Bahrain GP2: Rossi leads ultra-tight practice session

Alexander Rossi topped the 45-minute practice session ahead of this weekend’s GP2 Series races supporting the World Endurance Championship finale at Bahrain.

DAMS's Pierre Gasly set early pace on 1m41.230s, but this mark was eclipsed by Racing Engineering driver Rossi’s 1m41.180s later in the session.

Champion elect Stoffel Vandoorne – who put the title out of Rossi’s reach in Russia – was second fastest for ART Grand Prix, just 0.033s slower. That time was 0.05s quicker than Gasly’s, which stood for third.

The top four was covered by 0.073s, with Vandoorne’s ART teammate Nobuharu Matsushita fourth quickest.

Sergey Sirotkin was fifth fastest for Rapax on 1m41.345s, ahead of Raffaele Marciello, Alex Lynn and Jordan King.

Arthur Pic and Rio Haryanto rounded out the top 10.

Qualifying takes place at 1420 local time.

Practice times:

Pos. Driver Team Time Delay
1  Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1'41.180  
2  Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1'41.213 0.033
3  Pierre Gasly DAMS 1'41.230 0.050
4  Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1'41.253 0.073
5  Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1'41.345 0.165
6  Raffaele Marciello Trident 1'41.427 0.247
7  Alex Lynn DAMS 1'41.507 0.327
8  Jordan King Racing Engineering 1'41.529 0.349
9  Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1'41.535 0.355
10  Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1'41.610 0.430
11  Norman Nato Arden International 1'41.688 0.508
12  Rene Binder MP Motorsport 1'41.729 0.549
13  Sergio Canamasas Daiko Team Lazarus 1'41.747 0.567
14  Artem Markelov Russian Time 1'41.849 0.669
15  Mitch Evans Russian Time 1'41.943 0.763
16  Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1'42.006 0.826
17  Nathanael Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 1'42.150 0.970
18  Andre Negrao Arden International 1'42.173 0.993
19  Dean Stoneman Carlin 1'42.453 1.273
20  Nicholas Latifi MP Motorsport 1'42.523 1.343
21  Daniel de Jong Trident 1'42.864 1.684
22  Gustav Malja Rapax 1'43.302 2.122
23  Oliver Rowland Status Grand Prix 1'43.342 2.162
24  Sean Gelael Carlin 1'44.400 3.220

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Series FIA F2
Event Bahrain
Track Bahrain International Circuit
Drivers Alexander Rossi , Stoffel Vandoorne , Pierre Gasly
Article type Practice report