Maldonado fastest again at Ricard

Pastor Maldonado continued with his domination of GP2 testing after topping the times for the third day in a row at Paul Ricard

Maldonado fastest again at Ricard

The Venezuelan, onboard the Rapax car, clocked a best lap of 1:09.784 in the afternoon session to complete a hat trick of fastest times as the first test of the 2010 season came to an end.

Rookie Jules Bianchi had another strong session in the ART car, the Frenchman finishing as second fastest after having led the way in the morning session. Ocean's Fabio Leimer was third quickest in an incident-filled afternoon.

A total of six red flags hindered the second session, the last one caused by a crash between Marcus Ericsson and Adrian Zaugg with 15 minutes left on the clock.

The second and final pre-season test kicks off at the Barcelona circuit in two weeks' time, before the start of the season there on 8 May.

Morning times

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Jules Bianchi ART Grand Prix 1.10.268 40 2. Sam Bird ART Grand Prix 1.10.323 45 3. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1.10.431 43 4. Pastor Maldonado Rapax 1.10.480 24 5. Marcus Ericsson Super Nova Racing 1.10.532 39 6. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1.10.559 45 7. Jerome D'Ambrosio Dams 1.10.661 47 8. Charles Pic Arden International 1.10.692 47 9. Sergio Perez Barwa Addax Team 1.10.705 35 10. Alberto Valerio Scuderia Coloni 1.10.714 49 11. Davide Valsecchi iSport International 1.10.725 35 12. Michael Herck DPR 1.10.867 45 13. Josef Kral Super Nova Racing 1.10.882 26 14. Giedo Van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1.10.890 30 15. Luiz Razia Rapax 1.10.899 29 16. Rodolfo Gonzalez Arden International 1.11.056 43 17. Johnny Cecotto Trident Racing 1.11.122 44 18. Max Chilton Ocean Racing Technology 1.11.274 44 19. Vladimir Arabadzhiev Scuderia Coloni 1.11.297 60 20. Giacomo Ricci DPR 1.11.443 13 21. Adrian Zaugg Trident Racing 1.11.526 24 22. Fabio Leimer Ocean Racing Technology 1.11.633 24 

Afternoon times

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Pastor Maldonado Rapax 1.09.784 36 2. Jules Bianchi ART Grand Prix 1.09.899 33 3. Fabio Leimer Ocean Racing 1.10.022 42 4. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1.10.033 45 5. Sam Bird ART Grand Prix 1.10.117 47 6. Josef Kral Super Nova Racing 1.10.143 45 7. Marcus Ericsson Super Nova Racing 1.10.205 42 8. Johnny Cecotto Trident Racing 1.10.256 45 9. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1.10.281 45 10. Giedo Van der Garde Barwa Addax 1.10.320 45 11. Charles Pic Arden International 1.10.330 44 12. Luiz Razia Rapax 1.10.331 41 13. Jerome D'Ambrosio Dams 1.10.347 43 14. Oliver Turvey iSport International 1.10.375 42 15. Adrian Zaugg Trident Racing 1.10.402 18 16. Davide Valsecchi iSport International 1.10.452 31 17. Max Chilton Ocean Racing 1.10.459 47 18. Michael Herck DPR 1.10.464 36 19. Alberto Valerio Scuderia Coloni 1.10.672 36 20. Rodolfo Gonzalez Arden International 1.10.710 48 21. Giacomo Ricci DPR 1.10.746 28 22. Sergio Perez Barwa Addax 1.10.775 39 23. Vladimir Arabadzhiev Scuderia Coloni 1.11.062 50 24. Ho-Pin Tung Dams 1.11.106 37 
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