Kiwi lads go 1-3 in final morning of GP2 testing

The final day of the pre-season testing at Yas Marina opened once again in windy conditions. Alexander Rossi was the first driver to feed onto the track, closely followed by teammate Jordan King, but it was Stoffel Vandoorne who was the early pace setter. The proceedings were halted within the first forty minutes after Artem Markelov stopped on track at Turn 7. When the pitlane went green again, some drivers switched to super soft Pirelli tyres and put their visor down. Raffaele Marciello was the first man to dip under 1m50s, but Mitch Evans bettered the Italian’s laptime to break the 1m49s barrier. Vandoorne went even quicker and set a laptime of 1:48.921 just as a second red flag period occurred courtesy of Evans who stopped at Turn 9.

The session restarted and on the one hour mark, Marciello improved again, enough to edge Vandoorne out of the top spot. Evans went back on track and was able to go even faster in a 1:48.850 and took control of the timesheet. At the halfway mark, Richie Stanaway went top with a laptime four tenths quicker and sat pretty at the head of the standings until the chequered flag dropped. Pierre Gasly surged to second in the closing stages ahead of Evans, Marciello, Rossi, Vandoorne, Alex Lynn, Rio Haryanto, Sergey Sirotkin and Arthur Pic.

Morning results

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Richie Stanaway

Status Grand Prix

1:48.441

28

2.

Pierre Gasly

DAMS

1:48.605

36

3.

Mitch Evans

RUSSIAN TIME

1:48.717

25

4.

Raffaele Marciello

Trident

1:48.850

35

5.

Alexander Rossi

Racing Engineering

1:48.857

23

6.

Stoffel Vandoorne

ART Grand Prix

1:48.921

31

7.

Alex Lynn

DAMS

1:48.937

32

8.

Rio Haryanto

Campos Racing

1:49.001

17

9.

Sergey Sirotkin

Rapax

1:49.023

12

10.

Arthur Pic

Campos Racing

1:49.115

16

11.

André Negrao

Arden International

1:49.142

30

12.

Jordan King

Racing Engineering

1:49.194

24

13.

Marco Sorensen

Carlin

1:49.271

22

14.

Julian Leal

Carlin

1:49.322

22

15.

Nathanaël Berthon

Lazarus

1:49.426

32

16.

Nobuharu Matsushita

ART Grand Prix

1:49.679

39

17.

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:49.693

30

18.

Rene Binder

Trident

1:49.767

20

19.

Vittorio Ghirelli

MP Motorsport

1:50.058

17

20.

Marlon Stockinger

Status Grand Prix

1:50.109

32

21.

Norman Nato

Arden International

1:50.551

9

22.

Daniel De Jong

MP Motorsport

1:50.885

16

23.

Robert Visoiu

Rapax

1:51.076

34

24.

Sergio Canamasas

Hilmer Motorsport

1:51.134

34

25.

Zoel Amberg

Lazarus

1:51.292

2

26.

Axcil Jefferies

Hilmer Motorsport

Kiwi lads go 1-3 in final morning of GP2 testing

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