Latifi ends post-season GP2 test on top

by Paul Hensby

The GP2 Series year came to a conclusion with a three-day test at the Yas Marina Circuit, with Raffaele Marciello, Alexander Albon and Nicholas Latifi sharing out the fastest times.

Marciello reunited with the Trident team he raced in the championship back in 2015 for the first two days, and set the pace with a time of 1:48.937, ahead of Nobuharu Matsushita, who continued to run for ART Grand Prix, at least on the opening day.

Oliver Rowland, who raced for MP Motorsport during 2016, switched over to DAMS for all three days of the test, and ended up third quickest on day one ahead of team-mate Latifi, who remained with DAMS for the test having also raced for them this year.

Johnny Cecotto Jr, the most experienced man in GP2 history, continued his partnership with Rapax and set the fifth fastest time on day one, just ahead of 2016 GP3 Series champion Charles Leclerc of Prema Racing, the leading rookie in the field.

Albon hit the top on day two for ART Grand Prix as he looks to step up from GP3 in 2017 as well, with his time of 1:49.062 enough to deny Marciello top spot for a second day by just 0.024 seconds.

Jordan King, who raced for Racing Engineering in 2016 and took two race victories, set the fourth fastest time on day two after switching to MP Motorsport, while Cecotto Jr again placed inside the top five, just ahead of 2016 Formula V8 3.5 runner up Louis Delétraz, who participated in all three days of the test for Racing Engineering.

Latifi hit the front on the final day with the best time of the test, his 1:48.929 enabling him to finish ahead of Cecotto Jr, King, Rowland, Artem Markelov of Russian Time and Antonio Fuoco of Prema Racing.

As well as Leclerc, Albon and Fuoco, there were debuts in GP2 machinery in the test for Alex Palou, Egor Orudzhev, Sergio Sette Câmara, Felix Serralles, Mahaveer Raghunathan, Salvatore de Plano, Nyck de Vries, Callum Ilott and Christopher Hoher.

Yas Marina Circuit Test Day 1 Result

1Raffaele MarcielloITATrident1:49.7671:48.937
2Nobuharu MatsushitaJAPART Grand Prix1:49.4831:49.107
3Oliver RowlandGBRDAMS1:50.5501:49.182
4Nicholas LatifiCANDAMS1:50.6351:49.247
5Johnny Cecotto JrVENRapax1:50.4111:49.247
6Charles LeclercMONPrema Racing1:50.9581:49.265
7Jordan KingGBRRussian Time1:50.2721:49.348
8Artem MarkelovRUSRussian Time1:49.8921:49.426
9Luca GhiottoITARapax1:50.5931:49.467
10Sean GelaelINOArden International1:50.5941:49.709
11Antonio GiovinazziITAArden International1:51.0331:49.813
12Louis DeletrazSWIRacing Engineering1:50.9221:49.854
13Alex PalouESPCampos Racing1:50.9421:49.870
14Alexander AlbonTHAART Grand Prix1:51.2771:49.945
15Gustav MaljaSWERacing Engineering1:50.7631:49.947
16Antonio FuocoITAPrema Racing1:50.9401:50.046
17Philo Paz ArmandINOTrident1:51.2691:50.187
18Egor OrudzhevRUSCampos Racing1:51.0501:50.582
19Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMP Motorsport1:51.509Excluded
20Felix SerrallesPUECarlin1:54.2491:51.656
21Mahaveer RaghunathanINDCarlin1:54.0751:52.425
22Salvatore De PlanoITAMP Motorsport1:58.8441:55.584

Yas Marina Circuit Test Day 2 Result

1Alexander AlbonTHAART Grand Prix1:50.5401:49.062
2Raffaele MarcielloITATrident1:49.7121:49.086
3Charles LeclercMONPrema Racing1:53.0001:49.092
4Jordan KingGBRMP Motorsport1:50.0771:49.152
5Johnny Cecotto JrVENRapax1:49.9591:49.210
6Louis DeletrazSWIRacing Engineering1:50.9601:49.414
7Oliver RowlandGBRDAMS1:49.6751:49.432
8Nicholas LatifiCANDAMS1:53.0521:49.440
9Antonio FuocoITAPrema Racing1:52.8211:49.582
10Nyck de VriesNEDRapax1:50.9891:49.594
11Gustav MaljaSWERacing Engineering1:51.0781:49.606
12Sean GelaelINOArden International1:52.7011:49.664
13Luca GhiottoITAArden International1:50.5691:49.772
14Callum IlottGBRART Grand Prix1:51.6311:49.847
15Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMP Motorsport1:50.8451:49.945
16Egor OrudzhevRUSCampos Racing1:51.8081:50.044
17Artem MarkelovRUSRussian Time1:52.1721:50.200
18Philo Paz ArmandINOTrident1:51.0201:50.362
19Felix SerrallesPUECarlin1:52.2031:51.302
20Daniel JuncadellaESPCampos Racing1:52.4581:51.549
21Mahaveer RaghunathanINDCarlin1:52.0121:51.800
22Christopher HoherAUTRussian Time1:52.6341:52.070

Yas Marina Circuit Test Day 3 Result

1Nicholas LatifiCANDAMS1:52.8411:48.929
2Johnny Cecotto JrVENRapax1:50.5431:49.141
3Jordan KingGBRMP Motorsport1:49.8801:49.148
4Oliver RowlandGBRDAMS1:50.6181:49.188
5Artem MarkelovRUSRussian Time1:50.7371:49.226
6Antonio FuocoITAPrema Racing1:50.7831:49.345
7Charles LeclercMONPrema Racing1:52.5981:49.384
8Sean GelaelINOArden International1:52.4431:49.385
9Alexander AlbonTHAART Grand Prix1:52.8661:49.405
10Callum IlottGBRART Grand Prix1:52.8061:49.421
11Nyck de VriesNEDRapax1:51.2561:49.573
12Luca GhiottoITAArden International1:52.6941:49.585
13Gustav MaljaSWERacing Engineering1:50.5471:49.775
14Louis DeletrazSWIRacing Engineering1:50.4031:49.941
15Sergio Sette CamaraBRZCarlin1:50.9601:50.036
16Philo Paz ArmandINOTrident1:51.0451:50.254
17Daniel JuncadellaESPCampos Racing1:51.4791:50.665
18Christopher HoherAUTRussian Time1:51.7621:50.668
19Nabil JeffriMAYTrident1:52.2451:50.719
20Egor OrudzhevRUSCampos Racing1:51.0281:51.600
21Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMP Motorsport1:52.5751:52.189

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