Canadian driver fastest overall at Yas Marina
Nicholas Latifi topped the second day of post-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit: at the wheel of a DAMS car, the Canadian clocked in a laptime of 1:47.860 in the final stages of the evening session. Norman Nato and Sergey Sirotkin completed the top three.
Day 2 of post-season testing opened at 12.00 in hot temperatures and with the twenty-four cars on Medium tyres. Some familiar faces returned to the field whilst some drivers switched teams. It was Richie Stanaway who set the pace in the opening minutes for Carlin, but Pierre Gasly who has switched to RUSSIAN TIME for the day, went top with a laptime 0.244s better than the New Zealander. However, the Frenchman did not sit pretty at the top for too long after Latifi (DAMS) found some extra pace. P1 was then claimed by Negrao at the wheel of the Rapax car with a laptime of 1:49.103.
Forty minutes into the session, the proceedings were briefly halted to collect some debris at Turn 1. At the re-start, Latifi went quickest leaving Negrao 0.078s behind. But with one hour left in the session, Markelov also improved to head the time-sheet just before a second red flag period which was caused by Mitch Evans stopping his Campos car on the track. The track went live again but was quickly red flagged for a third time after Gasly stopped at the exit of Turn 7.
The remainder of the session was trouble free and at the chequered flag behind Markelov were: Latifi, Negrao, Stanaway, Gasly Nick Yelloly (MP Motorsport), Nato (ART Grand Prix), Alex Fontana (Status Grand Prix), Sergey Sirotkin (Rapax) and Dean Stoneman (Carlin) completing the top ten.
The evening session opened at night time and in cooler temperatures. There was one driver change as Antonio Giovinazzi replaced Stanaway at Carlin. Alex Lynn set the early pace ahead of Markelov before Yelloly dipped under 1m49s to go top, but Markelov improved on the next lap to edge the Brit out. Thirty minutes into the session, Felix Rosenqvist made contact with the barrier halting the proceedings whilst the marshals repaired the tech pro.
The track went live again with 1h20min left before the chequered flag. Sirotkin was able to improve and put his Rapax car at the top of the timings as his teammate Negrao moved up to P2. In the closing stages, Latifi found some extra pace to break the 1m48s barrier and with a laptime of 1:47.860 claimed the top spot. Nato also improved to take P2 – one tenth slower than the Canadian driver.
Behind the pair, Sirotkin, Lynn, Yelloly, Negrao, Gasly, Markelov, Evans and King completed the top ten. Tomorrow’s session will once again start at 12.00 and will run until 14.30. The proceedings will resume then at 18.00 and will end at 20.30.
Morning results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:49.008
21
2.
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:49.025
35
3.
André Negrao
Rapax
1:49.103
24
4.
Richie Stanaway
Carlin
1:49.137
23
5.
Pierre Gasly
RUSSIAN TIME
1:49.205
13
6.
Nick Yelloly
MP Motorsport
1:49.270
22
7.
Norman Nato
ART Grand Prix
1:49.318
32
8.
Alex Fontana
Status Grand Prix
1:49.392
23
9.
Sergey Sirotkin
Rapax
1:49.570
27
10.
Dean Stoneman
Carlin
1:49.596
13
11.
Luca Ghiotto
Racing Engineering
1:49.614
29
12.
Jimmy Eriksson
Arden International
1:49.695
32
13.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:49.717
25
14.
Gustav Malja
Arden International
1:49.895
25
15.
Mitch Evans
Campos Racing
1:49.910
16
16.
Marlon Stockinger
ART Grand Prix
1:49.991
30
17.
Oliver Rowland
PREMA Racing
1:50.347
24
18.
Richard Gonda
MP Motorsport
1:50.362
28
19.
Sean Gelael
Campos Racing
1:50.375
31
20.
Felix Rosenqvist
PREMA Racing
1:50.461
20
21.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:50.807
23
22.
Philo Armand
Status Grand Prix
1:51.667
22
23
Zoel Amberg
Trident
1:52.192
13
24.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:53.358
29
Afternoon results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:47.860
27
2.
Norman Nato
ART Grand Prix
1:48.035
28
3.
Sergey Sirotkin
Rapax
1:48.108
28
4.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:48.265
24
5.
Nick Yelloly
MP Motorsport
1:48.297
19
6.
André Negrao
Arden International
1:48.247
27
7.
Pierre Gasly
RUSSIAN TIME
1:48.356
31
8.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:48.691
21
9.
Mitch Evans
Campos Racing
1:48.696
29
10.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:48.754
16
11.
Jimmy Eriksson
Arden International
1:48.769
21
12.
Marlon Stockinger
ART Grand Prix
1:48.887
27
13.
Dean Stoneman
Carlin
1:49.060
26
14.
Alex Fontana
Status Grand Prix
1:49.119
26
15.
Oliver Rowland
PREMA Racing
1:49.156
17
16.
Richard Gonda
MP Motorsport
1:49.278
22
17.
Felix Rosenqvist
PREMA Racing
1:49.296
11
18.
Antonio Giovinazzi
Carlin
1:49.363
31
19.
Gustav Malja
Arden International
1:49.378
22
20.
Sean Gelael
Campos Racing
1:49.549
31
21.
Luca Ghiotto
Racing Engineering
1:49.570
26
22.
Artur Janosz
Trident
1:49.759
23
23.
Philo Armand
Status Grand Prix
1:50.834
28