NEWS

30/10/2012

Filippi sets the pace in Barcelona

Filippi sets the pace in Barcelona

Scuderia Coloni veteran quickest in Day 1 of post season test

The thirteen GP2 Series teams are back on track at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona this week for a two-day post-season test session. Many new faces joined the field as some familiar names switched to different teams.

The morning session opened in cloudy and cold conditions. The first hour was rather quiet and mainly used for installation laps as newcomers got to grips with their new machines and teams waited for the temperatures to rise. It was rookie Kevin Giovesi at Venezuela GP Lazarus who first set a laptime in the opening thirty minutes of the session, but he was soon bettered by Daniel De Jong at Scuderia Coloni.

As drivers started on their first runs, Stéphane Richelmi at Lotus GP went top, but it was only temporary. Luca Filippi set the quickest laptime, 0.03s faster than the Monegasque driver, before spinning and stopping his Scuderia Coloni car at Turn 5. The session was shortly red flagged in order to retrieve the Italian’s car.

Halfway through the session, Marcus Ericsson at Trident Racing moved up to P2 and in the final hour, Filippi went under the 1m30s barrier, three tenths quicker than the Swede. In the closing stages, De Jong found some extra pace to move up to P2 ahead of Nigel Melker (DAMS), Ericsson, Richelmi, Rio Haryanto (Carlin), Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Addax), Stefano Coletti (Rapax), Mitch Evans (Arden) and Jake Rosenzweig (Addax).

The afternoon session opened yet again under grey skies and cool temperatures. Both Rapax cars and Felipe Nasr (Carlin) were the first ones to feed onto the track. The Brazilian set the early pace ahead of Coletti, but it was Daniel Juncadella who took control of the timesheets after thirty minutes ahead of teammate Coletti and Giovesi. The standings remained unchanged until De Jong moved up to P1, a mere 0.004s ahead of Juncadella. The Dutch improved on his best time, further increasing the gap to his closest rivals. Ericsson moved up to P2 just before Rene Binder spun and stopped at Turn 5 bringing out a quick red flag.

In the closing stages, rookie Arthur Pic lost control of his DAMS car and went off at Turn 12 interrupting the session again and it was restarted with five minutes left on the clock. At the chequered flag, De Jong remained top ahead of Ericsson, Juncadella, Coletti, Alexander Rossi (Caterham), Richelmi, Quaife-Hobbs, Evans, Rosenzweig and Giovesi.

Tomorrow’s session will start at 9am local time.

The results are currently under investigation.

Morning results

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Luca Filippi

Scuderia Coloni

1:29.775

17

2.

Daniel De Jong

Scuderia Coloni

1:30.115

23

3.

Nigel Melker

DAMS

1:30.315

24

4.

Marcus Ericsson

Trident Racing

1:30.356

26

5.

Stéphane Richelmi

Lotus GP

1:30.368

28

6.

Rio Haryanto

Carlin

1:30.479

28

7.

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs

Barwa Addax Team

1:30.494

26

8.

Stefano Coletti

Rapax

1:30.516

19

9.

Mitch Evans

Arden international

1:30.566

22

10.

Jake Rosenzweig

Barwa Addax Team

1:30.625

23

11.

Simon Trummer

Arden International

1:30.692

20

12.

Andre Negrao

Racing Engineering

1:30.710

25

13.

Felipe Nasr

Carlin

1:30.710

26

14.

Alexander Rossi

Caterham Racing

1:30.805

23

15.

Daniel Abt

Lotus GP

1:31.008

32

16.

Daniel Juncadella

Rapax

1:31.183

29

17.

Pal Varhaug

iSport International

1:31.326

29

18.

Kevin Giovesi

Venezuela GP Lazarus

1:31.355

26

19.

Julian Leal

Trident Racing

1:31.618

22

20.

Rene Binder

Venezuela GP Lazarus

1:31.681

24

21.

Lucas Foresti

Caterham Racing

1:31.840

22

22.

Arthur Pic

DAMS

1:31.842

21

23.

Facundo Regalia

iSport International

1:31.927

25

24.

Gianmarco Raimondo

Racing Engineering

1:32.524

31

25.

Riccardo Agostini

Scuderia Coloni

1:32.524

14

26.

Kevin Ceccon

Ocean Racing Technology

1:33.082

 

27.

Ramon Pineiro

Ocean Racing Technology

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Afternoon results

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Daniel De Jong

Scuderia Coloni

1:30.408

21

2.

Marcus Ericsson

Trident Racing

1:30.567

28

3.

Daniel Juncadella

Rapax

1:30.740

41

4.

Stefano Coletti

Rapax

1:30.747

23

5.

Alexander Rossi

Caterham Racing

1:30.865

37

6.

Stéphane Richelmi

Lotus GP

1:30.886

27

7.

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs

Barwa Addax Team

1:30.941

36

8.

Mitch Evans

Arden International

1:30.973

42

9.

Jake Rosenzweig

Barwa Addax Team

1:31.043

36

10.

Kevin Giovesi

Venezuela GP Lazarus

1:31.067

32

11.

Nigel Melker

DAMS

1:31.101

27

12.

Simon Trummer

Arden International

1:31.243

40

13.

Lucas Foresti

Caterham Racing

1:31.371

33

14.

Andre Negrao

Racing Engineering

1:31.382

30

15.

Pal Varhaug

iSport International

1:31.394

31

16.

Arthur Pic

DAMS

1:31.407

20

17.

Riccardo Agostini

Scuderia Coloni

1:31.413

33

18.

Daniel Abt

Lotus GP

1:31.477

39

19.

Gianmarco Raimondo

Racing Engineering

1:31.579

30

20.

Julian Leal

Trident Racing

1:31.649

39

21.

Felipe Nasr

Carlin

1:31.708

36

22.

Rene Binder

Venezuela GP Lazarus

1:31.771

29

23.

Facundo Regalia

iSport International

1:31.771

35

24.

Rio Haryanto

Carlin

1:33.897

22

25.

Luca Filippi

Scuderia Coloni

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26.

Kevin Ceccon

Ocean Racing Technology

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27.

Ramon Pineiro

Ocean Racing Technology

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