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Coletti on top once Barcelona dries off

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

DAMS - Marcus Ericsson, Stéphane Richelmi
ART GP (formerly Lotus GP) - James Calado, Daniel Abt
Arden - Johnny Cecotto Jr., Mitch Evans
Racing Engineering - Julian Leal, Fabio Leimer
Carlin - Felipe Nasr, Jolyon Palmer
Russian Time - Luciano Bacheta *, Tom Dillmann *
Caterham Racing - Sergio Canamasas *, Ma Qing Hua
Barwa Addx - Jake Rosenzweig, Rio Haryanto
Rapax - Stefano Coletti, Simon Trummer
Trident Racing - Robin Frijns *, Rodolfo Gonzalez *
Hilmer Motorport - Conor Daly *, Pal Varhaug *,
Venezuela GP Lazarus - Rene Binder, Kevin Giovesi *
MP Motorsport - Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Daniël de Jong

* denotes currently only confirmed for Barcelona test



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Tom Dillmann (FRA, RUSSIAN TIME) during the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Tuesday 5th March. (Photo Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service)
Conor Daly (USA, Hilmer Motorsport) during the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Tuesday 5th March. (Photo Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service)
Luciano Bachetta (GBR, RUSSIAN TIME) during the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Tuesday 5th March. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service)
RUSSIAN TIME logo. (Photo Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) during the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Tuesday 5th March. (Photo Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) in action at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport), Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrate on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) in Parc Ferme after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates in Parc Ferme after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates with champagne on the podium after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP3 Series Media Service.)
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Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) & Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) on the feature race podium at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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