Matsushita ends GP2 post-season test on top

Honda protege Nobuharu Matsushita posted the fastest time on the final day of GP2 testing at Yas Marina.

Matsushita, who topped both sessions on Wednesday and sat out Thursday, was back with ART for Day 3 and duly ended the test quickest - albeit he could not break into the 1m47s and take the overall best lap of the event from Nicholas Latifi.

Mitch Evans, running with his new team Campos, was the pacesetter in the morning, beating Oliver Rowland by 0.004s - the Briton having switched to DAMS for the final day.

Rapax duo Luca Ghiotto and Andre Negrao took third and fourth, while Sergey Sirotkin brought newcomer squad Prema into the top five.

The final session saw Matsushita edge Latifi by a tenth, with Sirotkin a strong third - although that capped off a mixed test day for Prema, with the other car, driven by Pierre Gasly, completing only four laps due to a gearbox issue.

Rowland and Evans made up the top five in the afternoon, while Ghiotto ended the test as top rookie.

Of the day's newcomers, GP3 frontrunner Emil Bernstorff was 19th overall for Arden, Super GT racer Andrea Caldarelli took 22nd for Russian Time and Italian driver Salvatore De Plano was 23rd with MP.

Pos. Driver Team AM PM
1 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:49.243 1:48.313
2 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:53.588 1:48.432
3 Sergey Sirotkin Prema Racing 1:49.201 1:48.465
4 Oliver Rowland DAMS 1:48.926 1:48.522
5 Mitch Evans Campos Racing 1:48.922 1:48.544
6 Luca Ghiotto Rapax 1:49.057 1:48.668
7 Andre Negrao Rapax 1:49.154 1:48.710
8 Artem Markelov Russian Time 1:50.396 1:48.737
9 Marlon Stockinger ART Grand Prix 1:49.911 1:48.752
10 Richie Stanaway Carlin 1:49.418 1:49.046
11 Nick Yelloly MP Motorsport 1:49.331 1:49.068
12 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 1:50.085 1:49.109
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin 1:49.361 1:49.192
14 Tio Ellinas Trident 1:49.246 1:49.433
15 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:50.237 1:49.249
16 Gustav Malja Status Grand Prix 1:50.152 1:49.357
17 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 1:50.000 1:49.596
18 Artur Janosz Trident 1:51.026 1:49.698
19 Emil Bernstorff Arden International 1:51.517 1:49.706
20 Patric Armand Status Grand Prix 1:51.173 1:50.395
21 Sean Gelael Campos Racing 1:50.968 1:50.436
22 Andrea Caldarelli Russian Time 1:51.011 1:50.471
23 Salvatore De Plano MP Motorsport 1:57.792 1:55.249
24 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 1:55.778 No Time


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Series FIA F2
Event Yas Marina December testing
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Drivers Andre Negrao , Mitch Evans , Sergey Sirotkin , Nicholas Latifi , Oliver Rowland , Luca Ghiotto , Nobuharu Matsushita
Teams ART Grand Prix
Article type Testing report