GP2 »

Gutierrez ends pre-season testing on top

Esteban Gutiérrez gave Lotus GP the perfect end to GP2 pre-season testing, posting the fastest time for the second consecutive day in Barcelona.
GP2's pre-season testing came to a close with the final day of a three-day test session at the Circuit de Catalunya just north of Barcelona in Spain.

As he had done on Wednesday, Lotus GP's Esteban Gutiérrez set the fastest time of the day with a lap of 1:29.154s in the morning session, 0.164s ahead of chief rival Davide Valsecchi, who had claimed the top spot for DAMS on all three days at Jerez the previous week.

The day started once more sunny and cold, with Rio Haryanto going top early on for Carlin, sooner bettered by Nigel Melker in the Ocean Racing car and then Fabrizio Crestani becoming the first man under 1:30s in the new Venezuela GP Lazarus car.

That was all before an early red flag caused by Fabio Onidi running wide at turn 4 and stopping in the gravel. There was a second red flag shortly afterwards when Simon Trummer stopped out at turn 10.

Lotus GP's James Calado went top once the track went green until Rapax driver Tom Dillmann faster still. But it was Calado's team mate Gutiérrez who finally set the fastest time of the morning about an hour before the end of the morning activity, and in the final minutes there was a third red flag triggered by Johnny Cecotto Jr. spinning off.

Testing resumed after the lunch hour, with teams sticking to a program of race simulations with long runs and practice pitstops. Dillmann's early lap of 1:29.705s proved the best time of the afternoon session, two tenths ahead of Scuderia Coloni's Stefano Coletti.

There were another trio of red flags in the afternoon, the first coming out for Simon Trummer running off the track on cold tyres and into the barrier on his out lap, which meant he played no further part in the last test before the season opener in Malaysia.

Julian Leal caused another red flag when his Trident car stopped out on track, and Felipe Nasr briefly halted proceedings when his DAMS came to a halt shortly afterwards, but the British Formula 3 champion still put himself into fourth place in the afternoon timings with a late lap of 1:30.740s, just behind Fabrizio Crestani who was continuing to impress.

The chequered flag then came out, leaving the teams packing up their cars and equipment in order for them to be freighted to the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, where the first GP2 weekend will take place in just 14 days time on March 23-25 as a support event to the F1 Grand Prix of Malaysia.

Full day 3 test times available.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Simon Trummer (SUI, Arden International) during day 3 of testing at Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 8th March 2012. [World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) during day 3 of testing at Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 8th March 2012. [World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Tom Dillmann (FRA, Rapax) during day 3 of testing at Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 8th March 2012. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Tom Dillmann (FRA, Rapax) during day 3 of testing at Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 8th March 2012. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Esteban Gutierrez (MEX, Lotus GP) during day 3 of testing at Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 8th March 2012. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Tom Dillmann (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Friday 22 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Tom Dillmann (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Friday 22 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) celebrates his win on the podium with Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin), takes the chequered flag at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Daniel Abt (GER, Hilmer Motorsport), leads Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) & Artem Markelov (RUS, RT RUSSIAN TIME) at the start at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) battle for the lead at the start at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin), Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Trident) & Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin), takes the chequered flag at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) celebrates his win in Parc Fermeat Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Jed Leicester/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) celebrates his win on the podium at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) celebrates his win on the podium with Richie Stanaway (NZL, Status Grand Prix) and Alex Fontana, (SUI, ART Grand Prix) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Jed Leicester/GP3 Series Media Service.)

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.