Romain Grosjean set the fastest time on the first day of GP2 Asia pre-season testing at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit.

The test is the first proper chance for teams and drivers to try out the new GP2/11 car with Pirelli tyres, following the shakedown test run at Paul Ricard at the end of last year.

Following a sandstorm yesterday the circuit was very dusty. This limited the teams to only a handful of laps during the morning session, most focussing on installation laps. Trident Racing's Stefano Coletti set the quickest time of the morning, with a 1m54.161 the best of his eight laps. The session was cut short by 30 minutes to allow for time to clean the circuit before the afternoon running.

The conditions would not be straightforward in the afternoon either though, as the session began with light rain. Once the track had dried lap times began to improve. It was Dams driver Grosjean, recently announced as a third driver for the Renault Formula 1 team, who posted the quickest time of 1m49.768, right at the end of the session.

Grosjean had been trading fastest times with fellow Frenchman Jules Bianchi throughout the afternoon, the ART driver finishing the day second fastest. Coletti maintained his place towards the top of the leaderboard by ending up third. The Addax pairing of Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic rounded out the top five.

Morning Session

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1:54.161 8
2. Max Chilton Carlin 1:54.810 5
3. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:55.347 8
4. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:55.496 5
5. Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering 1:55.803 6
6. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:56.654 7
7. Oliver Turvey Ocean Racing Technology 1:57.134 6
8. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1:57.408 5
9. Andrea Caldarelli Ocean Racing Technology 1:58.195 7
10. Pal Varhaug Dams 1:59.827 8
11. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 2:00.373 4
12. James Jakes Scuderia Coloni 2:01.180 3
13. Johnny Cecotto Super Nova Racing 2:02.287 5
14. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 2:07.039 4
15. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 2:19.672 10
16. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 2
17. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1
18. Sam Bird iSport International 1
19. Josef Kral Arden International 1
20. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1
21. Romain Grosjean Dams 1
22. Julian Leal Rapax 1
23. Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1
24. Davide Valsecchi Team AirAsia 1
25. Fabio Leimer Rapax 0
26. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 0

Afternoon Session

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Romain Grosjean Dams 1:49.768 39
2. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1:50.212 30
3. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1:50.388 9
4. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:50.474 21
5. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1:50.477 20
6. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1:50.526 29
7. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:50.580 16
8. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1:50.727 31
9. Josef Kral Arden International 1:50.820 17
10. Oliver Turvey Ocean Racing Technology 1:50.992 19
11. Davide Valsecchi Team AirAsia 1:51.004 21
12. Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering 1:51.046 22
13. Max Chilton Carlin 1:51.111 17
14. Julian Leal Rapax 1:51.127 19
15. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:51.169 29
16. Pal Varhaug Dams 1:51.362 30
17. Andrea Caldarelli Ocean Racing Technology 1:51.396 26
18. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 1:51.505 32
19. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1:51.636 21
20. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1:51.662 25
21. Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 1:51.765 17
22. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1:52.021 23
23. Johnny Cecotto Super Nova Racing 1:52.206 30
24. James Jakes Scuderia Coloni 1:52.587 9
25. Sam Bird iSport International 1:52.616 4
26. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 2:05.096 21