Gasly fastest as testing gets underway

Pierre Gasly

Image credit – GP2 Media Service

Post-season testing in GP2 allows the teams to evaluate potential drivers for the following season. Twelve rookie drivers took to the track today in Abu Dhabi alongside another 15 regulars to the Series. René Binder – who was meant to drive for Trident today – did not participate due to illness.

2015 Campos Racing driver Arthur Pic set the early pace in the opening session of the day just before his compatriot Esteban Ocon caused a red flag in his DAMS having stopped on the circuit. Stoffel Vandoorne was the next to top the time-sheets with a lap time of 1:49.445. The Belgian’s lap time remained unbeaten for the remainder of the morning session; Mitch Evans was the closest driver to Vandoorne but down by 0.4 seconds.

The afternoon session of the opening day of testing began with ART Grand Prix’s Vandoorne setting the pace once again with a lap time half a second quicker than his morning time.

Mitch Evans suffered a gearbox failure in the dying minutes of the session and couldn’t improve upon his sixth place.

Pierre Gasly was able to show more of his absolute pace later into the session in the DAMS car with a session topping time of 1:48.948.

Stoffel Vandoorne finished the day second to Gasly while Jordan King – on his GP2 debut- sat in third place. Arthur Pic and André Negrão completed the top five.

Morning results

 Number

Driver

Team

Time

Laps

1.

Stoffel Vandoorne

ART Grand Prix

1:49.445

34

2.

Mitch Evans

RT RUSSIAN TIME

1:49.824

21

3.

Pierre Gasly

DAMS

1:49.949

14

4.

Arthur Pic

Campos Racing

1:50.044

28

5.

Rio Haryanto

Status Grand Prix

1:50.192

27

6.

Julian Leal

Carlin

1:50.240

20

7.

André Negrao

Arden International

1:50.336

21

8.

Jazeman Jaafar

Campos Racing

1:50.386

34

9.

Esteban Ocon

DAMS

1:50.410

13

10.

Nicholas Latifi

Racing Engineering

1:50.431

18

11.

Richie Stanaway

Status Grand Prix

1:50.461

20

12.

Daniel Abt

Hilmer Motorsport

1:50.476

27

13.

Jordan King

Arden International

1:50.592

20

14.

Marvin Kirchhofer

Hilmer Motorsport

1:50.903

20

15.

Nathanaël Berthon

Venezuela GP Lazarus

1:50.906

27

16.

Emil Bernstorff

Rapax

1:51.054

30

17.

Artem Markelov

RT RUSSIAN TIME

1:51.133

21

18.

Norman Nato

Racing Engineering

1:51.272

20

19.

Sergio Campana

Venezuela GP Lazarus

1:51.501

20

20.

Daniel De Jong

MP Motorsport

1:51.554

11

21.

Zoel Amberg

Trident

1:51.630

26

22.

Luis Sa Silva

Carlin

1:51.777

23

23.

Sandy Stuvik

Rapax

1:52.035

24

24.

Marlon Stockinger

MP Motorsport

1:52.069

23

25.

Nobuharu Matsushita

ART Grand Prix

1:52.304

32


Afternoon Session

 Number

Driver

Team

Time

Laps

1.

Pierre Gasly

DAMS

1:48.948

27

2.

Stoffel Vandoorne

ART Grand Prix

1:49.004

31

3.

Jordan King

Arden International

1:49.314

21

4.

Arthur Pic

Campos Racing

1:49.383

21

5.

André Negrao

Arden International

1:49.396

21

6.

Mitch Evans

RT RUSSIAN TIME

1:49.442

17

7.

Richie Stanaway

Status Grand Prix

1:49.589

30

8.

Rio Haryanto

Status Grand Prix

1:49.689

28

9.

Esteban Ocon

DAMS

1:49.892

26

10.

Nathanaël Berthon

Venezuela GP Lazarus

1:49.941

23

11.

Rene Binder

Trident

1:50.016

15

12.

Daniel Abt

Hilmer Motorsport

1:50.084

29

13.

Emil Bernstorff

Rapax

1:50.118

31

14.

Nicholas Latifi

Racing Engineering

1:50.155

27

15.

Daniel De Jong

MP Motorsport

1:50.263

13

16.

Jazeman Jaafar

Campos Racing

1:50.338

23

17.

Koudai Tsukakoshi

ART Grand Prix

1:50.352

31

18.

Marvin Kirchhofer

Hilmer Motorsport

1:50.372

27

19.

Julian Leal

Carlin

1:50.488

17

20.

Zoel Amberg

Trident

1:50.782

28

21.

Artem Markelov

RT RUSSIAN TIME

1:50.871

16

22.

Sergio Campana

Venezuela GP Lazarus

1:51.147

30

23.

Norman Nato

Racing Engineering

1:51.318

26

24.

Sandy Stuvik

Rapax

1:51.403

22

25.

Marlon Stockinger

MP Motorsport

1:51.420

17

26.

Luis Sa Silva

Carlin

1:51.529

27
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