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.
|1||Alexander Rossi||Racing Engineering||1'41.180|
|2||Stoffel Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||1'41.213||0.033|
|4||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||1'41.253||0.073|
|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|
|20||Nicholas Latifi||MP Motorsport||1'42.523||1.343|
|21||Daniel de Jong||Trident||1'42.864||1.684|
|23||Oliver Rowland||Status Grand Prix||1'43.342||2.162|
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