Racing Engineering driver quickest in morning session at Jerez de la Frontera
It has been a fruitful day for Briton Jordan King who set the best laptime in a 1:24.449 in the morning session – one tenth quicker than rookie Antonio Giovinazzi and Nobuharu Matsushita. In the afternoon, Rapax Gustav Malja was quickest.
Cold temperatures and sunny conditions graced the paddock this morning on day 2 of the second pre-season test at Circuito de Jerez, Spain. When the track went green, the pair of DAMS drivers were first to feed onto the track, soon followed by the rest of the field. King set the early pace in 1:26.048 on Hard Pirelli tyres but Sergey Sirotkin bettered the Briton’s laptime and topped the timesheets in a 1:25.710.
Thirty minutes into the session, all cars had completed at least one installation lap. Yesterday’s quickest driver Norman Nato was the first man to dip under 1m25s but Giovinazzi found some extra pace to lap the Spanish track in a 1:24.545. King reclaimed P1 after improving on the Italian’s best time by one tenth.
One hour into the session, Medium Pirelli tyres made an appearance on several cars. There was a first short red flag period courtesy of Raffaele Marciello who ran wide at Turn 14 and clipped the barrier before returning to the pits. Soon after the restart, Sirotkin caused a second red flag period by clipping the barrier at Turn 15. The remaining two hours of the session saw the teams concentrate on their testing programme.
In the closing stages, the proceedings were shortly halted for a third time after Luca Ghiotto stopped on track between turns 7 and 8. At the chequered flag, King remained top ahead of Giovinazzi and Matsushita. Pierre Gasly, Nato, Sirotkin, Alex Lynn, Arthur Pic, Gustav Malja and Ghiotto completed the top ten.
The afternoon session opened in warmer temperatures with Swede Gustav Malja setting the early pace in a 1:26.319. In the opening hour, Marciello caused a brief red flag period after he stopped on track between Turns 6 and 7. After the restart, teams and drivers focused mainly on long runs, practice starts and pit stops. The remainder of the day was trouble-free with Racing Engineering’s King completing the most laps (72).
When the session concluded, Malja headed Lynn and Giovinazzi. Artem Markelov, Daniël De Jong, Nicholas Latifi, Mitch Evans, Pic, Ghiotto and Oliver Rowland rounded the top ten.
Tomorrow Day 3 morning session will start at 09.00, local time. There will be a one-hour lunch break before the afternoon session which will run until 16.00.
 
Morning results
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:24.429
22
2.
Antonio Giovinazzi
PREMA Racing
1:24.545
30
3.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:24.579
35
4.
Pierre Gasly
PREMA Racing
1:24.594
32
5.
Norman Nato
Racing Engineering
1:24.634
22
6.
Sergey Sirotkin
ART Grand Prix
1:24.689
25
7.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:24.696
25
8.
Arthur Pic
Rapax
1:25.049
31
9.
Gustav Malja
Rapax
1:25.088
30
10.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:25.098
21
11.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
Carlin
1:25.202
36
12.
Raffaele Marciello
RUSSIAN TIME
1:25.241
29
13.
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:25.259
25
14.
Mitch Evans
Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing
1:25.398
31
15.
Oliver Rowland
MP Motorsport
1:25.671
25
16.
Daniël De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:25.763
24
17.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:25.867
30
18.
Jimmy Eriksson
Arden International
1:26.081
29
19.
Sean Gelael
Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing
1:26.136
34
20.
Philo Paz Armand
Trident
1:26.301
31
21.
Nabil Jeffri
Arden International
1:26.493
31
Afternoon results
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Gustav Malja
Rapax
1:26.319
30
2.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:26.340
24
3.
Antonio Giovinazzi
PREMA Racing
1:26.750
24
4.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:27.000
45
5.
Daniël De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:27.044
19
6.
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:27.060
30
7.
Mitch Evans
Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing
1:27.328
29
8.
Arthur Pic
Rapax
1:27.341
20
9.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:27.612
5
10.
Oliver Rowland
MP Motorsport
1:27.651
19
11.
Jimmy Eriksson
Arden International
1:27.662
42
12.
Nabil Jeffri
Arden International
1:28.228
27
13.
Sean Gelael
Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing
1:29.235
41
14.
Norman Nato
Racing Engineering
1:30.392
57
15.
Pierre Gasly
PREMA Racing
1:30.762
46
16.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:31.010
72
17.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:31.094
56
18.
Sergey Sirotkin
ART Grand Prix
1:31.285
49
19.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
Carlin
1:31.346
38
20.
Philo Paz Armand
Trident
1:31.668
36
21.
Raffaele Marciello
RUSSIAN TIME
1:31.840
15