Recap: Caterham Duo Top Final GP2 Test

by Paul Hensby

The final pre-season test for the 2014 GP2 series season concluded on Friday, and saw Indonesian driver Rio Haryanto set the fastest time overall of the three day test, just ahead of his EQ8 Caterham Racing team-mate of Alexander Rossi.  The two of them were almost four tenths of a second faster than the rest of the field, with Carlin driver Julian Leal setting the third best time of the week.

“It is a great feeling to be on top of the time sheets and really good for the team as Alexander and I were comfortably fastest and keep pushing each other forward,” said Haryanto on the official Caterham racing website.

“I am really happy with the overall results and the team has done a great job. We are working very well together to get the best out of the car and I am enjoying working alongside Alexander.”

“To have our cars fastest and so close to each other shows that we should definitely be confident in our qualifying pace now,” added Rossi.  “It has been a really good six days of testing; everyone has put in a massive amount of effort and the team is working really well together.”

British driver Jon Lancaster was fourth fastest overall for MP Motorsport despite not yet being confirmed in the drive for the season.  He was less than a tenth of a second faster than Racing Engineering’s, with the Ferrari junior driver ending up fifth fastest.  Williams Raffaele Marciello F1 reserve driver Felipe Nasr completed the top six, while Jolyon Palmer, who was fastest for DAMS in the Abu Dhabi test the week before was seventh.

The top ten was completed by Russian Time driver Mitch Evans, ART Grand Prix driver and McLaren F1 reserve Stoffel Vandoorne, and Hilmer Motorsport’s Daniel Abt.

Eleven drivers set a time within one second of the ultimate pace set by Haryanto, while less than two seconds covered the Indonesian driver from 26th placed Vittorio Ghirelli in his Trident Racing machine.  Axcil Jefferies had one day in the same car as Ghirelli but ended up slowest of them all in 27th, almost 1.7 seconds behind Ghirelli in the battle for the second seat in the team alongside Johnny Cecotto Jr.

The other drive yet to be decided is at Venezuela GP Lazarus.  Conor Daly is in pole position for the drive after testing for all six days of pre-season testing, and ended up less than a tenth of a second behind the already confirmed Lazarus driver Nathanael Berthon.

Abu Dhabi Overall Pre-Season Test Times

1 Rio Haryanto INO EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:39.129
2 Alexander Rossi USA EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:39.173
3 Julian Leal COL Carlin 1:39.538
4 Jon Lancaster GBR MP Motorsport 1:39.647
5 Raffaele Marciello ITA Racing Engineering 1:39.704
6 Felipe Nasr BRZ Carlin 1:39.829
7 Jolyon Palmer GBR DAMS 1:39.854
8 Mitch Evans NZL Russian Time 1:39.870
9 Stoffel Vandoorne BEL ART Grand Prix 1:39.913
10 Daniel Abt GER Hilmer Motorsport 1:39.931
11 Stephane Richelmi MON DAMS 1:40.045
12 Rene Binder AUT Arden International 1:40.126
13 Kimiya Sato JAP Campos Racing 1:40.154
14 Nathanael Berthon FRA Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:40.190
15 Artem Markelov RUS Russian Time 1:40.191
16 Conor Daly USA Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:40.233
17 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs GBR Rapax 1:40.250
18 Andre Negrao BRZ Arden International 1:40.314
19 Facu Regalia ARG Hilmer Motorsport 1:40.446
20 Simon Trummer SWI Rapax 1:40.474
21 Daniel de Jong NED MP Motorsport 1:40.508
22 Stefano Coletti MON Racing Engineering 1:40.529
23 Takuya Izawa JAP ART Grand Prix 1:40.678
24 Johnny Cecotto VEN Trident Racing 1:40.779
25 Arthur Pic FRA Campos Racing 1:40.840
26 Vittorio Ghirelli ITA Trident Racing 1:40.976
27 Axcil Jefferies ZIM Trident Racing 1:42.670

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