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
|1||Norman Nato||Racing Engineering||1:25.811||14|
|2||Pierre Gasly||PREMA Racing||1:25.961||10|
|3||Jordan King||Racing Engineering||1:26.124||15|
|5||Antonio Giovinazzi||PREMA Racing||1:26.322||10|
|6||Mitch Evans||Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing||1:26.350||18|
|7||Sergey Sirotkin||ART Grand Prix||1:26.405||15|
|9||Oliver Rowland||MP Motorsport||1:26.674||7|
|11||Raffaele Marciello||RUSSIAN TIME||1:26.762||12|
|12||Daniel de Jong||MP Motorsport||1:26.805||9|
|13||Jimmy Eriksson||Arden International||1:26.888||15|
|15||Artem Markelov||RUSSIAN TIME||1:27.065||13|
|16||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||1:27.273||18|
|17||Sean Gelael||Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing||1:27.421||15|
|19||Nabil Jeffri||Arden International||1:28.193||16|
|20||Philo Paz Armand||Trident||1:28.744||15|
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.
|1||Pierre Gasly||PREMA Racing||1:26.375||29|
|3||Norman Nato||Racing Engineering||1:26.558||31|
|4||Antonio Giovinazzi||PREMA Racing||1:26.566||19|
|5||Jordan King||Racing Engineering||1:26.617||34|
|8||Raffaele Marciello||RUSSIAN TIME||1:26.989||21|
|9||Oliver Rowland||MP Motorsport||1:27.101||18|
|13||Mitch Evans||Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing||1:27.222||34|
|14||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||1:27.224||41|
|15||Sergey Sirotkin||ART Grand Prix||1:27.275||18|
|16||Artem Markelov||RUSSIAN TIME||1:27.487||24|
|17||Daniel de Jong||MP Motorsport||1:27.734||13|
|18||Sean Gelael||Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing||1:27.824||34|
|19||Philo Paz Armand||Trident||1:27.838||28|
|20||Nabil Jeffri||Arden International||1:27.846||28|
|21||Jimmy Eriksson||Arden International||1:28.352||8|
The second day of pre-season test two, will continue at the Citcuito de Jerez at 09:00am local time.