After a mid-session pause, finally there was a sufficiently dry line forming to allow Dillmann to go out on slick tyres and immediately et a new target time of 1:33.358s, a full nine seconds better than anyone had managed before. Trident's Robin Frijns took the hint and took off a further second soon afterwards, and over the next 30 minutes later it was Rapax's Stefano Coletti and then MP Motorsports' Daniël de Jong who were able to bring the time down in half second chunks to 1:30.558s with an hour remaining of the day's track availability.
Fabio Leimer had a brief turn on top before Frijns and Nasr finally became the first drivers in 2013 to break the 90s laptime mark with 20 minutes remaining in the session. They were both trumped by Coletti's final run which posted a time of 1:29.868s which proved to be the best of the day 15 minutes before the chequered flag ended the session.
Testing will resume on Wednesday morning at 9am local time, but more rain is expected to hit the GP2 teams' preparations for the start of the 2013 season.
See full Tuesday test times
Barcelona test line-up
- Marcus Ericsson, Stéphane Richelmi
ART GP (formerly Lotus GP)
- James Calado, Daniel Abt
- Johnny Cecotto Jr., Mitch Evans
- Julian Leal, Fabio Leimer
- Felipe Nasr, Jolyon Palmer
- Luciano Bacheta *, Tom Dillmann *
- Sergio Canamasas *, Ma Qing Hua
- Jake Rosenzweig, Rio Haryanto
- Stefano Coletti, Simon Trummer
- Robin Frijns *, Rodolfo Gonzalez *
- Conor Daly *, Pal Varhaug *,
Venezuela GP Lazarus
- Rene Binder, Kevin Giovesi *
- Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Daniël de Jong
* denotes currently only confirmed for Barcelona test