Venezuelan driver quickest on Day 2 in Jerez
Johnny Cecotto was unbeatable today at the final test day of the 2012 season in Spain. He topped both sessions at the wheel of an Arden car. With a laptime of 1:25.694 set this morning, the Venezuelan wrapped up a strong season with the quickest time of the two-day test session at Jerez.
The grid was shaken up a bit today: on top of Cecotto moving from Carlin to Arden, Stéphane Richelmi and Mitch Evans moved to DAMS whilst Kevin Mirocha tested at iSport and Rio Haryanto moved to Lotus GP. Yesterday’s fastest man Marcus Ericsson was at the wheel of a Scuderia Coloni car for this second day, Sergio Canamasas moved to Trident, and Ramon Piniero to Carlin. Finally, Fabio Leimer returned to Racing Engineering.
The proceedings were briefly halted after Daniel Juncadella (Rapax) spun and stopped on track. At the restart, Nasr improved his personal best and also set a laptime in the 1m25s, a clear three tenths from Quaife-Hobbs in P3, but a shy 0.02s slower than Cecotto. A second red flag interrupted the session with thirty minutes left on the clock as Simon Trummer (Caterham) spun and stopped on track as well. At the chequered flag, Ericsson, Kevin Giovesi (Lazarus), Richelmi, Haryanto, Sims, Stefano Coletti (Rapax) and Alexander Rossi (Caterham) completed the top ten.
After a one hour lunch break, the track was live again and Cecotto continued to display his good form by setting the early pace ahead of Sims and Evans. Nigel Melker (Racing Engineering) found extra pace to sneak into P2. The session was red flagged as Giovesi stopped on track following what looked like mechanical gremlins.
This marks the final outing of the GP2/11 car in 2012. The GP2 Series takes a breather and will be back on track for the first pre-season testing of the 2013 season on February 26th, 27th and 28th at Jerez. A second pre-season test session will be held on March 5th 6th and 7th at Barcelona.