Gasly quickest again on final day of Barcelona test

Red Bull protege Pierre Gasly set the best time of the three-day GP2 pre-season test at Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona on Friday.

Prema driver Gasly, who had smashed the existing track record for Dallara GP2/11 machinery on Day 2, took the top spot away from former DAMS teammate Alex Lynn in the final day's morning session with a lap of 1m27.386s.

Racing Engineering's Norman Nato and Prema's Antonio Giovinazzi – Gasly's new teammate – then joined the duo in the sub-1m28s margin, demoting Lynn to fourth place.

Luca Ghiotto and Daniel de Jong were the only other drivers to clock 1m27s laptimes.

Most of the afternoon, meanwhile, was headed by Russian Time's Artem Markelov, his benchmark a full two seconds off Gasly's. And in that very session, Markelov's teammate Raffaele Marciello was forced to sit out much of the action after making contact with another car.

In the final hour, Swedish drivers Gustav Malja and Jimmy Eriksson moved ahead of Markelov for first and second, the Russian rounding out the top three

His compatriot Sergey Sirotkin, who had topped Day 1 and is widely seen as one of the pre-season favourites, ended Friday ninth overall after causing a red flag in the morning via a trip to the gravel.

GP2 pre-season testing will conclude on March 29-31 with six sessions at Jerez.

Day 3 results

Pos. Driver Team AM PM
1 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 1:27.386 1:33.062
2 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 1:27.630 1:33.968
3 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 1:27.755 1:33.669
4 Alex Lynn DAMS 1:27.841 1.32.723
5 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1:27.884 1:32.836
6 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1:27.977 1:33.249
7 Mitch Evans Jagonya Ayam Campos 1:28.022 1:33.596
8 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:28.067 1:33.883
9 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 1:28.122 1:33.534
10 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:28.122 1:34.247
11 Arthur Pic Rapax 1:28.150 1:29.678
12 Rene Binder Carlin 1:28.240 1:32.779
13 Raffaele Marciello Russian Time 1:28.296 1:34.296
14 Gustav Malja Rapax 1:28.335 1:28.719
15 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 1:28.421 1:29.474
16 Sergio Canamasas Status Grand Prix 1:28.491 1:29.586
17 Artem Markelov Russian Time 1:28.599 1:29.425
18 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 1:28.744 1:33.317
19 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:28.871 1:34.331
20 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 1:29.433 1:29.263
21 Philo Paz Armand Trident 1:29.450 1:33.695
22 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 1:29.662 1:31.845
23 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam Campos 1:29.755 1:33.606
24 Meindert van Buuren Status Grand Prix 1:30.007 1:30.555

 

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Series GP2
Event Barcelona March testing
Track Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Drivers Antonio Giovinazzi , Norman Nato , Pierre Gasly
Teams Prema Powerteam
Article type Testing report