Abu Dhabi GP2 test: Jolyon Palmer quickest on day one

Jolyon Palmer set the pace on the first day of GP2 2014 pre-season testing in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP2 test: Jolyon Palmer quickest on day one

The Briton, who switched from Carlin to DAMS for a shot at this year's title, worked his way down to a 1m49.126s in the final hour of the day.

That left him just one tenth of a second clear of Mitch Evans, who will drive for 2013 teams' champion Russian Time this season.

Palmer's team-mate Stephane Richelmi finished half a second down the road, in third overall.

Daniel Abt, driving for Force India junior team Hilmer, wound up fourth, just ahead of Formula Renault 3.5 convert and McLaren protege Stoffel Vandoorne.

GP2 race winners Johnny Cecotto and Stefano Coletti sandwiched Felipe Nasr in the fight for sixth, with Coletti the last man to break the 1m50s barrier on day one.

Rio Haryanto led Caterham stable-mate Alexander Rossi in the morning session, but the pair both dropped down the order as conditions improved in the afternoon.

Rossi wound up ninth overall, while Haryanto was 13th, fractions ahead of last year's European Formula 3 champion Raffaele Marciello.

Four red flags - for Artem Markelov, Facu Regalia, Julian Leal and Axcil Jefferies - punctured the day.

Morning times Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Rio Haryanto Caterham 1m50.862s 13 2. Alexander Rossi Caterham 1m51.135s 12 3. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1m51.232s 11 4. Stephane Richelmi DAMS 1m51.479s 11 5. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1m51.590s 16 6. Johnny Cecotto Trident 1m51.599s 9 7. Julian Leal Carlin 1m51.609s 12 8. Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1m51.765s 13 9. Rene Binder Arden 1m51.893s 9 10. Mitch Evans Russian Time 1m51.928s 17 11. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1m52.121s 10 12. Kimiya Sato Campos 1m52.179s 24 13. Daniel Abt Hilmer 1m52.259s 18 14. Facu Regalia Hilmer 1m52.398s 10 15. Nathanael Berthon Trident Racing 1m52.586s 12 16. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1m52.621s 16 17. Arthur Pic Campos 1m52.820s 23 18. Conor Daly Lazarus 1m53.022s 16 19. Simon Trummer Rapax 1m53.041s 8 20. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1m53.163s 10 21. Axcil Jefferies Trident 1m53.686s 20 22. Artem Markelov Russian Time 1m53.807s 12 23. Takuya Izawa ART 2m23.231s 27 24. Stoffel Vandoorne ART 2m23.750s 28 25. Andre Negrao Arden no time 0 26. Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport no time 0 Afternoon times Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1m49.126s 24 2. Mitch Evans Russian Time 1m49.292s 13 3. Stephane Richelmi DAMS 1m49.756s 28 4. Daniel Abt Hilmer 1m49.777s 22 5. Stoffel Vandoorne ART 1m49.790s 28 6. Johnny Cecotto Trident 1m49.892s 19 7. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1m49.896s 29 8. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1m49.963s 23 9. Alexander Rossi Caterham 1m50.018s 25 10. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1m50.204s 19 11. Takuya Izawa ART 1m50.219s 37 12. Andre Negrao Arden 1m50.241s 22 13. Rio Haryanto Caterham 1m50.256s 24 14. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1m50.261s 24 15. Daniel de Jong MP 1m50.265s 6 16. Facu Regalia Hilmer 1m50.289s 17 17. Jon Lancaster MP 1m50.434s 17 18. Rene Binder Arden 1m50.496s 23 19. Julian Leal Carlin 1m50.541s 27 20. Artem Markelov Russian Time 1m50.925s 21 21. Conor Daly Lazarus 1m50.933s 25 22. Nathanael Berthon Lazarus 1m51.026s 20 23. Simon Trummer Rapax 1m51.043s 23 24. Axcil Jefferies Trident  1m51.300s 29 25. Kimiya Sato Campos 1m51.331s 20 26. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1m51.437s 16 
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