Latifi top after second day of testing

Image credit - GP2 Media Service

Image credit – GP2 Media Service

Nicholas Latifi has ended the second day of post-season testing fastest with the DAMS team.

Day two in Abu Dhabi had much higher temperatures than the first day but drivers weren’t phased. Richie Stanaway was the first driver to get to the top of the time sheets but his lap was soon bettered by Pierre Gasly who was at RUSSIAN TIME for the day.

Nicholas Latifi soon took to top spot until André Negrão driving for Rapax had his turn at P1.

The morning session was halted by by two red flags. Debris had to be collected from turn one which stopped testing for a few minutes and towards the end of the session Mitch Evans stopped out on track in his Campos Racing machine. Between the stoppages Artem Markelov set a time of 1:49.008 which went unbeaten in the morning.

Cooler temperatures greeted the drivers at the start of the evening session after the sun had set. Alex Lynn set the pace ahead of his compatriot Nick Yelloly before Markelov spoiled the British domination.

GP2 newcomer and F3 Champion Felix Rosenqvist hit the barrier and the session had to be stopped while the marshals made emergency repairs.

In the closing stages of the session Latifi found extra pace to nick top spot with a time of 1:47.860, just ahead of Norman Nato and Sergey Sirotkin.

Testing concludes tomorrow in Abu Dhabi at 12:00 local time.

Morning Session

Position Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:49.008 21
2. Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:49.025 35
3. André Negrao Rapax 1:49.103 24
4. Richie Stanaway Carlin 1:49.137 23
5. Pierre Gasly RUSSIAN TIME 1:49.205 13
6. Nick Yelloly MP Motorsport 1:49.270 22
7. Norman Nato ART Grand Prix 1:49.318 32
8. Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 1:49.392 23
9. Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1:49.570 27
10. Dean Stoneman Carlin 1:49.596 13
11. Luca Ghiotto Racing Engineering 1:49.614 29
12. Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 1:49.695 32
13. Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:49.717 25
14. Gustav Malja Arden International 1:49.895 25
15. Mitch Evans Campos Racing 1:49.910 16
16. Marlon Stockinger ART Grand Prix 1:49.991 30
17. Oliver Rowland PREMA Racing 1:50.347 24
18. Richard Gonda MP Motorsport 1:50.362 28
19. Sean Gelael Campos Racing 1:50.375 31
20. Felix Rosenqvist PREMA Racing 1:50.461 20
21. Artur Janosz Trident 1:50.807 23
22. Philo Armand Status Grand Prix 1:51.667 22
23 Zoel Amberg Trident 1:52.192 13
24. Alex Lynn DAMS 1:53.358 29

Afternoon Session

 Position

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

1:47.860

27

2.

Norman Nato

ART Grand Prix

1:48.035

28

3.

Sergey Sirotkin

Rapax

1:48.108

28

4.

Alex Lynn

DAMS

1:48.265

24

5.

Nick Yelloly

MP Motorsport

1:48.297

19

6.

André Negrao

Arden International

1:48.247

27

7.

Pierre Gasly

RUSSIAN TIME

1:48.356

31

8.

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

1:48.691

21

9.

Mitch Evans

Campos Racing

1:48.696

29

10.

Jordan King

Racing Engineering

1:48.754

16

11.

Jimmy Eriksson

Arden International

1:48.769

21

12.

Marlon Stockinger

ART Grand Prix

1:48.887

27

13.

Dean Stoneman

Carlin

1:49.060

26

14.

Alex Fontana

Status Grand Prix

1:49.119

26

15.

Oliver Rowland

PREMA Racing

1:49.156

17

16.

Richard Gonda

MP Motorsport

1:49.278

22

17.

Felix Rosenqvist

PREMA Racing

1:49.296

11

18.

Antonio Giovinazzi

Carlin

1:49.363

31

19.

Gustav Malja

Arden International

1:49.378

22

20.

Sean Gelael

Campos Racing

1:49.549

31

21.

Luca Ghiotto

Racing Engineering

1:49.570

26

22.

Artur Janosz

Trident

1:49.759

23

23.

Philo Armand

Status Grand Prix

1:50.834

28
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