Jakes leads Abu Dhabi GP2 test
|By Matt Beer||Tuesday, November 23rd 2010, 14:29 GMT|
James Jakes was quickest on the first day of this week's GP2 test at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina track.
The 23-year-old Briton stayed with the Coloni team with which he had contested the season finale at the same venue, and led the way with a late 1m47.790s lap in the afternoon. He will try out Racing Engineering's car tomorrow.
Jakes, who has raced in GP2 Asia for two years but had not entered the main series until his recent outing, had earlier been second in the morning session behind Michael Herck - who is having a final appearance with family team DPR (which does not have a 2011 entry) this week before joining Coloni next season.
GP3 champion Esteban Gutierrez took second for ART in the second session, ahead of Charles Pic, who switched from Arden to Addax for the test.
Other GP2 regulars trying out different teams included Rodolfo Gonzalez (moving from Arden to Racing Engineering), Josef Kral (Super Nova to Addax), Sam Bird (ART to Ocean) and Fabio Leimer (Ocean to Rapax).
GP3 runner-up Robert Wickens was fifth-fastest for iSport, ahead of series returnee Stefano Coletti, who has signed with Trident for 2011 after a year of GP3, Formula Renault 3.5 and Auto GP.
Italian Formula 3 frontrunner Andrea Caldarelli made his GP2 debut with Racing Engineering and took fourth in the morning and ninth in the afternoon.
Formula 2 runner-up Jolyon Palmer is eyeing GP2 for next year and is running with iSport today. He was 11th-quickest in session two.
Another newcomer to impress was GP3 and F3 Euro Series driver Roberto Merhi, who was ninth in the morning with Arden.
Current champion team Rapax had a quiet day, with Leimer and former F2 driver Armaan Ebrahim both in the lower half of the times with its cars.
The test resumes tomorrow, when today's pacesetter Coloni will run long-time GP2 driver Luca Filippi. Other notable moves for day two include Bird switching to DAMS and FR3.5 race-winner Nathanael Berthon - who was driving for DAMS today - in action with ART, which today ran former Le Mans Series champion Jan Charouz alongside Gutierrez.
Morning session: Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Michael Herck DPR 1m48.447s 28 2. James Jakes Coloni 1m48.530s + 0.083s 21 3. Robert Wickens iSport 1m48.761s + 0.314s 19 4. Andrea Caldarelli Racing Engineering 1m48.869s + 0.422s 25 5. Josef Kral Addax 1m48.889s + 0.442s 27 6. Esteban Gutierrez ART 1m48.955s + 0.508s 20 7. Sam Bird Ocean 1m49.106s + 0.659s 18 8. Stefano Coletti Trident 1m49.137s + 0.690s 15 9. Roberto Merhi Arden 1m49.164s + 0.717s 19 10. Rodolfo Gonzalez Racing Engineering 1m49.194s + 0.747s 25 11. Marcus Ericsson Super Nova 1m49.217s + 0.770s 19 12. Charles Pic Addax 1m49.288s + 0.841s 13 13. Jolyon Palmer iSport 1m49.764s + 1.317s 25 14. Jan Charouz ART 1m49.970s + 1.523s 27 15. Kevin Ceccon Coloni 1m49.981s + 1.534s 30 16. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1m50.112s + 1.665s 10 17. Nathanael Berthon DAMS 1m50.254s + 1.807s 25 18. Ivan Samarin DAMS 1m50.470s + 2.023s 30 19. Julian Leal Trident 1m50.684s + 2.237s 12 20. Nicolas Marroc Ocean 1m50.757s + 2.310s 25 21. Jake Rosenzweig Super Nova 1m51.440s + 2.993s 20 22. Simon Trummer Arden 1m51.593s + 3.146s 20 23. Armaan Ebrahim Rapax 1m53.914s + 5.467s 28 24. Camilo Zurcher DPR 2m33.817s 1 Afternoon session: Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. James Jakes Coloni 1m47.790s 19 2. Esteban Gutierrez ART 1m48.209s + 0.419s 27 3. Charles Pic Addax 1m48.302s + 0.512s 36 4. Rodolfo Gonzalez Racing Engineering 1m48.302s + 0.512s 20 5. Robert Wickens iSport 1m48.408s + 0.618s 20 6. Stefano Coletti Trident 1m48.413s + 0.623s 27 7. Josef Kral Addax 1m48.426s + 0.636s 24 8. Michael Herck DPR 1m48.555s + 0.765s 19 9. Andrea Caldarelli Racing Engineering 1m48.635s + 0.845s 26 10. Marcus Ericsson Super Nova 1m48.657s + 0.867s 16 11. Jolyon Palmer iSport 1m48.836s + 1.046s 21 12. Sam Bird Ocean 1m48.849s + 1.059s 19 13. Kevin Ceccon Coloni 1m48.870s + 1.080s 13 14. Roberto Merhi Arden 1m48.947s + 1.157s 27 15. Jan Charouz ART 1m49.575s + 1.785s 28 16. Nathanael Berthon DAMS 1m49.767s + 1.977s 31 17. Ivan Samarin DAMS 1m49.950s + 2.160s 25 18. Julian Leal Trident 1m50.050s + 2.260s 8 19. Simon Trummer Arden 1m50.056s + 2.266s 29 20. Nicolas Marroc Ocean 1m50.651s + 2.861s 15 21. Armaan Ebrahim Rapax 1m51.073s + 3.283s 23 22. Jake Rosenzweig Super Nova 1m51.419s + 3.629s 8 23. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1m51.605s + 3.815s 3 24. Camilo Zurcher DPR