Latifi ends post-season GP2 test on top

Renault test driver Nicholas Latifi was quickest on the third and final day of GP2's post-season Abu Dhabi test.

Latifi ends post-season GP2 test on top

Latifi was the only driver to dip below 1m49s on Friday, the DAMS man ending the day two tenths clear of Johnny Cecotto (Rapax) and Jordan King (MP Motorsport).

His best time – a 1m48.929s – was 0.008s quicker than Raffaele Marciello's benchmark from Wednesday, with the Italian absent from the final day of the test.

Manor development driver King, running with MP Motorsport for a second day, was quickest by more than half a second in the morning, with a benchmark of 1m49.880s.

But, as always, times would go up significantly in the afternoon, Latifi eventually taking over at the top for good in the penultimate hour of the test.

The Canadian's DAMS teammate Oliver Rowland was a close fourth behind Cecotto and King, with Artem Markelov fifth for Russian Time.

Antonio Fuoco headed fellow Ferrari protege and 2017 Prema teammate Charles Leclerc in sixth, with the Monegasque just 0.001s ahead of Sean Gelael.

Alex Albon, who had topped the proceedings on Thursday, was ninth, with fellow ART tester Callum Ilott in tenth.

Day 3 results

Pos. Driver Team AM PM
1 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:52.841 1:48.929
2 Johnny Cecotto Rapax 1:50.543 1:49.141
3 Jordan King MP Motorsport 1:49.880 1:49.148
4 Oliver Rowland DAMS 1:50.618 1:49.188
5 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:50.737 1:49.226
6 Antonio Fuoco PREMA Racing 1:50.783 1:49.345
7 Charles Leclerc PREMA Racing 1:52.598 1:49.384
8 Sean Gelael Arden International 1:52.443 1:49.385
9 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1:52.866 1:49.405
10 Callum Ilott ART Grand Prix 1:52.806 1:49.421
11 Nyck de Vries Rapax 1:51.256 1:49.573
12 Luca Ghiotto Arden International 1:52.694 1:49.585
13 Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 1:50.547 1:49.775
14 Louis Deletraz Racing Engineering 1:50.403 1:49.951
15 Sergio Sette Camara Carlin 1:50.960 1:50.036
16 Philo Paz Armand Trident 1:51.045 1:50.254
17 Dani Juncadella Pertamina Campos Racing 1:51.479 1:50.665
18 Christopher Hoher RUSSIAN TIME 1:51.762 1:50.668
19 Nabil Jeffri Trident 1:52.245 1:50.719
20 Egor Orudzhev Pertamina Campos Racing 1:51.028 1:51.600
21 Mahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport 1:52.575 1:52.189

 

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