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Luca Filippi fastest on opening day of GP2 testing at Barcelona

Luca Filippi Luca Filippi was fastest in GP2's first post-season test at Barcelona on Tuesday.

The seven-time race-winner only took part in the morning session before handing his Coloni car over to Italian Formula 3 champion Riccardo Agostini.

Coloni, which will not participate in GP2 in 2013, dominated most of the day, with Daniel de Jong second fastest behind team-mate Filippi in the morning and then quickest of all in the afternoon.

It was not a flawless day for the squad, though, as Filippi caused a red flag by spinning and stalling at Turn 5 just after topping the times.

The morning top five was completed by three 2012 GP2 drivers trying out different teams, with Nigel Melker third for champion squad DAMS, long-time iSport man Marcus Ericsson fourth for Trident, and Stephane Richelmi having a run with Lotus in fifth.

Ericsson was second behind de Jong in the afternoon, with European Formula 3 and F3 Euro Series champion Daniel Juncadella next up for Rapax.

Juncadella was just ahead of Stefano Coletti, who has already signed a 2013 Rapax deal.

Caterham protege Alexander Rossi was fifth for the Formula 1 squad's GP2 arm.

In addition to Juncadella, other junior single-seater luminaries trying GP2 at the test included Auto GP champion Adrian Quaife-Hobbs with Rapax, plus GP3 champion Mitch Evans and title rival Daniel Abt, who stayed with their respective Arden and Lotus squads.

Morning session:

Pos  Driver               Team                Time       Gap
 1.  Luca Filippi         Coloni              1m29.775s
 2.  Daniel de Jong       Coloni              1m30.115s  + 0.340s
 3.  Nigel Melker         DAMS                1m30.315s  + 0.540s
 4.  Marcus Ericsson      Trident             1m30.356s  + 0.581s
 5.  Stephane Richelmi    Lotus               1m30.368s  + 0.593s
 6.  Rio Haryanto         Carlin              1m30.479s  + 0.704s
 7.  Adrian Quaife-Hobbs  Addax               1m30.494s  + 0.719s
 8.  Stefano Coletti      Rapax               1m30.516s  + 0.741s
 9.  Mitch Evans          Arden               1m30.566s  + 0.791s
10.  Jake Rosenzweig      Addax               1m30.625s  + 0.850s
11.  Simon Trummer        Arden               1m30.692s  + 0.917s
12.  Andre Negrao         Racing Engineering  1m30.710s  + 0.935s
13.  Felipe Nasr          Carlin              1m30.710s  + 0.935s
14.  Alexander Rossi      Caterham            1m30.805s  + 1.030s
15.  Daniel Abt           Lotus               1m31.008s  + 1.233s
16.  Daniel Juncadella    Rapax               1m31.183s  + 1.408s
17.  Pal Varhaug          iSport              1m31.326s  + 1.551s
18.  Kevin Giovesi        Lazarus             1m31.355s  + 1.580s
19.  Julian Leal          Trident             1m31.618s  + 1.843s
20.  Rene Binder          Lazarus             1m31.681s  + 1.906s
21.  Lucas Foresti        Caterham            1m31.840s  + 2.065s
22.  Arthur Pic           DAMS                1m31.842s  + 2.067s
23.  Facundo Regalia      iSport              1m31.927s  + 2.152s
24.  Gianmarco Raimondo   Racing Engineering  1m32.524s  + 2.749s
25.  Riccardo Agostini    Coloni              1m32.524s  + 2.749s
26.  Kevin Ceccon         Ocean               1m33.082s  + 3.307s

Afternoon session:

Pos  Driver               Team                Time       Gap
 1.  Daniel de Jong       Coloni              1m30.408s
 2.  Marcus Ericsson      Trident             1m30.567s  + 0.159s
 3.  Daniel Juncadella    Rapax               1m30.740s  + 0.332s
 4.  Stefano Coletti      Rapax               1m30.747s  + 0.339s
 5.  Alexander Rossi      Caterham            1m30.865s  + 0.457s
 6.  Stephane Richelmi    Lotus               1m30.886s  + 0.478s
 7.  Adrian Quaife-Hobbs  Addax               1m30.941s  + 0.533s
 8.  Mitch Evans          Arden               1m30.973s  + 0.565s
 9.  Jake Rosenzweig      Addax               1m31.043s  + 0.635s
10.  Kevin Giovesi        Lazarus             1m31.067s  + 0.659s
11.  Nigel Melker         DAMS                1m31.101s  + 0.693s
12.  Simon Trummer        Arden               1m31.243s  + 0.835s
13.  Lucas Foresti        Caterham            1m31.371s  + 0.963s
14.  Andre Negrao         Racing Engineering  1m31.382s  + 0.974s
15.  Pal Varhaug          iSport              1m31.394s  + 0.986s
16.  Arthur Pic           DAMS                1m31.407s  + 0.999s
17.  Riccardo Agostini    Coloni              1m31.413s  + 1.005s
18.  Daniel Abt           Lotus               1m31.477s  + 1.069s
19.  Gianmarco Raimondo   Racing Engineering  1m31.579s  + 1.171s
20.  Julian Leal          Trident             1m31.649s  + 1.241s
21.  Felipe Nasr          Carlin              1m31.708s  + 1.300s
22.  Rene Binder          Lazarus             1m31.771s  + 1.363s
23.  Facundo Regalia      iSport              1m31.771s  + 1.363s
24.  Rio Haryanto         Carlin              1m33.897s  + 3.489s
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