Gasly quickest again on final day of Barcelona test
Red Bull protege Pierre Gasly set the best time of the three-day GP2 pre-season test at Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona on Friday.
Prema driver Gasly, who had smashed the existing track record for Dallara GP2/11 machinery on Day 2, took the top spot away from former DAMS teammate Alex Lynn in the final day's morning session with a lap of 1m27.386s.
Racing Engineering's Norman Nato and Prema's Antonio Giovinazzi – Gasly's new teammate – then joined the duo in the sub-1m28s margin, demoting Lynn to fourth place.
Luca Ghiotto and Daniel de Jong were the only other drivers to clock 1m27s laptimes.
Most of the afternoon, meanwhile, was headed by Russian Time's Artem Markelov, his benchmark a full two seconds off Gasly's. And in that very session, Markelov's teammate Raffaele Marciello was forced to sit out much of the action after making contact with another car.
In the final hour, Swedish drivers Gustav Malja and Jimmy Eriksson moved ahead of Markelov for first and second, the Russian rounding out the top three
His compatriot Sergey Sirotkin, who had topped Day 1 and is widely seen as one of the pre-season favourites, ended Friday ninth overall after causing a red flag in the morning via a trip to the gravel.
GP2 pre-season testing will conclude on March 29-31 with six sessions at Jerez.
Day 3 results
|1||Pierre Gasly||Prema Racing||1:27.386||1:33.062|
|2||Norman Nato||Racing Engineering||1:27.630||1:33.968|
|3||Antonio Giovinazzi||Prema Racing||1:27.755||1:33.669|
|6||Daniel de Jong||MP Motorsport||1:27.977||1:33.249|
|7||Mitch Evans||Jagonya Ayam Campos||1:28.022||1:33.596|
|9||Sergey Sirotkin||ART Grand Prix||1:28.122||1:33.534|
|10||Jordan King||Racing Engineering||1:28.122||1:34.247|
|13||Raffaele Marciello||Russian Time||1:28.296||1:34.296|
|15||Oliver Rowland||MP Motorsport||1:28.421||1:29.474|
|16||Sergio Canamasas||Status Grand Prix||1:28.491||1:29.586|
|17||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||1:28.599||1:29.425|
|19||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||1:28.871||1:34.331|
|20||Jimmy Eriksson||Arden International||1:29.433||1:29.263|
|21||Philo Paz Armand||Trident||1:29.450||1:33.695|
|22||Nabil Jeffri||Arden International||1:29.662||1:31.845|
|23||Sean Gelael||Jagonya Ayam Campos||1:29.755||1:33.606|
|24||Meindert van Buuren||Status Grand Prix||1:30.007||1:30.555|
Gasly dethrones Sirotkin on Day 2 in Barcelona
A very successful three days of testing for Racing Engineering at Barcelona