Gasly tops first GP2 test of 2015

Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly topped the times on the opening day of GP2 testing in Abu Dhabi.

Gasly tops first GP2 test of 2015
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Gasly had a solid first day of work with his new DAMS team, going second fastest in the morning and quickest in the afternoon with a best time of 1:48.897.

Frenchman Gasly, moving to GP2 full time for 2015, finished less than a tenth of a second ahead of Campos Racing's Arthur Pic, with Raffaele Marciello down in third in his first outing as a Trident driver.

Teammate Rene Binder and Racing Engineering's Jordan King completed the top five on the opening day of work for GP2 teams in 2015.

Most teams focused on aero testing early in the morning, trying out the new-for-2015 DRS system.

American Alexander Rossi set the morning pace in his first outing with Racing Engineering, but all the top times were set in the afternoon.

The morning session was halted for half an hour for software adjustments, and later again when Marlon Stockinger stopped on track at Turn 5 before the lunch break.

In the afternoon, Julian Leal's Carlin car stopped at Turn 17, causing the third stoppage of the day.

Testing continues tomorrow.

Morning times

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1:50.845   8
2 Pierre Gasly DAMS 1:51.298 +0.453 12
3 Alex Lynn DAMS 1:51.544 +0.699 13
4 Raffaele Marciello Trident 1:51.605 +0.760 19
5 Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:51.665 +0.820 17
6 Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1:51.670 +0.825 10
7 Rene Binder Trident 1:51.779 +0.934 9
8 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:51.822 +0.977 10
9 Nathanael Berthon Lazarus 1:52.001 +1.156 10
10 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:52.020 +1.175 13
11 Julian Leal Carlin 1:52.074 +1.229 15
12 Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1:52.103 +1.258 15
13 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1:52.261 +1.416 14
14 Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1:52.273 +1.428 15
15 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:53.059 +2.214 16
16 Robert Visoiu Rapax 1:53.338 +2.493 17
17 Sergio Canamasas Hilmer Motorsport 1:53.340 +2.495 12
18 Marco Sorensen Carlin 1:53.366 +2.521 6
19 Zoel Amberg Lazarus 1:53.565 +2.720 15
20 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:53.701 +2.856 15
21 Vittorio Ghirelli MP Motorsport 1:54.451 +3.606 15
22 Andre Negrao Arden International 1:54.645 +3.800 21
23 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 2:08.142 +17.297 30
24 Norman Nato Arden International 2:15.901 +25.056 30
25 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 2:25.398 +34.553 23
26 Axcil Jefferies Hilmer Motorsport no time    

Afternoon times 

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Pierre Gasly DAMS 1:48.897   23
2 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:48.955 +0.058 18
3 Raffaele Marciello Trident 1:49.252 +0.355 14
4 Rene Binder Trident 1:49.294 +0.397 21
5 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:49.303 +0.406 21
6 Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1:49.379 +0.482 20
7 Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1:49.393 +0.496 21
8 Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1:49.456 +0.559 24
9 Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1:49.474 +0.577 22
10 Alex Lynn DAMS 1:49.480 +0.583 24
11 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:49.579 +0.682 23
12 Norman Nato Arden International 1:49.682 +0.785 22
13 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1:49.771 +0.874 16
14 Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:49.865 +0.968 18
15 Andre Negrao Arden International 1:49.916 +1.019 18
16 Marco Sorensen Carlin 1:49.960 +1.063 24
17 Nathanael Berthon Lazarus 1:50.163 +1.266 17
18 Julian Leal Carlin 1:50.307 +1.410 4
19 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:50.674 +1.777 22
20 Vittorio Ghirelli MP Motorsport 1:50.680 +1.783 19
21 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1:50.929 +2.032 25
22 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:51.004 +2.107 22
23 Robert Visoiu Rapax 1:51.069 +2.172 23
24 Sergio Canamasas Hilmer Motorsport 1:51.178 +2.281 24
25 Zoel Amberg Lazarus 1:52.651 +3.754 14
26 Axcil Jefferies Hilmer Motorsport no time    
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