Norman Nato sits comfortably at the top of GP2 timing sheets


The second GP2 Series pre-season test got underway at the Circuito de Jerez today, and it was Norman Nato in the Racing Engineering car who topped the day after he set the quickest time in the morning session.

Spain’s blue skies greeted the drivers and teams as they made their way onto circuit for the second pre-season test of 2016. Alex Lynn was the first out on track and was closely followed by teammate Nicholas Latifi and the rest of his rivals in the cold temperatures.

Morning proceedings were fairly quiet when they were halted when the fog began to roll in, but when the action got underway once more it was Raffaele Marciello in the RUSSIAN TIME machine that went to the top of the timing sheets after the Italian man set a 1:26.762.

Jordan King went quickest in the final half hour ahead of Lynn and Mitch Evans but it was King’s teammate Nato who shot to the top of the sheets when he quickly went under the 1m26 marker.

Nato led at the chequered flag ahead of fellow Frenchman, Pierre Gasly and King. Lynn, Antonio Giovinazzi, Evans, Sergey Sirotkin, Arthur Pic, Oliver Rowland and Gustav Malja all completed the top ten finishers.

MORNING SESSION TIMES

POSDRIVERTEAMTIMELAPS
1Norman NatoRacing Engineering1:25.81114
2Pierre GaslyPREMA Racing1:25.96110
3Jordan KingRacing Engineering1:26.12415
4Alex LynnDAMS1:26.2808
5Antonio GiovinazziPREMA Racing1:26.32210
6Mitch EvansJagonya Ayam Campos Racing1:26.35018
7Sergey SirotkinART Grand Prix1:26.40515
8Arthur PicRapax1:26.65015
9Oliver RowlandMP Motorsport1:26.6747
10Gustav MaljaRapax1:26.70617
11Raffaele MarcielloRUSSIAN TIME1:26.76212
12Daniel de JongMP Motorsport1:26.8059
13Jimmy ErikssonArden International 1:26.88815
14Marvin KirchhoferCarlin1:26.92815
15Artem MarkelovRUSSIAN TIME1:27.06513
16Nobuharu MatsushitaART Grand Prix1:27.27318
17Sean GelaelJagonya Ayam Campos Racing1:27.42115
18Luca GhiottoTrident1:27.65713
19Nabil JeffriArden International 1:28.19316
20Philo Paz ArmandTrident1:28.74415
21Nicholas Latifi DAMS1:35.3604

Once again, blue skies welcomed drivers onto the circuit in the afternoon session, this time with the temperatures higher than they had been in the morning. Latifi was the first onto the circuit but it was his teammate, Lynn, who set the early pace.

Within the opening hour, Jimmy Eriksson of Arden International caused a red flag after the Swede made contact with the barrier at the first turn. The session quickly got underway again and remained trouble free, with the majority of drivers completing race simulated runs and practice starts.

Gasly went quickest with just an hour left of the clock, topping the timing sheets when he set a 1:26.375s. Lynn and Nato completed the top three.

Giovinazzi, King, Luca Ghiotto, Marvin Kirchhofer, Marciello, Oliver Rowland and Pic all slotted into the top ten.

POSDRIVERTEAMTIMELAPS
1Pierre GaslyPREMA Racing1:26.37529
2Alex LynnDAMS1:26.44243
3Norman NatoRacing Engineering1:26.55831
4Antonio GiovinazziPREMA Racing1:26.56619
5Jordan KingRacing Engineering1:26.61734
6Luca GhiottoTrident1:26.85518
7Marvin KirchhoferCarlin1:26.88329
8Raffaele MarcielloRUSSIAN TIME1:26.98921
9Oliver RowlandMP Motorsport1:27.10118
10Arthur PicRapax1:27.11221
11Gustav MaljaRapax1:27.15112
12Nicholas Latifi DAMS1:27.15446
13Mitch EvansJagonya Ayam Campos Racing1:27.22234
14Nobuharu MatsushitaART Grand Prix1:27.22441
15Sergey SirotkinART Grand Prix1:27.27518
16Artem MarkelovRUSSIAN TIME1:27.48724
17Daniel de JongMP Motorsport1:27.73413
18Sean GelaelJagonya Ayam Campos Racing1:27.82434
19Philo Paz ArmandTrident1:27.83828
20Nabil JeffriArden International 1:27.84628
21Jimmy ErikssonArden International 1:28.3528

The second day of pre-season test two, will continue at the Citcuito de Jerez at 09:00am local time.