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Pierre Gasly continued to enjoy his chance to drive the 2014 GP2 championship winning DAMS car for a second day, once again ending a day of post-season testing with the fastest time of anyone - and by a considerable margin with a late flourish under the floodlights of the Yas Marina Circuit to post a lap of 1:48.663s in Abu Dhabi.
Earlier, Campos Racing's Arthur Pic had been quick to set what proved to be the first session's fastest time with a lap of 1:49.645s on the 3.451-mile, 21-turn circuit putting him just over a tenth of a second clear of Arden's Jordan King. Gasly's team mate for the day Esteban Ocon had been third fastest ahead of Rio Haryanto and Nathanael Berthon, with Gasly settling for a relatively sedate sixth place by his standards under the noon sunshine.
Having won the 2014 GP3 Series championship with Carlin, Alex Lynn had his first taste of the team's GP2 car and was quickly on the pace, finishing the noon session in a solid ninth place on the timesheets, although the 21-year-old waned to 20th place in the subsequent evening session.
The noon session had been almost entirely incident free, with just a brief stoppage midway through the session to retrieve some carbon debris that had fallen off Pierre Gasly's DAMS. However, a second caution less than five minutes from the end caused by Norman Nato's Hilmer Motorsport car stopping at the end of the straight meant that the session did not resume and finished prematurely under the red flag.
In fact, Nato's first session behind the wheel ended up counting for nothing after his car was found to be underweight and his times subsequently deleted. However once the oversight was corrected, the 22-year-old Frenchman was able to post a time of 1:50.010s in the evening session after sunset which scored him as the 17th fastest driver.
There was an early red in the first 15 minutes of that second session when Sergey Sirotkin made contact with the barrier at turn one, seriously damaging the front of his Rapax and limiting him to just five laps of after dark running as the crew got to work on repairs. By this time Rio Haryanto had already posted a lap of 1:49.765s to go to the top of the times in the second Campos car, with Gasly popping up into second as soon as proceedings resumed once Sirotkin's incident had been cleared up, and then next time he succeeded in going to the top.
Former 2014 GP2 Racing Engineering driver Raffaele Marciello also had a brief spell at the top of the timing screens in his first day testing with the newly-rebranded Status GP car (which has taken over from Caterham) alongside GP3 veteran Dino Zamparelli, before Pic once again took charge of the timings with a lap of 1:49.204s.
Esteban Ocon then went top with a time of 1:49.048s in his second day with the DAMS team, but he was ultimately beaten by his team mate Gasly went almost four tenths faster to post the only lap of the day to clock in at under 1:49s, meaning that the chequered flag eventually came out to confirm a triumphant DAMS 1-2.
Friday also saw the first female driver ever to participate in an official GP2 Series test, with Dutch driver Beitske Visser lining up alongside Nathanaël Berthon at Venezuela GP Lazarus. The 19-year-old, who made her GP3 Series début this year at Barcelona and who has since been competing in Formula Renault 3.5 Series with AVF, was 24th fastest in the first session, dropping to 25th in the night session despite improving her lap time by over a second.
The GP2 teams have one more day of testing at Abu Dhabi, with two further sessions to come on Saturday before they pack up and return home for the winter off-season.
See full times from the second day of GP2 testing at Abu Dhabi