GP2 testing: Norman Nato fastest for Racing Engineering at Jerez

Racing Engineering's Norman Nato was quickest on the opening day of the final GP2 pre-season test at Jerez

GP2 testing: Norman Nato fastest for Racing Engineering at Jerez

Nato set a quickest time of 1m25.811s ahead of Pierre Gasly and his team-mate Jordan King.

The drivers only had half an hour of proper running in the morning after foggy conditions brought out the red flag due to poor visibility.

Once the action picked up, Raffaele Marciello set the early pace before King managed to pull out a quicker lap as the track improved.

Nato and Gasly also improved in the final minutes of the session, both dipping under 1m26s to lead the times at lunch.

Alex Lynn was fourth quickest, while F3 graduate Antonio Giovinazzi rounded out the top five ahead of experienced drivers Mitch Evans and Sergey Sirotkin.

Gasly was quickest in the slower afternoon part of the session, setting a 1m26.375s ahead of Lynn and Nato.

Lynn led for most for most of the session from Nicholas Latifi before Jimmy Eriksson brought out the red flag an hour into the session after taking a trip through the gravel at Turn 1 and clipping the barrier.

Once the session resumed Giovinazzi improved his time to go fourth fastest, ahead of King and GP3 runner up Luca Ghiotto who was five tenths off the pace in sixth.

MORNING TIMES

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 1m25.811s - 14
2 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 1m25.961s 0.150s 10
3 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1m26.124s 0.313s 15
4 Alex Lynn DAMS 1m26.280s 0.469s 8
5 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 1m26.322s 0.511s 10
6 Mitch Evans Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing 1m26.350s 0.539s 18
7 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 1m26.405s 0.594s 15
8 Arthur Pic Rapax 1m26.650s 0.839s 15
9 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 1m26.674s 0.863s 7
10 Gustav Malja Rapax 1m26.706s 0.895s 17
11 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 1m26.762s 0.951s 12
12 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1m26.805s 0.994s 9
13 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 1m26.888s 1.077s 15
14 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 1m26.928s 1.117s 15
15 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m27.065s 1.254s 13
16 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m27.273s 1.462s 18
17 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing 1m27.421s 1.610s 15
18 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m27.657s 1.846s 13
19 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 1m28.193s 2.382s 16
20 Philo Paz Armand Trident 1m28.744s 2.933s 15
21 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m35.360s 9.549s 4

AFTERNOON TIMES

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 1m26.375s - 29
2 Alex Lynn DAMS 1m26.442s 0.067s 43
3 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 1m26.558s 0.183s 31
4 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 1m26.566s 0.191s 19
5 Jordan King Racing Engineering 1m26.617s 0.242s 34
6 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m26.855s 0.480s 18
7 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 1m26.883s 0.508s 29
8 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 1m26.989s 0.614s 21
9 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 1m27.101s 0.726s 18
10 Arthur Pic Rapax 1m27.112s 0.737s 28
11 Gustav Malja Rapax 1m27.151s 0.776s 21
12 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1m27.154s 0.779s 46
13 Mitch Evans Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing 1m27.222s 0.847s 34
14 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 1m27.224s 0.849s 41
15 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 1m27.275s 0.900s 18
16 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 1m27.487s 1.112s 24
17 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1m27.734s 1.359s 13
18 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing 1m27.824s 1.449s 34
19 Philo Paz Armand Trident 1m27.838s 1.463s 28
20 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 1m27.846s 1.471s 28
21 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 1m28.352s 1.977s 8

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