Kiwi Evans Tops Bahrain Free Practice


New Zealander Mitch Evans ended up fastest in the first free practice session of the tenth season of the GP2 season at the Bahrain International Circuit.  His lap of 1:42.062s ensured that 2013 Teams’ Champions Russian Time began 2014 still on top.

McLaren reserve driver and new ART Grand Prix racer Stoffel Vandoorne was second quickest, 0.062s behind, just ahead of fellow rookie and Ferrari junior driver Raffaele Marciello for Racing Engineering.  Hilmer Motorsports driver Daniel Abt was fourth fastest in a session where the top 19 were covered by less than one second.

Monegasque driver Stephane Richelmi was the best placed of the DAMS drivers in fifth, ahead of the first of the EQ8 Caterham Racing entry of Indonesian Rio Haryanto.  Their respective team-mates Jolyon Palmer and Alexander Rossi, both regarded as championship contenders this season, ended eighth and seventeenth respectively.

Brazilian Andre Negrao completed his first session as a GP2 driver for Arden International in seventh, while the top ten was rounded out by Rapax driver Simon Trummer in ninth and Venezuelan GP Lazarus driver Conor Daly in tenth.

The session was cut short by two minutes when MP Motorsport driver Daniel de Jong ground to a halt at the exit of turn two with an apparent mechanical failure, causing a red flag.

Bahrain Free Practice Session Results

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Mitch Evans NZL RT Russian Time 1:42.062
2 Stoffel Vandoorne BEL ART Grand Prix 1:42.124
3 Raffaele Marciello ITA Racing Engineering 1:42.269
4 Daniel Abt GER Hilmer Motorsport 1:42.319
5 Stephane Richelmi MON DAMS 1:42.373
6 Rio Haryanto INO EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:42.388
7 Andre Negrao BRZ Arden International 1:42.507
8 Jolyon Palmer GBR DAMS 1:42.533
9 Simon Trummer SWI Rapax 1:42.553
10 Conor Daly USA Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:42.574
11 Takuya Izawa JAP ART Grand Prix 1:42.606
12 Stefano Coletti MON Racing Engineering 1:42.607
13 Arthur Pic FRA Campos Racing 1:42.629
14 Daniel de Jong NED MP Motorsport 1:42.653
15 Julian Leal COL Carlin 1:42.664
16 Felipe Nasr BRZ Carlin 1:42.707
17 Alexander Rossi USA EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:42.959
18 Johnny Cecotto JR VEN Trident Racing 1:42.984
19 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs GBR Rapax 1:42.997
20 Rene Binder AUT Arden International 1:43.071
21 Jon Lancaster GBR MP Motorsport 1:43.076
22 Nathanael Berthon FRA Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:43.307
23 Facu Regalia ARG Hilmer Motorsport 1:43.547
24 Artem Markelov RUS RT Russian Time 1:43.815
25 Axcil Jefferies ZIM Trident Racing 1:43.842
26 Kimiya Sato JAP Campos Racing 1:44.243