Abu Dhabi GP2 testing: Raffaele Marciello fastest for Trident

Raffaele Marciello set the fastest time of the first day's post-season GP2 Series test at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP2 testing: Raffaele Marciello fastest for Trident

The session was ended slightly early after Russian Time's Artem Markelov stopped on track, meaning the Russian's 2016 team-mate Marciello's 1m48.937s for Trident set the pace.

The Italian went top early on in the session, and held his position through several earlier red flags after Sean Gelael ran out of fuel and stopped on track, and then a collision between Antonio Fuoco and Felix Serralles.

Late jumps up the timesheets from ART's Nobuharu Matsushita and DAMS driver Oliver Rowland secured second and third respectively.

The Honda protege had topped the morning session after setting a best time of 1m49.483s to pip Marciello and Markelov.

Nicholas Latifi was only ninth in the morning, but he rose to fourth in the afternoon, two spots behind his DAMS team-mate Rowland.

Rapax's GP2 returnee Johnny Cecotto Jr finished fifth, pipping rapidly improving GP3 champion Charles Leclerc. Leclerc was 14th for the now Ferrari red Prema Powerteam in the morning.

Manor Formula 1 development driver Jordan King was seventh for Russian Time ahead of team-mate Markelov.

Luca Ghiotto followed his morning's seventh fastest time with ninth in the afternoon, displacing Gelael and 2016 runenr-up Antonio Giovinazzi.

MORNING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m49.483s - 28
2 Raffaele Marciello Trident 1m49.767s 0.284s 7
3 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m49.892s 0.409s 19
4 Jordan King RUSSIAN TIME 1m50.272s 0.789s 18
5 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Rapax 1m50.411s 0.928s 12
6 Oliver Rowland DAMS 1m50.550s 1.067s 11
7 Luca Ghiotto Rapax 1m50.593s 1.110s 16
8 Sean Gelael Arden International 1m50.594s 1.111s 14
9 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m50.635s 1.152s 9
10 Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 1m50.763s 1.280s 18
11 Louis Deletraz Racing Engineering 1m50.922s 1.439s 21
12 Antonio Fuoco Prema Racing 1m50.940s 1.457s 31
13 Alex Palou Pertamina Campos Racing 1m50.942s 1.459s 20
14 Charles Leclerc Prema Racing 1m50.958s 1.475s 30
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Arden International 1m51.033s 1.550s 18
16 Egor Orudzhev Pertamina Campos Racing 1m51.050s 1.567s 25
17 Philo Paz Armand Trident 1m51.269s 1.786s 23
18 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1m51.277s 1.794s 27
19 Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport 1m51.509s 2.026s 23
20 Mahaveer Raghunathan Carlin 1m54.075s 4.592s 26
21 Felix Serralles Carlin 1m54.249s 4.766s 8
22 Salvatore De Plano MP Motorsport 1m58.844s 9.361s 23

AFTERNOON TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Raffaele Marciello Trident 1m48.937s - 23
2 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m49.107s 0.170s 19
3 Oliver Rowland DAMS 1m49.182s 0.245s 20
4 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m49.247s 0.310s 26
5 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Rapax 1m49.247s 0.310s 13
6 Charles Leclerc Prema Racing 1m49.265s 0.328s 30
7 Jordan King RUSSIAN TIME 1m49.348s 0.411s 19
8 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m49.426s 0.489s 24
9 Luca Ghiotto Rapax 1m49.467s 0.530s 20
10 Sean Gelael Arden International 1m49.709s 0.772s 28
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Arden International 1m49.813s 0.876s 27
12 Louis Deletraz Racing Engineering 1m49.854s 0.917s 28
13 Alex Palou Pertamina Campos Racing 1m49.870s 0.933s 33
14 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1m49.945s 1.008s 31
15 Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 1m49.947s 1.010s 23
16 Antonio Fuoco Prema Racing 1m50.046s 1.109s 27
17 Philo Paz Armand Trident 1m50.187s 1.250s 31
18 Egor Orudzhev Pertamina Campos Racing 1m50.582s 1.645s 30
19 Felix Serralles Carlin 1m51.656s 2.719s 26
20 Mahaveer Raghunathan Carlin 1m52.425s 3.488s 23
21 Salvatore De Plano MP Motorsport 1m55.584s 6.647s 22

DRIVER LINE-UPS SHUFFLE FOR DAY TWO

Day two on Thursday will have new faces in the field, with Prema's recent 2017 European Formula 3 signing Callum Ilott getting his first taste of GP2 at ART Grand Prix alongside Alexander Albon.

DTM driver Daniel Juncadella will join Campos Racing alongside Formula V8 3.5 frontrunner Egor Orudzhev.

GP3 race winner Nyck de Vries will work with Rapax and Cecotto, King moves to MP Motorsport and Ghiotto moves to Arden International.

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