Hanley leads first test with new car

Ben Hanley topped the first day of testing with the latest-spec GP2 car at Paul Ricard today

Hanley leads first test with new car

The British GP2 rookie was seventh-quickest in the morning session but improved his time by one and a half seconds to finish on top at the end of the day.

Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado had set the quickest time of the afternoon session, but his Piquet Sports car was excluded due to a minor technical infringement in the set-up of the rear wing.

GP2 returnees Andi Zuber, Mike Conway, and Bruno Senna were classified second, third, and fourth, all within a tenth of a second of each other.

The new car made its debut with no major concerns over reliability. Few drivers completed more than 60 laps during the six hours of running during the day, but most of the time was spent fine-tuning set-ups.

The test concludes with another day of running tomorrow.

Thursday's testing times:

Pos Driver Team Time 1. Ben Hanley Campos Grand Prix 1:12.652 2. Andreas Zuber Piquet Sports 1:12.729 3. Mike Conway Trident Racing 1:12.757 4. Bruno Senna iSport International 1:12.794 5. Javier Villa Racing Engineering 1:12.859 6. Adrian Valles Fisichella Motor Sport 1:12.880 7. Davide Valsecchi Durango 1:12.914 8. Kamui Kobayashi DAMS 1:12.925 9. Vitaly Petrov Campos Grand Prix 1:12.926 10. Giorgio Pantano Racing Engineering 1:13.188 11. Andy Soucek Fisichella Motor Sport 1:13.293 12. Christian Bakkerud Super Nova International 1:13.457 13. Sebastien Buemi Arden International 1:13.479 14. Ronain Grosjean ART Grand Prix 1:13.487 15. Karun Chandhok iSport International 1:13.549 16. Alvaro Parente Super Nova International 1:13.563 17. Paolo Nocera BCN Competicion 1:13.733 18. Milos Pavlovic BCN Competicion 1:13.782 19. Michael Herck DPR 1:13.841 20. Diego Nunes DPR 1:13.960 21. Alberto Valerio Durango 1:13.964 22. Yelmer Buurman Arden International 1:14.147 23. Luca Filippi ART Grand Prix 1:14.179 24. Jerome d'Ambrosio DAMS 1:14.226 25. Ho Pin Tung Trident Racing 1:14.375 26. Pastor Maldonado Piquet Sports 1:14.834 
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