GP2 News: Pierre Gasly tops Day 1 at Yas Marina

GP2 LogoFrenchman quickest on first day of post-season testing in Abu Dhabi

The 2014 GP2 Series post-season testing opened today at Yas Marina Circuit for three days with many new faces joining some more familiar ones. Each team have been provided with seven sets of Medium Pirelli tyres for the three days.

When the track went live, Arthur Pic (who has already been confirmed with Campos Racing for the 2015 season) took to the track and set the early pace to top the timesheet just as a first red flag stopped the proceedings: F3 European Champion Esteban Ocon had stopped his DAMS car at Turn 11. At the re-start, 2014 GP2 Vice Champion Stoffel Vandoorne became the first man to dip under 1m50s: the ART man went top with a laptime of 1:49.445, half a second quicker than Pic. A second red flag halted the proceedings briefly when Zoel Amberg stopped his Trident car.

At the halfway point, Mitch Evans found some extra pace to break the 1m50s barrier and moved up to P2. The remainder of the session was trouble-free and, in the final stages, Pierre Gasly put his DAMS car in P3 just ahead of Pic. Rio Haryanto, Julian Leal, André Negrao, Jazeman Jaafar, Ocon and Nicholas Latifi completed the top ten. Rene Binder did not take part in the morning session as he did not feel well enough to drive.

The afternoon session opened under the lights of the Yas Marina Circuit with Vandoorne once again setting the pace with a laptime of 1:49.004, five tenths quicker than Gasly in P2. Forty-five minutes into the session, the Frenchman found some extra pace to dip under 1m49s and went top, one tenth better than Vandoorne.

With one hour left on the clock, the session was red flagged after Evans stopped at Turn 18 following a gearbox failure. In the closing minutes, most drivers pushed to improve on their personal best time, but nobody could better Gasly’s laptime who with a laptime of 1:48.948 topped the day. The session concluded on a final red flag, courtesy of Sergio Campana who stopped on track. Vandoorne finished the afternoon session P2 ahead of Jordan King, Pic, Negrao, Evans, Richie Stanaway, Rio Haryanto, Ocon, Nathanaël Berthon.

Tomorrow’s morning session will start at 12.00, local time.

Morning results
Driver Team Laptime 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 results
Driver Team Laptime 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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