The 2015 pre-season GP2 tests start at Yas Marina

First three-day test session opens tomorrow in Abu Dhabi

The opening GP2 Series pre-season test session of the year kicks off tomorrow at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. For three days, teams and drivers will work on the eleventh season of the category which will open on April 17-19 at Sakhir, Bahrain, alongside Formula One.

GP2 cars now carry the DRS

The new season of the category will see a new challenge as the GP2 cars now carry the DRS – with the same functionality as the one used in Formula One. It will be the first time that the thirteen teams will test it on their machines. The drivers will be able to use it as they please in the two designated DRS zones, both located in sector 2 at the exact same place as the ones used during the F1 Grand Prix held on this track.

Two promising rookies for the reigning champions

This year, the paddock welcomes some new faces mixed with familiar ones. Reigning champions DAMS will count on two promising rookies to help them retain their crown: Red Bull Junior and FR 3.5L Vice Champion Pierre Gasly will be partnered with 2014 GP3 Champion and Williams F1 development driver Alex Lynn. Carlin have kept Julian Leal who pocketed two podium finishes for the British squad in 2014. The Colombian will be teamed up with GP2 race winner and Lotus F1 test driver Marco Sorensen.

Drivers returning and newcomers

Last season’s GP2 Vice Champion and McLaren F1 test driver Stoffel Vandoorne remains at ART Grand Prix together with newcomer and Japanese F3 Champion Nobuharu Matsushita. Racing Engineering have put their faith in GP2 returnee and race winner Alexander Rossi, and rookie Jordan King whilst RUSSIAN TIME have decided to keep the same line up as 2014 with GP2 race winner Mitch Evans and Artem Markelov.

Trident have bet on GP2 race winner Raffaele Marciello and Rene Binder to take them to the top of the standings this year. Also a race winner in GP2, Arthur Pic has decided to stay at Campos for a second season. He will be joined by GP2 podium finisher Rio Haryanto. Daniel De Jong also remains at MP Motorsport for the season. The Dutchman will be partnered with Vittorio Ghirelli for this test session. Two rookies form the Rapax duo as Sergey Sirotkin and GP3 graduate Robert Visoiu move to GP2.

Arden International put their trust in André Negrao for a second season. The young Brazilian will team-up with rookie Norman Nato. Newcomers Status Grand Prix have already confirmed debutant Marlon Stockinger for the season. The Filipino driver will be joined by another rookie, and GP3 race winner Richie Stanaway who will be testing for the Canadian squad at Yas Marina. Sergio Canamasas and Axcil Jefferies will be testing at Hilmer Motorsport this week. Finally, Lazarus will once again line up with Nathanaël Berthon. The Frenchman will be partnered with rookie Zoel Amberg this week.

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

CAR
DRIVER
LICENSE
TEAM
01
Pierre Gasly
FRA
DAMS
02
Alex Lynn
GBR
DAMS
03
Julian Leal
COL
Carlin
04
Marco Sorensen
DEN
Carlin
05
Stoffel Vandoorne
BEL
ART Grand Prix
06
Nobuharu Matsushita
JAP
ART Grand Prix
07
Jordan King
GBR
Racing Engineering
08
Alexander Rossi
USA
Racing Engineering
09
Mitch Evans
NZL
RUSSIAN TIME
10
Artem Markelov
RUS
RUSSIAN TIME
11
Raffaele Marciello
ITA
Trident
12
Rene Binder
AUT
Trident
14
Arthur Pic
FRA
Campos Racing
15
Rio Haryanto
INA
Campos Racing
16
Vittorio Ghirelli
ITA
MP Motorsport
17
Daniel De Jong
NED
MP Motorsport
18
Sergey Sirotkin
RUS
Rapax
19
Robert Visoiu
ROU
Rapax
20
André Negrao
BRA
Arden International
21
Norman Nato
FRA
Arden International
22
Marlon Stockinger
PHI
Status Grand Prix
23
Richie Stanaway
NZL
Status Grand Prix
24
Sergio Canamasas
ESP
Hilmer Motorsport
25
Axcil Jefferies
ZIM
Hilmer Motorsport
26
Nathanaël Berthon
FRA
Lazarus
27
Zoel Amberg
SUI
Lazarus

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Series GP2
Event Yas Marina March test
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Drivers Alexander Rossi , Marlon Stockinger , Nathanael Berthon , Marco Sorensen , Julian Leal , Axcil Jefferies , Rio Haryanto , Vittorio Ghirelli , Sergio Canamasas , Daniel de Jong , André Negrao , Arthur Pic , Jordan King , Richie Stanaway , Mitch Evans , Zoel Amberg , Robert Visoiu , Alex Lynn , Raffaele Marciello , Rene Binder , Sergey Sirotkin , Norman Nato , Stoffel Vandoorne , Pierre Gasly , Artem Markelov , Nobuharu Matsushita
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Tags arden international, art grand prix, dams