GP2: Pierre Gasly quickest on Day 2

//GP2: Pierre Gasly quickest on Day 2

GP2: Pierre Gasly quickest on Day 2

PREMA Racing’s ace tops session at Barcelona
Cold temperatures and sunny conditions graced the paddock this morning on Day 2 of pre-season testing at Circuit de Catalunya. When the pitlane turned green, Pierre Gasly and Status Grand Prix’s Meindert van Buuren were the first to feed onto the track, quickly followed by the rest of the drivers.
The Frenchman set the early pace in a 1:30.823 on Hard Pirelli tyres, but Jordan King bettered the Gasly’s laptime by four tenths to go top. Forty minutes into the session, there was a short red flag period caused by Antonio Giovinazzi who stopped on track at the end of the main straight.
At the restart, Raffaele Marciello was the first man to dip under 1m30s. However, Nobuharu Matsushita found some extra pace to clock in a laptime of 1:28.690 which was enough to take P1. With two hours left on the clock, the Japanese’s teammate Sergey Sirotkin took the top spot on Prime tyres in a 1:27.971. He remained unchallenged until the end of a studious session.
At the chequered flag, the Russian finished ahead of Gasly who edged King out of P2 in the final hour. Norman Nato, Marciello, Mitch Evans, Rene Binder, Marvin Kirchhöfer, Artem Markelov and Luca Ghiotto completed the top ten.
In the afternoon, it was Oliver Rowland who first went out on track and set the early pace in 1:29.922. Soon after, Giovinazzi lapped quickest in a 1:29.187 – 0.8s ahead of the Briton. One hour into the session, the proceedings were halted twice in a row; firstly with Artem Markelov, followed by Sean Gelael who both stopped in the gravel bed at Turn five. Once the session resumed, King put his head down to sit pretty at the top of the timesheet with a laptime of 1:28.779.
In the final hour, the soft Pirelli tyres made an appearance on some cars. Gasly took full advantage of them and went P1 in a blazing laptime of 1:27.703 – +1.076s ahead of King. At the chequered flag, the pair of Gasly and King were followed by Arthur Pic, Giovinazzi, Danïel de Jong, Rowland, Binder, Jimmy Eriksson, Gustav Malja and Ghiotto to complete the top ten.
The final day of this pre-season test will start tomorrow at 09.00 local time.
Morning results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Sergey Sirotkin
ART Grand Prix
1:27.971
34
2.
Pierre Gasly
PREMA Racing
1:28.084
39
3.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:28.093
36
4.
Norman Nato
Racing Engineering
1:28.106
39
5.
Raffaele Marciello
RUSSIAN TIME
1:28.194
38
6.
Mitch Evans
Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing
1:28.403
47
7.
Rene Binder
Carlin
1:28.591
36
8.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
Carlin
1:28.862
33
9.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:28.871
41
10.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:28.873
26
11.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:28.890
17
12.
Danïel de Jong
MP Motorsport
1:28.902
17
13.
Sergio Canamasas
Status Grand Prix
1:29.103
22
14.
Gustav Malja
Rapax
1:29.115
33
15.
Jimmy Eriksson
Arden International
1:29.204
33
16.
Oliver Rowland
MP Motorsport
1:29.229
21
17.
Sean Gelael
Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing
1:29.353
37
18.
Arthur Pic
Rapax
1:29.717
34
19.
Philo Paz Armand
Trident
1:30.143
39
20.
Nabil Jeffri
Arden International
1:30.223
36
21.
Antonio Giovinazzi
PREMA Racing
1:32.023
14
22.
Meindert van Buuren
Status Grand Prix
1:32.077
18
23.
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:33.952
41
24.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:34.714
40
Afternoon results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Pierre Gasly
PREMA Racing
1:27.703
25
2.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:28.779
31
3.
Arthur Pic
Rapax
1:28.827
38
4.
Antonio Giovinazzi
PREMA Racing
1:29.023
34
5.
Danïel de Jong
MP Motorsport
1:29.130
22
6.
Oliver Rowland
MP Motorsport
1:29.198
21
7.
Rene Binder
Carlin
1:29.616
27
8.
Jimmy Eriksson
Arden International
1:29.632
20
9.
Gustav Malja
Rapax
1:29.794
37
10.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
1:29.879
25
11.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
Carlin
1:29.991
26
12.
Sergio Canamasas
Status Grand Prix
1:30.063
31
13.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:30.574
42
14.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:30.732
21
15.
Nabil Jeffri
Arden International
1:30.957
22
16.
Philo Paz Armand
Trident
1:31.739
37
17.
Meindert van Buuren
Status Grand Prix
1:32.700
25
18.
Sergey Sirotkin
ART Grand Prix
1:32.966
43
19.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:33.471
43
20.
Mitch Evans
Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing
1:33.700
47
21.
Raffaele Marciello
RUSSIAN TIME
1:33.969
38
22.
Nicholas Latifi
DAMS
1:34.478
    40
23.
Sean Gelael
Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing
1:34.727
    41
24.
Norman Nato
Racing Engineering
1:34.948
48
2018-07-17T23:08:38+00:00March 10th, 2016|GP 2 series|