Richie Stanaway is hopeful he has made enough of an impression during his maiden GP2 test outing in Abu Dhabi to grant him a full-time move to the series in 2015.

The Kiwi was able to take advantage of his association with the Status Grand Prix team he competed with in the GP3 Series, Stanaway joining the outfit as it embarked on its official move into GP2 during the annual post-season tests.

One of the busiest drivers in 2014 having also appeared in Formula Renault 3.5 and in the World Endurance Championship, Stanaway ended the day seventh quickest with a time of 1min 49.589secs. The fastest of the rookie contingent taking part in the test and just half a second off the ultimate pace, Stanaway was pleased with his efforts.

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"I have really enjoyed my first day in a GP2 car and I guess one of the big benefits for me was that I have done World Series by Renault, so the jump was not quite so big. Having raced here in GP3 over the weekend meant I had to do a massive recalibration in order to get the most out of the GP2 car. It was mostly about utilising the extra down force and taking into consideration the aero, larger tyres and carbon brakes.

"The tyres weren't too tricky as the characteristics are so similar to GP3 but it is hard to maximise everything on the first day. We lost some time not optimising the tyres and I think if we had run the second set this morning we may have been inside the top four plus the third set was slightly wasted as the track dropped off this evening.

"It's definitely good to be the quickest GP2 rookie and we had a proper benchmark having Vandoorne and Gasly here. Being just over half a second off the fastest time on my first day was actually better than I expected and position wise I hoped to be around sixth or seventh, which is what we achieved.

"Given the opportunity I would love to continue in GP2, but you need to look at a doing two year programme, which means you need good backing as well. It was quite a surreal experience today and it will be pretty hard to beat driving a GP2 car in Abu Dhabi under the lights, so I appreciate the opportunity I have been given."

Status Grand Prix will enter the GP2 Series for the first time in 2015 after acquiring the Caterham outfit.