Abu Dhabi GP2 test: Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly tops first day

Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly topped the first day of post-season GP2 testing at Yas Marina on Thursday

Abu Dhabi GP2 test: Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly tops first day

The Formula Renault 3.5 runner-up set the pace in the cooler evening session, edging out 2014 star rookie Stoffel Vandoorne to take top spot.

McLaren junior Vandoorne, who tested the Formula 1 team's Honda-powered car earlier in the week, was the pacesetter in the first session, being the first driver to dip under the 1m50s mark.

Gasly and Mitch Evans joined Vandoorne in the 1m49s before the end of the session, but the leading times tumbled when the cars took to the track again later in the day.

While Vandoorne initially continued to set the pace under the Abu Dhabi lights, Gasly beat his new benchmark three quarters of an hour into the second session.

Jordan King, Arthur Pic and Andre Negrao completed the top five, all setting a time within a tenth of a second of each other.

Evans - who also improved - ended the day sixth quickest, just ahead of Richie Stanaway and Rio Haryanto, driving for the Status GP outfit that has taken over Caterham's entry.

Morning session:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1m49.445s - 34
2 Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 1m49.824s 0.379s 21
3 Pierre Gasly DAMS 1m49.949s 0.504s 14
4 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1m50.044s 0.599s 28
5 Rio Haryanto Status Grand Prix 1m50.192s 0.747s 27
6 Julian Leal Carlin 1m50.240s 0.795s 20
7 Andre Negrao Arden International 1m50.336s 0.891s 21
8 Jazeman Jaafar Campos Racing 1m50.386s 0.941s 34
9 Esteban Ocon DAMS 1m50.410s 0.965s 13
10 Nicholas Latifi Racing Engineering 1m50.431s 0.986s 18
11 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1m50.461s 1.016s 20
12 Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1m50.476s 1.031s 27
13 Jordan King Arden International 1m50.592s 1.147s 20
14 Marvin Kirchhofer Hilmer Motorsport 1m50.903s 1.458s 20
15 Nathanael Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1m50.906s 1.461s 27
16 Emil Bernstorff Rapax 1m51.054s 1.609s 30
17 Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME 1m51.133s 1.688s 21
18 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 1m51.272s 1.827s 20
19 Sergio Campana Venezuela GP Lazarus 1m51.501s 2.056s 20
20 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1m51.554s 2.109s 11
21 Zoel Amberg Trident 1m51.630s 2.185s 26
22 Luis Jorge Sa Silva Carlin 1m51.777s 2.332s 23
23 Sandy Stuvik Rapax 1m52.035s 2.590s 24
24 Marlon Stockinger MP Motorsport 1m52.069s 2.624s 23
25 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m52.304s 2.859s 32

Afternoon session:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Pierre Gasly DAMS 1m48.948s - 27
2 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1m49.004s 0.056s 31
3 Jordan King Arden International 1m49.314s 0.366s 21
4 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1m49.383s 0.435s 21
5 Andre Negrao Arden International 1m49.396s 0.448s 21
6 Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 1m49.442s 0.494s 17
7 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 1m49.589s 0.641s 30
8 Rio Haryanto Status Grand Prix 1m49.689s 0.741s 28
9 Esteban Ocon DAMS 1m49.892s 0.944s 26
10 Nathanael Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1m49.941s 0.993s 23
11 Rene Binder Trident 1m50.016s 1.068s 15
12 Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1m50.084s 1.136s 29
13 Emil Bernstorff Rapax 1m50.118s 1.170s 31
14 Nicholas Latifi Racing Engineering 1m50.155s 1.207s 27
15 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1m50.263s 1.315s 13
16 Jazeman Jaafar Campos Racing 1m50.338s 1.390s 23
17 Koudai Tsukakoshi ART Grand Prix 1m50.352s 1.404s 31
18 Marvin Kirchhofer Hilmer Motorsport 1m50.372s 1.424s 27
19 Julian Leal Carlin 1m50.488s 1.540s 17
20 Zoel Amberg Trident 1m50.782s 1.834s 28
21 Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME 1m50.871s 1.923s 16
22 Sergio Campana Venezuela GP Lazarus 1m51.147s 2.199s 30
23 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 1m51.318s 2.370s 26
24 Sandy Stuvik Rapax 1m51.403s 2.455s 22
25 Marlon Stockinger MP Motorsport 1m51.420s 2.472s 17
26 Luis Jorge Sa Silva Carlin 1m51.529s 2.581s 27


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