Gasly dethrones Sirotkin on Day 2 in Barcelona

Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly topped the timesheets on Day 2 of GP2 pre-season testing in Barcelona, demoting Day 1 pacesetter Sergey Sirotkin with a late lap.

Sirotkin set a 1m27.971s early in the morning session - at that point the best lap around Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for a Dallara GP2/11.

Just as on Wednesday, Gasly was second in that session but he managed to take almost three tenths off Sirotkin's time in the afternoon, with a 1m27.703s.

Racing Engineering teammates Jordan King and Norman Nato were third and fourth in the morning, close behind Gasly.

Raffaele Marciello completed the top five, two tenths up on sixth-placed Mitch Evans, the very driver Marciello replaced at Russian Time.

King was then runner-up in the afternoon, a full second down on Gasly's benchmark, and with Arthur Pic grabbing a late third ahead of newcomer Antonio Giovinazzi, who brought out one of the day's red flags, and Daniel de Jong.

Carlin, which has just announced it's bowed out of 3.5 to focus on GP2, had a strong day, with both newcomer Rene Binder and confirmed driver Marvin Kirchhofer in the top 10.

Status, which skipped Day 1, was 15th overall with Sergio Canamasas and 23rd with Meindert van Buuren.

Day 2 results

Pos. Driver Team AM PM
1 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 1:28.084 1:27.703
2 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 1:27.971 1:32.966
3 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:28.093 1:28.779
4 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 1:28.106 1:34.948
5 Raffaele Marciello Russian Time 1:28.194 1:33.969
6 Mitch Evans Campos Racing 1:28.403 1:33.700
7 Rene Binder Carlin 1:28.591 1:29.616
8 Arthur Pic Rapax 1:29.717 1:28.827
9 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 1:28.862 1:29.991
10 Artem Markelov Russian Time 1:28.871 1:30.732
11 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1:28.873 1:29.879
12 Nobuharu Matshushita ART Grand Prix 1:28.890 1:33.471
13 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1:28.902 1:29.130
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 1:32.023 1:29.023
15 Sergio Canamasas Status Grand Prix 1:29.103 1:30.063
16 Gustav Malja Rapax 1:29.115 1:29.794
17 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 1:29.229 1:29.198
18 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 1:29.204 1:29.632
19 Sean Gelael Campos Racing 1:29.353 1:34.727
20 Philo Paz Armand Trident 1:30.143 1:31.739
21 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 1:30.223 1:30.957
22 Alex Lynn DAMS 1:34.714 1:30.574
23 Meindert van Buuren Status Grand Prix 1:32.077 1:32.700
24 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:33.952 1:34.478

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Series GP2
Event Barcelona March testing
Track Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Drivers Jordan King , Sergey Sirotkin , Pierre Gasly
Teams Prema Powerteam
Article type Testing report