DAMS driver Jolyon Palmer ended day two of the pre-season test in Abu Dhabi on the top of the standings, but Conor Daly’s running was curtailed by a crash with Facu Regalia that caused the American drivers’ Venezuela GP Lazarus machine to barrel roll.
It was the second consecutive day that British driver Palmer was fastest, and his 1:50.311s lap was almost half a second clear of Trident Racing’s Johnny Cecotto. Stoffel Vandoorne finished third in his ART Grand Prix car, just ahead of Palmer’s DAMS team-mate Stephane Richelmi.
Jon Lancaster, one of three drivers who have yet to be confirmed in a drive for the 2014 season, was fifth in his second day running for MP Motorsport, while series debutant Kimiya Sato ended the day in an impressive sixth for Campos Racing. Mitch Evans, who was second fastest on day one, ended up in seventh for Russian Time. Andre Negrao was eighth for Arden International just ahead of the two EQ8 Caterham Racing drivers of Rio Haryanto and Alexander Rossi.
It was a relative quiet day for some of the championship favourites. Felipe Nasr was 15th for Carlin, while the Racing Engineering pair of Raffaele Marciello and Stefano Coletti ended the day 18th and 21st respectively.
Vandoorne caused the first red flag of the day when he clipped the barriers at turn 19, while Axcil Jefferies caused two stoppages for Trident Racing. But the most dramatic incident was when Conor Daly, on a quick lap, collided with the slower moving Facu Regalia at turn 18. Daly’s car was launched over the Hilmer Motorsport machine and barrel-rolled, but the American emerged unscathed.
The third and final day of the Abu Dhabi test is tomorrow.
Abu Dhabi Day 2 Pre-Season Test Times
|2||Johnny Cecotto Jr||VEN||Trident Racing||1:50.760|
|3||Stoffel Vandoorne||BEL||Art Grand Prix||1:50.821|
|5||Jon Lancaster||GBR||MP Motorsport||1:51.005|
|6||Kimiya Sato||JAP||Campos Racing||1:51.204|
|7||Mitch Evans||NZL||Russian Time||1:51.231|
|8||Andre Negrao||BRZ||Arden International||1:51.237|
|9||Rio Haryanto||INO||EQ8 Caterham Racing||1:51.445|
|10||Alexander Rossi||USA||EQ8 Caterham Racing||1:51.484|
|11||Daniel de Jong||NED||MP Motorsport||1:51.590|
|12||Facu Regalia||ARG||Hilmer Motorsport||1:51.614|
|13||Daniel Abt||GER||Hilmer Motorsport||1:51.668|
|14||Arthur Pic||FRA||Campos Racing||1:51.769|
|16||Conor Daly||USA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||1:51.846|
|18||Raffaele Marciello||ITA||Racing Engineering||1:52.024|
|19||Rene Binder||AUT||Arden International||1:52.038|
|20||Artem Markelov||RUS||Russian Time||1:52.341|
|21||Stefano Coletti||MON||Racing Engineering||1:52.404|
|22||Takuya Izawa||JAP||ART Grand Prix||1:52.528|
|23||Nathanael Berthon||FRA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||1:52.580|
|26||Axcil Jefferies||ZIM||Trident Racing||1:52.944|