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Series Barcelona test notes day 1

Pastor Maldonado tops Barcelona tests The Venezuelan from Rapax sets the pace in a 1:27.457 in GP2 collective tests, Day 1 The GP2 Series paddock gathered this week for the last three-day pre-season test session in Barcelona. And...

Pastor Maldonado tops Barcelona tests

The Venezuelan from Rapax sets the pace in a 1:27.457 in GP2 collective tests, Day 1

The GP2 Series paddock gathered this week for the last three-day pre-season test session in Barcelona. And once again, it was Pastor Maldonado who set the pace at the end of the day in a 1:27.457, but rookies did not falter with four of them finishing in the Top 5, ART's Sam Bird leading Racing Engineering's Christian Vietoris, Arden's Charles Pic and Super Nova's Ericsson.

This morning, the track activity was pretty slow for most of the first two hours, with Ocean's Max Chilton and Vietoris successively topping the timing sheet. In the last sixty minutes of the three- hour session, the German's best laptime was bettered by Addax' Giedo van der Garde who would then stay on top until the chequered flag. He was closely followed by Bird while the Brit's teammate Jules Bianchi moved up to P4 ahead of Pic. The session was red flagged once after Ho-Pin Tung at Dams touched the barriers at Turn 5. At the restart, Maldonado improved to claim the fourth best laptime. Behind the Top 5, Jer

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Series GP2
Drivers Giedo van der Garde , Ho-Pin Tung , Pastor Maldonado , Sam Bird , Christian Vietoris , Charles Pic , Jules Bianchi
Teams Racing Engineering , Rapax