The closing day of the collective GP2 test at Barcelona has gone the way of Racing Engineering German rookie Christian Vietoris, and with a total of six rookies inside the top ten, the 2010 running of GP2 is set up to be an extremely competitive season.

The final morning of the three day test saw Vietoris set the days fastest time one hour after the pit lane had opened for the competitors to hit the track. It was a great morning for the Racing Engineering outfit, as Dani Clos ended the three hour session in third, having been edged out of second by the iSport International car of Oliver Turvey.

The three hour morning session produced a pair of red flags, firstly to clear up the accident at turn five involving DAMS Ho-Pin Tung and Trident Racing's Adrian Zaugg then to recover the stricken ART Grand Prix car of Jules Bianchi, who hit the turn three barrier after a technical gremlin.

Even with the gremlin, Bianchi still ended the morning as the fifth fastest driver, with only nine laps completed before the off. Charles Pic of Arden finished the session fourth, while behind ART Grand Prix rookie Bianchi was day two pace setter Jerome d'Ambrosio of DAMS, the flying Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado of Rapax, the Super Nova Racing pairing of Josef Kral and Marcus Ericsson with Sergio Perez rounding out the top ten. The top fourteen drivers were all within a second of the fastest time set by Vietoris.

Day three morning times:

Position Name Nationality Team Time AM
1 Christian Vietoris GER Racing Engineering 1:27.284s
2 Oliver Turvey GBR iSport International 1:27.555s
3 Dani Clos ESP Racing Engineering 1:27.614s
4 Charles Pic FRA Arden International 1:27.786s
5 Jules Bianchi FRA ART Grand Prix 1:27.916s
6 Jerome D’Ambrosio BEL DAMS 1:27.937s
7 Pastor Maldonado VEN Rapax 1:27.985s
8 Josef Kral CZE Super Nova Racing 1:27.985s
9 Marcus Ericsson SWE Super Nova Racing 1:27.987s
10 Sergio Perez MEX Barwa Addax Team 1:27.998s
11 Fabio Leimer SUI Ocean Racing Technology 1:28.005s
12 Davide Valsecchi ITA iSport International 1:28.086s
13 Giedo Van Der Garde NED Barwa Addax Team 1:28.119s
14 Alberto Valerio BRA Scuderia Coloni 1:28.141s
15 Michael Herck ROU DPR 1:28.560s
16 Luiz Razia BRA Rapax 1:28.689s
17 Vladimir Arabadzhiev BUL Scuderia Coloni 1:28.767s
18 Sam Bird GBR ART Grand Prix 1:28.783s
19 Ho-Pin Tung CHN DAMS 1:28.686s
20 Rodolfo Gonzalez VEN Arden International 1:29.369s
21 Max Chilton GBR Ocean Racing Technology 1:29.369s
22 Adrian Zaugg RSA Trident Racing 1:29.79i1
23 Johnny Cecotto VEN Trident Racing 1:29.868s

The final session of the test saw another new name at the top of the times: iSport International with their GP2 Asia Champion Davide Valsecchi.

The majority of the afternoon session saw Ocean Racing Technology top the times with their Swiss driver Fabio Leimer, until the final thirty minutes where the times constantly changed and Valsecchi came out on top with Maldonado three hundreds of a second behind in second. Leimer secured third in the afternoon ahead of a trio of GP2 rookies – Sam Bird, Turvey and Bianchi.

Behind the rookies, Dutchman Giedo van der Garde set the seventh fastest time of the session, ahead of Max Chilton, Luiz Razia and d'Ambrosio. The top twelve drivers were all inside a second of Valsecchi's session topping time.

The next time the GP2 field will take to the track will be on the 7/8/9 May, when they support the FIA Formula One World Championship at Barcelona. This will mark the opening round of the season for the GP2 field.

Afternoon session times:

Position Name Nationality Team Time PM
1 Davide Valsecchi ITA iSport International 1:28.682s
2 Pastor Maldonado VEN Rapax 1:28.715s
3 Fabio Leimer SUI Ocean Racing Technology 1:28.716s
4 Sam Bird GBR ART Grand Prix 1:28.856s
5 Oliver Turvey GBR iSport International 1:28.957s
6 Jules Bianchi FRA ART Grand Prix 1:29.082s
7 Giedo Van Der Garde NED Barwa Addax Team 1:29.088s
8 Max Chilton GBR Ocean Racing Technology 1:29.212s
9 Luiz Razia BRA Rapax 1:29.212s
10 Jerome D’Ambrosio BEL DAMS 1:29.502s
11 Charles Pic FRA Arden International 1:29.620s
12 Marcus Ericsson SWE Super Nova Racing 1:29.620s
13 Michael Herck ROU DPR 1:29.808s
14 Johnny Cecotto VEN Trident Racing 1:29.870s
15 Adrian Zaugg RSA Trident Racing 1:30.088s
16 Josef Kral CZE Super Nova Racing 1:30.277s
17 Ho-Pin Tung CHN DAMS 1:30.409s
18 Rodolfo Gonzalez VEN Arden International 1:30.531s
19 Vladimir Arabadzhiev BUL Scuderia Coloni 1:30.743s
20 Christian Vietoris GER Racing Engineering 1:30.834s
21 Giacomo Ricci ITA DPR 1:30.864s
22 Dani Clos ESP Racing Engineering 1:31.000s
23 Alberto Valerio BRA Scuderia Coloni 1:31.660s
24 Sergio Perez MEX Barwa Addax Team 1:31.928s

Photo credit: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Media Service