Gasly fastest on first day of 2015 testing

Pierre Gasly

Image credit – GP2 Media Service

Pierre Gasly has topped the first day of 2015 pre-season testing in Abu Dhabi.

This landmark test that marked the first official test with DRS on the 26 GP2 cars got underway this morning under clear blue skies in the Middle East. On his return to the Series, Alexander Rossi was the first man out onto the track in his Racing Engineering car.

The first two hours of the test involved all 13 teams completing aero work with the DRS and what followed was a 30 minute suspended period in the session as software adjustments were made. Jordan King went fastest when the session resumed but he was soon beaten by René Binder and Alexander Rossi who stayed at the top of the time sheets for the rest of the morning.

Zoël Amberg was the first driver on the track in the afternoon but Stoffel Vandoorne was soon the fastest. Frenchman Pierre Gasly beat the Belgian by 0.03 seconds just minutes later.

Julián Leal stopping out on the track in the final hour brought out the red flags and a flurry of activity followed the session stoppage. Racing Engineering driver Jordan King found some extra pace and went to the top of the time sheets but Gasly later beat the Brit with a time of 1:48.897. Arthur Pic was close to his compatriot but had to settle for second place at the end of the session.

The Trident duo of Raffaele Marciello and René Binder were P3 and P4 ahead of Sergey Sirotkin who was fifth in the Rapax.

Morning Session

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Alexander Rossi

Racing Engineering

1:50.845

8

2.

Pierre Gasly

DAMS

1:51.298

12

3.

Alex Lynn

DAMS

1:51.544

13

4.

Raffaele Marciello

Trident

1:51.605

19

5.

Daniel De Jong

MP Motorsport

1:51.665

17

6.

Mitch Evans

RUSSIAN TIME

1:51.670

10

7.

Rene Binder

Trident

1:51.779

9

8.

Jordan King

Racing Engineering

1:51.822

10

9.

Nathanaël Berthon

Lazarus

1:52.001

10

10.

Arthur Pic

Campos Racing

1:52.020

13

11.

Julian Leal

Carlin

1:52.074

15

12.

Sergey Sirotkin

Rapax

1:52.103

15

13.

Richie Stanaway

Status Grand Prix

1:52.261

14

14.

Rio Haryanto

Campos Racing

1:52.273

15

15.

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:53.059

16

16.

Robert Visoiu

Rapax

1:53.338

17

17.

Sergio Canamasas

Hilmer Motorsport

1:53.340

12

18.

Marco Sorensen

Carlin

1:53.366

6

19.

Zoel Amberg

Lazarus

1:53.565

15

20.

Marlon Stockinger

Status Grand Prix

1:53.701

15

21.

Vittorio Ghirelli

MP Motorsport

1:54.451

15

22.

André Negrao

Arden International

1:54.645

21

23.

Stoffel Vandoorne

ART Grand Prix

2:08.142

30

24.

Norman Nato

Arden International

2:15.901

30

25.

Nobuharu Matsushita

ART Grand Prix

2:25.398

23

26.

Axcil Jefferies

Hilmer Motorsport

Afternoon Session

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Pierre Gasly

DAMS

1:48.897

23

2.

Arthur Pic

Campos Racing

1:48.955

18

3.

Raffaele Marciello

Trident

1:49.252

14

4.

Rene Binder

Trident

1:49.294

21

5.

Jordan King

Racing Engineering

1:49.303

21

6.

Sergey Sirotkin

Rapax

1:49.379

20

7.

Mitch Evans

RUSSIAN TIME

1:49.393

21

8.

Rio Haryanto

Campos Racing

1:49.456

24

9.

Alexander Rossi

Racing Engineering

1:49.474

22

10.

Alex Lynn

DAMS

1:49.480

24

11.

Stoffel Vandoorne

ART Grand Prix

1:49.579

23

12.

Norman Nato

Arden International

1:49.682

22

13.

Richie Stanaway

Status Grand Prix

1:49.771

16

14.

Daniel De Jong

MP Motorsport

1:49.865

18

15.

André Negrao

Arden International

1:49.916

18

16.

Marco Sorensen

Carlin

1:49.960

24

17.

Nathanaël Berthon

Lazarus

1:50.163

17

18.

Julian Leal

Carlin

1:50.307

4

19.

Nobuharu Matsushita

ART Grand Prix

1:50.674

22

20.

Vittorio Ghirelli

MP Motorsport

1:50.680

19

21.

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:50.929

25

22.

Marlon Stockinger

Status Grand Prix

1:51.004

22

23.

Robert Visoiu

Rapax

1:51.069

23

24.

Sergio Canamasas

Hilmer Motorsport

1:51.178

24

25.

Zoel Amberg

Lazarus

1:52.651

14

26.

Axcil Jefferies

Hilmer Motorsport

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