King leads opening GP2 practice on debut

Jordan King led a Racing Engineering one-two in the first GP2 practice session of the year at Bahrain, edging out teammate Alexander Rossi by just a hundredth of a second.

King leads opening GP2 practice on debut
Jordan King, Racing Engineering
Stoffel Vandoorne, ART Grand Prix
Alex Lynn, DAMS
Arthur Pic, Campos Racing
Alexander Rossi, Racing Engineering
Alexander Rossi, Racing Engineering

With the drivers focussing on long runs for most of the session, the quickest times all came within the first 15 minutes of running.

Rossi established initial benchmark of 1m42.451s in the opening stages of the session, which went unbeaten until King managed to set a time 0.010s faster, demoting the Californian to second.

DAMS driver Alex Lynn came closest to disrupting the Racing Engineering domination of the timesheets, lapping 0.068s slower than fellow rookie King and ending up third fastest.

Stoffel Vandoorne meanwhile was fourth fastest, 0.171s off the pace, the Belgian’s session coming to a premature halt as his ART Grand Prix-run car suffered oil pressure failure with seven minutes of the session remaining.

Campos drivers Arthur Pic and Rio Haryanto completed the top six, ahead of Lynn’s DAMS teammate Pierre Gasly, Mitch Evans (Russian Time), Raffaele Marciello (Trident) and Nobuharu Matsushita in the second ART car, all of whom managed to get within a second of King’s best time.

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Jordan King Racing Engineering 1:42.441   17
2. Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1:42.451 0.010 20
3. Alex Lynn DAMS 1:42.509 0.068 18
4. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:42.612 0.171 14
5. Arthur Pic Campos 1:42.948 0.507 16
6. Rio Haryanto Campos 1:43.043 0.602 16
7. Pierre Gasly DAMS 1:43.249 0.808 18
8. Mitch Evans Russian Time 1:43.327 0.886 16
9. Raffaele Marciello Trident 1:43.400 0.959 16
10. Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1:43.422 0.981 18
11. Artem Markelov Russian Time 1:43.457 1.016 18
12. Julian Leal Carlin 1:43.581 1.140 12
13. Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1:43.684 1.243 16
14. Norman Nato Arden 1:43.762 1.321 14
15. Marco Sorensen Carlin 1:43.774 1.333 16
16. Robert Visoiu Rapax 1:43.810 1.369 13
17. Richie Stanaway Status 1:43.814 1.373 16
18. Sergio Canamasas MP Motorsport 1:43.948 1.507 14
19. Nathanael Berthon Lazarus 1:44.178 1.737 14
20. Rene Binder Trident 1:44.233 1.792 18
21. Marlon Stockinger Status 1:44.515 2.074 12
22. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:44.517 2.076 16
23. Andre Negrao Arden 1:44.529 2.088 14
24. Zoel Amberg Lazarus 1:51.825 9.384 5
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