GP2 Series back in action at Yas Marina

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First three-day pre-season test session opens tomorrow in Abu Dhabi.

The 2014 GP2 Series officially kicks off tomorrow with the first test session of the year at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Teams and drivers have gathered for three days in order to prepare for the tenth season of the category which will open in twenty-five days’ time in Bahrain alongside the Formula One Grand Prix.

Many fresh faces mix with more familiar ones as the field reshuffles. Reigning champions RUSSIAN TIME will fight for another crown with 2012 GP3 Series Champion Mitch Evans and rookie Artem Markelov. Carlin who finished second in the 2013 standings on the same amount of points as their Russian rivals have retained Felipe Nasr who will be partnered with Julian Leal this season. Racing Engineering have bet on Stefano Coletti and rookie Raffaele Marciello to repeat last season’s top form whilst DAMS have chosen to put their faith in the experienced pair of Stéphane Richelmi and GP2 race winner Jolyon Palmer.

Felipe Nasr
Felipe Nasr

Photo by: GP2 Media Service

Two newcomers form ART Grand Prix’s 2014 duo as Stoffel Vandoorne and Takuya Izawa join the GP2 field. Meanwhile, Daniel Abt has moved to Hilmer Motorsport with last year’s GP3 Series runner up Facu Regalia completing the line-up. First driver to be signed for 2014, Simon Trummer has remained at Rapax alongside GP2 race winner Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. Rene Binder moved to Arden International with the British squad also welcoming rookie André Negrao. EQ8 Caterham Racing have staked their claim to finish the season at the top of the standings with the duo of Rio Haryanto / Alexander Rossi.

At MP Motorsport, Daniiel de Jong has been confirmed for a second season. He will be joined for this three day test session by GP2 race winner Jon Lancaster. Recently confirmed at Trident, Johnny Cecotto will be paired for this test with rookie Axcil Jefferies from Zimbabwe. Venezuela GP Lazarus announced last Friday that Nathanaël Berthon was joining them for the season with the clear objective to help the team fight for podiums. Conor Daly will also be testing for the Italian team in Abu Dhabi. The American driver and GP3 graduate already has a GP2 race weekend under his belt at Sepang last year where he scored two points. Last but not least, Campos Racing return to GP2 with a rookie pairing formed by Arthur Pic and Kimiya Sato.

Pirelli have selected two different compounds for these three days: Medium (Prime) and Super Soft (Option). Each driver will be supplied with five sets of Prime and two sets of Option.

The session will start tomorrow at 09:00 local time and will run until 12:00. After a two hour break, the proceedings will resume until 17:00.

Drivers’ Entry List

01 Mitch Evans - NZL - RT RUSSIAN TIME
02 Artem Markelov - RUS - RT RUSSIAN TIME
03 Felipe Nasr - BRA - Carlin
04 Julian Leal - COL - Carlin
05 Raffaele Marciello - ITA - Racing Engineering
06 Stefano Coletti - MON - Racing Engineering
07 Jolyon Palmer - GBR - DAMS
08 Stéphane Richelmi - MON - DAMS
09 Stoffel Vandoorne - BEL - ART Grand Prix
10 Takuya Izawa - JAP - ART Grand Prix
11 Daniel Abt - GER - Hilmer Motorsport
12 Facu Regalia- ARG - Hilmer Motorsport
14 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs - GBR - Rapax
15 Simon Trummer - SUI - Rapax
16 Rene Binder - AUT - Arden International
17 André Negrao - BRA - Arden International
18 Rio Haryanto- INA - EQ8 Caterham Racing
19 Alexander Rossi - USA - EQ8 Caterham Racing
20 Daniiel De Jong - NED - MP Motorsport
21 Jon Lancaster - GBR - MP Motorsport
22 Axcil Jefferies - ZIM - Trident
23 Johnny Cecotto- VEN - Trident
24 Nathanaël Berthon - FRA - Venezuela GP Lazarus
25 Conor DalyL- USA - Venezuela GP Lazarus
26 Arthur PicL- FRA - Campos Racing
27 Kimiya SatoL- JAP - Campos Racing

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