Esteban Gutierrez - Photo Credit: GP2 Media Service

Esteban Gutierrez - Photo Credit: GP2 Media Service

Esteban Gutierrez was half a second quicker than anyone else in free practice ahead of the GP2 Final at Abu Dhabi.

Post-season testing pacesetter Fabio Leimer was the closest to the Mexican ART driver for Racing Engineering, just ahead of GP2 debutant Tom Dillmann who was an impressive third fastest.

Max Chilton was fourth for Carlin, ahead of Dani Clos and Luiz Razia of Rapax and Caterham AirAsia. Nathanael Berthon was seventh in the second Racing Engineering car, ahead of two of the event favourites Marcus Ericsson and Stefano Coletti. Giacomo Ricci was tenth on his GP2 return for Super Nova, but was found guilty of ignoring yellow flags and received a ten place grid penalty. Nicolas Marroc, who was 23rd, was also penalised for the same offence.

Other than Dillmann, Nigel Melker was the next best GP3 graduate in 13th, just ahead of Alexander Rossi, Simon Trummer and Rio Haryanto. James Calado was 19th, with Antonio Felix da Costa in 20th.

Free practice times:

Pos

Driver

Team

Laps

Time

Gap

1 Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus ART 16 1:50.442
2 Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 17 1:50.957 0.515
3 Tom Dillmann iSport International 16 1:50.999 0.557
4 Max Chilton Carlin 15 1:51.018 0.576
5 Dani Clos Rapax 17 1:51.093 0.651
6 Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia 13 1:51.288 0.846
7 Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering 14 1:51.411 0.969
8 Marcus Ericsson iSport International 14 1:51.527 1.085
9 Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 15 1:51.746 1.304
10 Giacomo Ricci Super Nova Racing 17 1:51.847 1.405
11 Kevin Ceccon Scuderia Coloni 17 1:51.917 1.475
12 Jolyon Palmer Barwa Addax Team 17 1:51.932 1.490
13 Nigel Melker DAMS 17 1:52.137 1.695
14 Alexader Rossi Caterham Team AirAsia 11 1:52.258 1.816
15 Simon Trummer Arden International 18 1:52.287 1.845
16 Rio Haryanto DAMS 19 1:52.350 1.908
17 Josef Král Arden International 16 1:52.585 2.143
18 Stephane Richelmi Trident Racing 18 1:52.646 2.204
19 James Calado Lotus ART 17 1:52.665 2.223
20 Antonio Felix Da Costa Ocean Racing Technology 21 1:52.674 2.232
21 Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 16 1:52.779 2.337
22 Jan Charouz Carlin 11 1:52.856 2.414
23 Nicolas Marroc Ocean Racing Technology 17 1:53.042 2.600
24 Fabio Onidi Super Nova Racing 16 1:53.130 2.688
25 Mihai Marinescu Rapax 18 1:53.446 3.004
26 Julian Leal Trident Racing 3 2:02.583 12.141