Rossi, Abt, Evans lead first day of Bahrain GP2 testing

Alexander Rossi posted the quickest time of the opening day of the GP2 test in Bahrain during the afternoon session.

With a fastest lap of 1m40.604s, the Caterham driver narrowly bettered the morning benchmark of his Force India-backed Hilmer counterpart Daniel Abt by seven hundredths of a second.

Abt’s afternoon time was even closer to that of the American, falling just 0.012s short. Mitch Evans improved after a red flag with ten minutes remaining to take third for Russian Time.

Lazarus tryout Conor Daly was fourth ahead of DAMS driver Jolyon Palmer and another late improver Johnny Cecotto (Trident).

Raffaele Marciello was seventh for Racing Engineering ahead of fellow Italian Vittorio Ghirelli, who has taken the vacant Trident seat for this test.

The top ten was completed by Carlin’s Felipe Nasr and ART ace Stoffel Vandoorne.

The test – the second and last pre-season running before the opening round in Bahrain on 5-6 April – continues on Thursday and Friday.

Afternoon session times
1Alexander RossiEQ8 Caterham Racing1:40.60430
2Daniel AbtHilmer Motorsport1:40.6160.01226
3Mitch EvansRussian Time1:40.6800.07625
4Conor DalyVenezuela GP Lazarus1:40.7340.13020
5Jolyon PalmerDAMS1:40.7690.16523
6Johnny CecottoTrident1:40.8290.22513
7Raffaele MarcielloRacing Engineering1:40.9320.32825
8Vittorio GhirelliTrident1:40.9760.37221
9Felipe NasrCarlin1:41.0220.41823
10Stoffel VandoorneART Grand Prix1:41.0410.43728
11Jon LancasterMP Motorsport1:41.0450.44122
12Nathanael BerthonVenezuela GP Lazarus1:41.0650.46121
13Facu RegaliaHilmer Motorsport1:41.1310.52728
14Julian LealCarlin1:41.1950.59117
15Rio HaryantoEQ8 Caterham Racing1:41.2750.67123
16Stephane RichelmiDAMS1:41.3590.75523
17Arthur PicCampos Racing1:41.3680.76421
18Stefano ColettiRacing Engineering1:41.3940.79023
19Rene BinderArden International1:41.4260.82221
20Andre NegraoArden International1:41.4380.83418
21Adrian Quaife-HobbsRapax1:41.5480.94423
22Simon TrummerRapax1:41.7091.10518
23Artem MarkelovRussian Time1:41.7261.12225
24Takuya IzawaART Grand Prix1:42.0131.40929
25Kimiya SatoCampos Racing1:42.2041.60023
26Daniel De JongMP Motorsport1:42.2821.67819

Rossi, Abt, Evans lead first day of Bahrain GP2 testing

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