King sets day-one pace in Bahrain GP2 test

Jordan King set the pace on the opening of the second GP2 test of 2015 at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain.

The British driver posted a best time of 1:41.494 in the afternoon session to put his Racing Engineering on top of the times ahead of the Russian Time car of Mitch Evans.

The New Zealander, quickest in the morning session, finished just over a tenth of a second behind King.

Sergey Sirotkin in the Rapax machine was third, ahead of Carlin's Norman Nato and McLaren junior Stoffel Vandoorne, driving for ART.

Evans caused the day to finish slightly earlier than planned when he stopped at Turn 3 with a few minutes left on the clock.

The top 15 times of the day were set in the afternoon session, which took place in a scorching heat.

The field was pretty much unchanged compared to the first test of 2015 in Abu Dhabi.

Nick Yelloly joined Hilmer, while Spaniard Sergio Canamasas moved to MP Motorsport for today's session.

The test continues tomorrow.

Morning session

Pos  Driver   Team  Time   Gap  Laps 
Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1:42.479   10
Norman Nato Arden International 1:42.653 0.174 22
Marco Sørensen Carlin 1:42.689 0.210 14
Nathanael Berthon Lazarus 1:42.712 0.233 16
Julian Leal Carlin 1:42.728 0.249 4
Sfoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:42.779 0.300 35
Sergio Canamasas MP Motorsport 1:42.800 0.321 14
Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1:42.801 0.322 10
Andre Negrao Arden International 1:42.953 0.474 26
10  Pierre Gasly DAMS 1:43.015 0.536 10
11  Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1:43.016 0.537 7
12  Nick Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport 1:43.042 0.563 22
13  Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:43.101 0.622 16
14  Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:43.226 0.747 3
15  Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1:43.347 0.868 18
16  Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1:43.357 0.878 14
17  Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1:43.391 0.912 16
18  Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:43.455 0.976 14
19  Raffaele Marciello Trident 1:43.766 1.287 14
20  Robert Visoiu Rapax 1:43.826 1.347 14
21  Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:43.876 1.397 19
22  Alex Lynn DAMS 1:44.022 1.543 10
23  Zoel Amberg Lazarus 1:44.333 1.854 28
24  Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:44.392 1.913 26
25  Rene Binder Trident 1:44.416 1.937 10

Afternoon session

Pos   Driver   Team  Time   Gap  Laps 
Jordan King Racing Engineering 1'41.494   20
Mitchell Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1'41.608 0.114 14
Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1'41.636 0.142 12
Norman Nato Arden International 1'41.755 0.261 16
S.Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1'41.851 0.357 22
Marco Sørensen Carlin 1'41.861 0.367 16
Julian Leal Carlin 1'41.985 0.491 13
N.Berthon Lazarus 1'42.004 0.510 13
Pierre Gasly DAMS 1'42.015 0.521 14
10  Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1'42.038 0.544 13
11  Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1'42.201 0.707 20
12  Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1'42.301 0.807 9
13  Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1'42.301 0.807 15
14  Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1'42.365 0.871 22
15  R.Marciello Trident 1'42.431 0.937 9
16  Alex Lynn DAMS 1'42.461 0.967 11
17  Nick Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport 1'42.608 1.114 18
18  Robert Visoiu Rapax 1'42.628 1.134 11
19  Andre Negrao Arden International 1'42.700 1.206 10
20  N.Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1'43.181 1.687 19
21  Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1'43.207 1.713 15
22  Zoel Amberg Lazarus 1'43.383 1.889 17
23  M.Stöckinger Status Grand Prix 1'43.398 1.904 13
24  Rene Binder Trident 1'43.902 2.408 6
25  Sergio Canamasas MP Motorsport 1'44.630 3.136 8
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Series FIA F2
Event Bahrain April test
Sub-event Day 1
Track Bahrain International Circuit
Drivers Alexander Rossi , Marlon Stockinger , Nathanael Berthon , Marco Sorensen , Julian Leal , Rio Haryanto , Sergio Canamasas , Andre Negrao , 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 Racing Engineering
Article type Testing report