Stefano Coletti Ends Barcelona Test On Top


A lap on the final morning of testing left Coletti top of the pile (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service)

On a rare dry day of testing at Barcelona, Stefano Coletti set the pace for the second time in three days.

The Rapax driver set the fastest time of the day on the softer compound tyres in the morning session and although Felipe Nasr was the quickest driver in the afternoon session, he was unable to eclipse the Monegasque’s 1:29.055 set earlier in the day.

Amidst a frantic morning session on the first day without a hint of rain in Catalunya, Coletti came out on top just under two tenths clear of DAMSMarcus Ericsson.

Ericsson’s team mate Stephane Richelmi completed the top three just ahead of Carlin’s Jolyon Palmer, who for the first time in Barcelona was able to usurp his previously consistent team mate Nasr, who languished in 14th.

Nevertheless the Brazilian recovered in the afternoon to top the timesheets, narrowly ahead of Coletti by 0.033 secs who had set his best time in the second session on the harder compound.

Only 25 of the 26 cars featured on track for the final day of the test, as Trident ran a sole car for Rodolfo Gonzalez.

The Italian team had planned not to run at all as Gonzalez initially felt he was not well enough to partake in the final day’s running.

The team did not have a second driver either as Robin Frijns switched to new outfit Russian Time.