GP2 News: Pierre Gasly ends testing on top

GP2 LogoFrenchman quickest again on final post season testing day

The final day of post-season testing saw once again a few changes in the field starting with Kimiya Sato joining RT RUSSIAN TIME for the day whilst Emil Bernstorff moved to Carlin. Raffaele Marciello re-joined Racing Engineering alongside Mitch Evans. 2014 GP3 Series Champion Alex Lynn tested with ART Grand Prix. After two days spent with Trident, Rene Binder switched to Hilmer Motorsport for the last day. Norman Nato moved to Arden international while Pal Varhaug returned to a GP2 car with Status Grand Prix. Jordan King moved to MP Motorsport and finally, Trident had a complete new line-up made up of Luis Sa Silva and Simon Trummer.

As the track went live, the cars quickly fed onto the track with Esteban Ocon setting the early pace until Kevin Ceccon demoted him to P2. Within the first hour, Pierre Gasly who has been the quickest man over the first two days was able to lap the track in a 1:49.455, a laptime good enough to go top. Ocon and Rio Haryanto both broke the 1m50s barrier too, but they were still five tenths slower than Gasly. In the final thirty minutes of the session, Gasly improved on his personal best whilst Jordan King and Marciello also improved to move up to P2 and P5 respectively. At the chequered flag, Sergey Sirotkin, Ceccon, Binder, Lynn and Nathanaël Berthon rounded up the top ten.

The second half of the day started with Ocon setting the pace in a 1:49.654 ahead of King and Evans. First Berthon and then Rio Haryanto improved on the Frenchman’s laptime, but it was once again Gasly who found the extra pace to dip under 1m49s and claim the top spot. The remainder of the session was studious with most of the drivers on long runs. The proceedings were red flagged in the final hour after Beitske Visser stopped at turn 3 following a gearbox failure. At the chequered flag, Gasly enjoyed the honour of P1 once again ahead of DAMS teammate and rookie Ocon. Pic ended a strong P3 ahead of King, Sirotkin, Haryanto, Dino Zamparelli, Berthon, Marciello and Lynn (who caused a second red flag in the dying minutes of the session after he stopped at turn 19).

This concludes the 2014 GP2 Series season. The dates for pre-season testing and the 2015 GP2 Series calendar will be announced in due course.

Morning results
Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Pierre Gasly DAMS 1:49.346 29
2. Jordan King MP Motorsport 1:49.891 23
3. Esteban Ocon DAMS 1:49.939 24
4. Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1:49.943 35
5. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:49.993 27
6. Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1:50.057 19
7. Kevin Ceccon Rapax 1:50.063 21
8. Rene Binder Hilmer Motorsport 1:50.063 28
9. Alex Lynn ART Grand Prix 1:50.132 26
10. Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:50.221 27
11. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:50.255 33
12. Norman Nato Arden International 1:50.299 33
13. Mitch Evans Racing Engineering 1:50.303 22
14. André Negrao Arden International 1:50.367 30
15. Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1:50.404 28
16. Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:50.501 18
17. Julian Leal Carlin 1:50.589 18
18. Kimiya Sato RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:50.618 31
19. Simon Trummer Trident 1:50.672 23
20. Marlon Stockinger MP Motorsport 1:50.691 31
21. Nicholas Latifi Hilmer Motorsport 1:50.794 25
22. Dino Zamparelli Status Grand Prix 1:50.825 30
23. Luis Sa Silva Trident 1:50.874 29
24. Beitske Visser Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:51.156 26
25. Pal Varhaug Status Grand Prix 1:51.742 35
26. Sandy Stuvik ART Grand Prix 1:51.785 34

Afternoon results
Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Pierre Gasly DAMS 1:48.231 24
2. Esteban Ocon DAMS 1:48.798 27
3. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:49.091 32
4. Jordan King MP Motorsport 1:49.129 26
5. Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1:49.200 27
6. Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1:49.206 31
7. Dino Zamparelli Status Grand Prix 1:49.265 31
8. Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:49.266 26
9. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:49.285 32
10. Alex Lynn ART Grand Prix 1:49.306 30
11. Kevin Ceccon Rapax 1:49.369 25
12. Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:49.492 30
13. Norman Nato Arden International 1:49.537 30
14. André Negrao Arden International 1:49.577 25
15. Mitch Evans Racing Engineering 1:49.595 25
16. Nicholas Latifi Hilmer Motorsport 1:49.607 30
17. Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1:49.628 27
18. Marlon Stockinger MP Motorsport 1:49.672 36
19. Rene Binder Hilmer Motorsport 1:50.004 23
20. Julian Leal Carlin 1:50.026 27
21. Kimiya Sato RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:50.165 32
22. Pal Varhaug Status Grand Prix 1:50.217 35
23. Luis Sa Silva Trident 1:50.313 24
24. Simon Trummer Trident 1:50.436 29
25. Sandy Stuvik ART Grand Prix 1:50.480 28
26. Beitske Visser Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:50.624 20

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