797 28
5. Norman Nato Arden International 1:41.970 12
6. Alex Lynn DAMS 1:41.988 26
7. Robert Visoiu Rapax 1:42.000 12
8. Nick Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport 1:42.367 17
9. Rene Binder Trident 1:42.510 21
10. André Negrao Arden International 1:42.964 20
11. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:42.736 36
12. Zoel Amberg Lazarus 1:43.483 29
13. Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:44.004 35
14. Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:44.061 35
15. Nathanaël Berthon Lazarus 1:44.115 28
16. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:44.252 33
17. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:44.506 34
18. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:44.789 20
19. Marco Sorensen Carlin 1:44.878 50
20. Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1:45.087 32
21. Raffaele Marciello Trident 1:45.274 11
22. Julian Leal Carlin 1:45.376 42
23. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:45.441 38
24. Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1:45.565 58
25. Sergio Canamasas MP Motorsport 1:45.842 22
26. Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1:45.913 26