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GP2 Winter Test (Yas Marina, November 27th)

November 27, 2010

Not content with topping the timing sheets on Wednesday, Swiss driver Fabio Leimer registered the fastest laps at today’s GP2 test as well.

Running with Rapax squad, Leimer had a trouble free day, completing 38 laps over the course of the session. He topped Josef Král in his Arden machine in the morning (by 0.026 of-a-second) and DPR’s Michael Herck in the afternoon (0.116 of-a-second ahead).
Herck’s competitive times matched his Tuesday form – the Romanian driver was only 0.049 slower than Leimer in the morning and he will be well served should he take this form into the 2011 season. However, with this being testing, it is difficult to know where Herck truly stands in terms of outright pace.
Twice Superleague Formula Champion and former GP2 driver Davide Rigon tested with Rapax today. The 24-year-old’s times fell somewhat short of Leimer’s ultimate pace, with Rigon 19th in the morning 1.62 seconds slower; however that gap shrank to 0.843 of-a-second in the afternoon as the Italian picked some little pace.

Britain’s Sam Bird also had a rewarding day. The 23-year-old was driving for iSport today – his third team this week and confidently gave them 3rd (morning) and 4th (afternoon). He will drive for Super Nova tomorrow.
Bird was partnered at iSport by Rio Haryanto – the GP3 driver was unable to match the pace of his more experienced team mate, finished bottom of the timing sheets in the morning (2.2 seconds slower than Leimer) and then 23rd in the later running (2.5 seconds adrift).
Only ART Grand Prix’ Esteban Gutierrez was slower than Haryanto in the afternoon; the Mexican was running race simulation’s, but the pace was not apparent. Gutierrez did put in a good time in the morning, registering the 8th best lap. Alexander Sims partnered Gutierrez at ART – the 22-year-old found himself near the rear of the timing screens as he struggled to understand the feel of the GP2 machine.

Unseated Formula 1 drivers Romain Grosjean and Karun Chandhok stepped back into GP2 today as part of benchmark runs. Grosjean set top ten times in both sessions while Chandhok had a more difficult day – the Indian driver spent time with Ocean Racing Technology, working on aero set ups, registering 14th (morning) and 13th (afternoon) best times in the process.

Morning Session // Day 3
1  Fabio Leimer         Rapax                    1:47.856 (18)
2  Josef Král           Arden International      1:47.882 (22)
3  Michael Herck        DPR                      1:47.905 (25)
4  Sam Bird             iSport International     1:48.053 (19)
5  Marcus Ericsson      Barwa Addax Team         1:48.113 (29)
6  Roberto Merhi        Racing Engineering       1:48.279 (31)
7  Brendon Hartley      Racing Engineering       1:48.372 (28)
8  Esteban Gutierrez    ART Grand Prix           1:48.517 (26)
9  Romain Grosjean      Dams                     1:48.552 (27)
10 Dani Clos            Trident Racing           1:48.634 (20)
11 Oliver Turvey        Super Nova Racing        1:48.645 (30)
12 Jolyon Palmer        Barwa Addax Team         1:48.647 (29)
13 Alexander Rossi      Arden International      1:48.703 (24)
14 Karun Chandhok       Ocean Racing Technology  1:48.772 (23)
15 Rodolfo Gonzalez     Ocean Racing Technology  1:48.819 (34)
16 Kevin Ceccon         DPR                      1:49.085 (23)
17 Jake Rosenzweig      Super Nova Racing        1:49.439 (24)
18 Julian Leal          Trident Racing           1:49.439 (22)
19 Davide Rigon         Rapax                    1:49.476 (18)
20 Nathanael Berthon    Dams                     1:49.480 (11)
21 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs  Scuderia Coloni          1:49.488 (31)
22 Alexander Sims       ART Grand Prix           1:49.605 (29)
23 Armaan Ebrahim       Scuderia Coloni          1:49.731 (17)
24 Rio Haryanto         iSport International     1:50.067 (18)

Afternoon Session // Day 3
1  Fabio Leimer         Rapax                    1:47.165 (20)
2  Michael Herck        DPR                      1:47.281 (23)
3  Sam Bird             iSport International     1:47.490 (14)
4  Romain Grosjean      Dams                     1:47.558 (21)
5  Dani Clos            Trident Racing           1:47.567 (17)
6  Marcus Ericsson      Barwa Addax Team         1:47.775 (21)
7  Roberto Merhi        Racing Engineering       1:47.869 (19)
8  Oliver Turvey        Super Nova Racing        1:47.960 (20)
9  Davide Rigon         Rapax                    1:48.008 (33)
10 Jolyon Palmer        Barwa Addax Team         1:48.185 (28)
11 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs  Scuderia Coloni          1:48.228 (25)
12 Josef Král           Arden International      1:48.303 (26)
13 Karun Chandhok       Ocean Racing Technology  1:48.372 (23)
14 Alexander Rossi      Arden International      1:48.425 (29)
15 Julian Leal          Trident Racing           1:48.499 (21)
16 Brendon Hartley      Racing Engineering       1:48.540 (23)
17 Nathanael Berthon    Dams                     1:48.575 (17)
18 Rodolfo Gonzalez     Ocean Racing Technology  1:48.738 (28)
19 Armaan Ebrahim       Scuderia Coloni          1:48.857 (30)
20 Alexander Sims       ART Grand Prix           1:48.889 (27)
21 Jake Rosenzweig      Super Nova Racing        1:49.139 (30)
22 Kevin Ceccon         DPR                      1:49.549 (7)
23 Rio Haryanto         iSport International     1:49.715 (22)
24 Esteban Gutierrez    ART Grand Prix           1:50.670 (36)

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