Abu Dhabi GP2 practice: Red Bull's Gasly leads McLaren's Vandoorne

Red Bull protege Pierre Gasly topped the timesheets in GP2 practice in Abu Dhabi, edging out champion Stoffel Vandoorne

Abu Dhabi GP2 practice: Red Bull's Gasly leads McLaren's Vandoorne

DAMS driver Gasly, who has taken pole position in two of the last three rounds, set the pace on his opening lap and was never troubled for top spot.

McLaren Formula 1 reserve driver Vandoorne finished the session 0.134 seconds adrift of the Frenchman, ahead of his final GP2 qualifying outing.

Vandoorne, who is aiming to set the record for most GP2 wins this weekend with 11, set the fastest time in all three sectors but couldn't combine them into one lap.

His ART Grand Prix team-mate Nobuharu Matsushita was third, and the only other driver to set a time in the 1m49s.

Alexander Rossi ended the session fourth, despite having a moment out of the final turn halfway through the session.

Williams F1 development driver Alex Lynn was fifth, ahead of last week's Bahrain sprint race winner Mitch Evans and Racing Engineering's Jordan King.

Ferrari junior Raffaele Marciello was more than a second off Gasly's pace in eighth, with Norman Nato and Arthur Pic ninth and tenth respectively.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Pierre Gasly DAMS 1m49.349s - 19
2 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1m49.483s 0.134s 19
3 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m49.860s 0.511s 19
4 Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 1m50.021s 0.672s 15
5 Alex Lynn DAMS 1m50.056s 0.707s 19
6 Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 1m50.270s 0.921s 17
7 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1m50.288s 0.939s 18
8 Raffaele Marciello Trident 1m50.390s 1.041s 20
9 Norman Nato Arden International 1m50.521s 1.172s 15
10 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1m50.631s 1.282s 19
11 Andre Negrao Arden International 1m50.680s 1.331s 18
12 Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 1m50.795s 1.446s 17
13 Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 1m50.825s 1.476s 19
14 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m51.048s 1.699s 16
15 Sergio Canamasas Daiko Team Lazarus 1m51.057s 1.708s 18
16 Dean Stoneman Carlin 1m51.070s 1.721s 18
17 Rene Binder MP Motorsport 1m51.094s 1.745s 18
18 Nicholas Latifi MP Motorsport 1m51.110s 1.761s 18
19 Oliver Rowland Status Grand Prix 1m51.158s 1.809s 17
20 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1m51.504s 2.155s 18
21 Daniel de Jong Trident 1m52.107s 2.758s 17
22 Gustav Malja Rapax 1m52.873s 3.524s 18
23 Sean Gelael Carlin 1m53.403s 4.054s 18
24 Nathanael Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 1m53.876s 4.527s 5


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