Gasley tops first day of GP2 testing with Kiwis back in action

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Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly picked up where he left off in 2014 by topping the opening GP2 pre-season test of 2015 in Abu Dhabi.

Last year’s Formula Renault 3.5 runner-up, who topped all three days of a post-season test at Yas Marina with DAMS last year, moved to the head of the timesheets with 10 minutes remaining on Monday.

The Frenchman was also able to respond to a quicker time from his countryman Arthur Pic in the closing moments, as both drivers made it into the 1m48s by the end of the day.

Late efforts from Ferrari junior Raffaele Marciello and his Trident team-mate Rene Binder moved them ahead Jordan King and ex-Sauber Formula 1 test driver Sergey Sirotkin, who were at the top of the times before the eventual leaders set their best laps.

Pre-season title favourite Stoffel Vandoorne ended the day 11th quickest, having rarely appeared towards the top of the times apart from briefly setting the pace at the beginning of the afternoon session.

Alexander Rossi was fastest from Gasly and the second DAMS car of GP3 champion Alex Lynn in the morning session, which was paused for 30 minutes for what was described as “software adjustments”.

MORNING TIMES:

PosDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
1Alexander RossiRacing Engineering1m50.845s8
2Pierre GaslyDAMS1m51.298s0.453s12
3Alex LynnDAMS1m51.544s0.699s13
4Raffaele MarcielloTrident1m51.605s0.760s19
5Daniel de JongMP Motorsport1m51.665s0.820s17
6Mitchell EvansRUSSIAN TIME1m51.670s0.825s10
7Rene BinderTrident1m51.779s0.934s9
8Jordan KingRacing Engineering1m51.822s0.977s10
9Nathanael BerthonLazarus1m52.001s1.156s10
10Arthur PicCampos Racing1m52.020s1.175s13
11Julian LealCarlin1m52.074s1.229s15
12Sergey SirotkinRapax1m52.103s1.258s15
13Richie StanawayStatus Grand Prix1m52.261s1.416s14
14Rio HaryantoCampos Racing1m52.273s1.428s15
15Artem MarkelovRUSSIAN TIME1m53.059s2.214s16
16Robert VisoiuRapax1m53.338s2.493s17
17Sergio CanamasasHilmer Motorsport1m53.340s2.495s12
18Marco SorensenCarlin1m53.366s2.521s6
19Zoel AmbergLazarus1m53.565s2.720s15
20Marlon StockingerStatus Grand Prix1m53.701s2.856s15
21Vittorio GhirelliMP Motorsport1m54.451s3.606s15
22Andre NegraoArden International1m54.645s3.800s21
23Stoffel VandoorneART Grand Prix2m08.142s17.297s30
24Norman NatoArden International2m15.901s25.056s30
25Nobuharu MatsushitaART Grand Prix2m25.398s34.553s23

AFTERNOON TIMES:

PosDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
1Pierre GaslyDAMS1m48.897s23
2Arthur PicCampos Racing1m48.955s0.058s18
3Raffaele MarcielloTrident1m49.252s0.355s14
4Rene BinderTrident1m49.294s0.397s21
5Jordan KingRacing Engineering1m49.303s0.406s21
6Sergey SirotkinRapax1m49.379s0.482s20
7Mitchell EvansRUSSIAN TIME1m49.393s0.496s21
8Rio HaryantoCampos Racing1m49.456s0.559s24
9Alexander RossiRacing Engineering1m49.474s0.577s22
10Alex LynnDAMS1m49.480s0.583s24
11Stoffel VandoorneART Grand Prix1m49.579s0.682s23
12Norman NatoArden International1m49.682s0.785s22
13Richie StanawayStatus Grand Prix1m49.771s0.874s16
14Daniel de JongMP Motorsport1m49.865s0.968s18
15Andre NegraoArden International1m49.916s1.019s18
16Marco SorensenCarlin1m49.960s1.063s24
17Nathanael BerthonLazarus1m50.163s1.266s17
18Julian LealCarlin1m50.307s1.410s4
19Nobuharu MatsushitaART Grand Prix1m50.674s1.777s22
20Vittorio GhirelliMP Motorsport1m50.680s1.783s19
21Artem MarkelovRUSSIAN TIME1m50.929s2.032s25
22Marlon StockingerStatus Grand Prix1m51.004s2.107s22
23Robert VisoiuRapax1m51.069s2.172s23
24Sergio CanamasasHilmer Motorsport1m51.178s2.281s24
25Zoel AmbergLazarus1m52.651s3.754s14

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