Gasly ends Bahrain GP2 test on top

Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly led the way on the final day of pre-season testing ahead of the start of the GP2 season in Bahrain.

The Frenchman set the quickest time of the week in the morning session today, a 1:39.632 lap putting him just 0.014 seconds clear of McLaren protege Stoffel Vandoorne in the ART Grand Prix car.

Unlike yesterday, all the best times were set in the morning, as teams focused on longer runs in the afternoon as the track temperatures continued to rise.

Mitch Evans finished in third place for Russian Time, with Racing Engineering's Alexander Rossi and Trident's Raffaele Marciello completing the top five.

In an incredibly tight session, less than a tenth of a second separated the top five drivers.

Times were around two seconds slowed in the afternoon session, which was interrupted when Norman Nato's car started to catch fire 30 minutes in.

The GP2 season kicks off in Bahrain in two weeks.

Morning session
 
 Pos
Driver
Team
Time
Laps
1.
Pierre Gasly
DAMS
1:39.632
21
2.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:39.646
21
3.
Mitch Evans
RUSSIAN TIME
1:39.679
15
4.
Alexander Rossi
Racing Engineering
1:39.715
14
5.
Raffaele Marciello
Trident
1:39.720
21
6.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:39.884
21
7.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:40.002
16
8.
Sergey Sirotkin
Rapax
1:40.007
29
9.
Marco Sorensen
Carlin
1:40.017
18
10.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:40.254
21
11.
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:40.288
18
12.
André Negrao
Arden International
1:40.323
17
13.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:40.356
19
14.
Norman Nato
Arden International
1:40.416
19
15.
Nathanaël Berthon
Lazarus
1:40.453
26
16.
Rio Haryanto
Campos Racing
1:40.663
15
17.
Nick Yelloly
Hilmer Motorsport
1:40.685
25
18.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:40.860
19
19.
Rene Binder
Trident
1:40.873
21
20.
Sergio Canamasas
MP Motorsport
1:41.101
27
21.
Robert Visoiu
Rapax
1:41.261
26
22.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:41.354
20
23
Zoel Amberg
Lazarus
1:41.456
18
24.
Nigel Melker
Hilmer Motorsport
1:42.628
18
25.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
1:44.799
30
26.
Marlon Stockinger
Status Grand Prix
1:45.477
32
Afternoon session
 
 Pos
Driver
Team
Time
Laps
1.
Nigel Melker
Hilmer Motorsport
1:41.566
18
2.
Sergey Sirotkin
Rapax
1:41.633
12
3.
Rio Haryanto
Campos Racing
1:41.707
39
4.
Pierre Gasly
DAMS
1:41.797
28
5.
Norman Nato
Arden International
1:41.970
12
6.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
1:41.988
26
7.
Robert Visoiu
Rapax
1:42.000
12
8.
Nick Yelloly
Hilmer Motorsport
1:42.367
17
9.
Rene Binder
Trident
1:42.510
21
10.
André Negrao
Arden International
1:42.964
20
11.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:42.736
36
12.
Zoel Amberg
Lazarus
1:43.483
29
13.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
1:44.004
35
14.
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
1:44.061
35
15.
Nathanaël Berthon
Lazarus
1:44.115
28
16.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:44.252
33
17.
Marlon Stockinger
Status Grand Prix
1:44.506
34
18.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:44.789
20
19.
Marco Sorensen
Carlin
1:44.878
50
20.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
1:45.087
32
21.
Raffaele Marciello
Trident
1:45.274
11
22.
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:45.376
42
23.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:45.441
38
24.
Alexander Rossi
Racing Engineering
1:45.565
58
25.
Sergio Canamasas
MP Motorsport
1:45.842
22
26.
Mitch Evans
RUSSIAN TIME
1:45.913
26
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Series FIA F2
Event Bahrain April test
Sub-event Day 3
Track Bahrain International Circuit
Drivers Alexander Rossi , Marlon Stockinger , Marco Sorensen , Julian Leal , Rio Haryanto , Nigel Melker , Sergio Canamasas , Daniel de Jong , Arthur Pic , Jordan King , Nick Yelloly , 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
Teams DAMS
Article type Testing report