NEWS

31/10/2012

Rossi tops Day 2 in Barcelona

Rossi tops Day 2 in Barcelona

Caterham Racing driver quickest in rain affected session

Day two of the first post-season test session opened this morning at Circuit de Catalunya on a very wet track with rain pouring down incessantly. It took a while before the first drivers braved the tricky conditions in order to do their installation laps. Kevin Ceccon at Ocean was the first one to feed on to the track, but it was Sergio Canamasas at Lotus GP who set a first laptime albeit a pretty slow one compared to yesterday’s best time.

The minutes ticked away and the rain kept on coming down. Only a handful of drivers set a laptime. Jolyon Palmer at iSport broke under the 2min barrier ahead of Eddie Cheever Jr (Coloni) and Canamasas. Halfway through the session, Nigel Melker at Racing Engineering went top ahead of teammate Facundo Regalia, but the Argentinean improved and went quickest before the session was briefly halted after Rene Binder (Lazarus) spun and stopped at Turn 5.

The skies eventually took pity on the GP2 field and the rain stopped for the final hour of the session. Alexander Rossi at Caterham took control of the timesheet ahead of Daniel Juncadella at Rapax and returnee Pal Varhaug at iSport. On a drying track, the laptimes slowly improved, but the session was red flagged twice as rookie Sergei Sirotkin (DAMS) lost control of his car at Turn 4 and as Rene Binder also spun and stopped at Turn 6. At the chequered flag, Regalia was leading Canamasas, Rossi, Melker, Daniel De Jong, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Varhaug, Arthur Pic, Juncadella and Stefano Coletti.

After a one hour lunch break, the cars were back in action on a less damp track. Coletti, De Jong and Cheever Jr were the first ones out. Laptimes dropped as the track dried out and Canamasas set the early pace but was soon bettered by iSport duo, Varhaug ahead of Palmer. The session was interrupted after the Norwegian and Pic both went wide and stopped in the gravel bed.

At the restart, the sun came out and hopes to use the slick tyres arose. Melker went quickest ahead of both Trident cars, but Coletti improved and claimed the top spot just before another red flag halted the proceedings after Rene Binder spun and stopped at Turn 7. The track went live again and Rossi dipped under 1m32s and went top ahead of rookie Daniel Abt.

Another two red flags interrupted the session: Juncadella first went wide at turn 4. Soon after the restart, it was Lucas Foresti who lost control of his Caterham car also at turn 4. With 30 minutes left on the clock, the proceedings got going again and most drivers hoped to get the most out of their new sets of tyres. Quaife-Hobbs found some extra pace amid traffic to slip into P2. A final red flag concluded the day courtesy of Varhaug who crashed into the barrier at turn 4.

Rossi finished on top ahead of Quaife-Hobbs, Melker, Trummer, Abt, Coletti, Rio Haryanto, Canamasas, Juncadella and Kevin Giovesi. The GP2 paddock will gather in three weeks time in Jerez for the second and final post-season test session of 2012.

Morning results
 

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Facundo Regalia

Racing Engineering

1:51.799

21

2.

Sergio Canamasas

Lotus Gp

1:52.023

21

3.

Alexander Rossi

Caterham Racing

1:52.118

13

4.

Nigel Melker

Racing Engineering

1:52.179

17

5.

Daniel De Jong

Scuderia Coloni

1:52.469

13

6.

Adrian Quaife Hobbs

Barwa Addax Team

1:52.529

12

7.

Pal Varhaug

iSport International

1:52.536

17

8.

Arthur Pic

DAMS

1:52.566

18

9.

Daniel Juncadella

Rapax

1:52.648

16

10.

Stefano Coletti

Rapax

1:52.934

8

11.

Jake Rosenzweig

Barwa Addax Team

1:53.108

12

12.

Jolyon Palmer

iSport International

1:53.196

25

13.

Rio Haryanto

Carlin

1:53.653

8

14.

Felipe Nasr

Carlin

1:53.776

9

15.

Lucas Foresti

Caterham Racing

1:53.844

13

16.

Sergey Sirotkin

DAMS

1:53.890

16

17.

Kevin Giovesi

Venezuela GP Lazarus

1:53.892

13

18.

Rene Binder

Venezuela GP Lazarus

1:54.042

12

19.

Stéphane Richelmi

Trident Racing

1:54.096

16

20.

Simon Trummer

Arden International

1:54.546

12

21.

Eddie Cheever Jr

Scuderia Coloni

1:54.604

23

22.

Julian Leal

Trident Racing

1:54.909

9

23.

Mitch Evans

Arden International

1:56.843

16

24.

Daniel Abt

Lotus GP

2:00.783

8

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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Afternoon results

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Alexander Rossi

Caterham Racing

1:31.173

26

2.

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs

Barwa Addax Team

1:31.552

19

3.

Nigel Melker

Racing Engineering

1:31.583

28

4.

Simon Trummer

Arden International

1:31.667

43

5.

Daniel Abt

Lotus GP

1:31.763

30

6.

Stefano Coletti

Rapax

1:31.773

28

7.

Rio Haryanto

Carlin

1:31.822

29

8.

Sergio Canamasas

Lotus GP

1:31.876

35

9.

Daniel Juncadella

Rapax

1:31.883

24

10.

Kevin Giovesi

Venezuela GP Lazarus

1:31.896

30

11.

Daniel De Jong

Scuderia Coloni

1:32.027

31

12.

Mitch Evans

Arden International

1:32.035

28

13.

Jolyon Palmer

iSport International

1:32.036

38

14.

Pal Varhaug

iSport International

1:32.039

25

15.

Jake Rosenzweig

Barwa Addax Team

1:32.040

32

16.

Stéphane Richelmi

Trident Racing

1:32.236

42

17.

Felipe Nasr

Carlin

1:32.243

38

18.

Facundo Regalia

Racing Engineering

1:32.337

26

19.

Arthur Pic

DAMS

1:32.438

38

20.

Rene Binder

Venezuela GP Lazarus

1:32.492

29

21.

Julian Leal

Trident Racing

1:32.770

35

22.

Eddie Cheever

Scuderia Coloni

1:32.781

30

23.

Sergey Sirotkin

DAMS

1:32.907

28

24.

Lucas Foresti

Caterham Racing

1:33.840

34

25.

Luca Filippi

Scuderia Coloni

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26.

Kevin Ceccon

Ocean Racing Technology

--

 

27.

Ramon Pineiro

Ocean Racing Technology

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