CLICK: Full times from the final day of GP3 testing at Abu Dhabi
Trident's Luca Ghiotto and ART's Antonio Fuoco claimed the honours on track in Abu Dhabi at the end of the last day of post-season testing for the GP3 teams, with Ghiotto setting the fastest time of the entire three days that the teams had been at work.
Ghiotto secured the top spot with a lap of 1:55.134s in the afternoon session, putting him 0.164s ahead of Ferrari Academy driver Fuoco.
The Italiano had himself earlier topped the times in the hazy sunshine and humid conditions of the morning session. He had posted a time of 1:55.327s on the 3.451-mile, 21-turn Yas Marina Circuit, having switched to ART for the final day after spending Thursday with Koiranen GP and Friday at Carlin.
The morning time had been enough put Fuoco 0.263s clear of Alex Palou, who after piloting the ART the previous day was now out again on track at the wheel of a Trident. Meanwhile, Swiss teenager Ralph Boschung topped the timings for a lengthy spell before finishing third fastest in the session with a time of 1:55.596s as he spent another day with Jenzer Motorsport, looking to find a new challenge after two years competing in the ADAC Formel Masters.
Other drivers who had topped the timesheets during the morning were Hilmer Motorsport's Riccardo Agostini, Koiranen duo Matt Parry and Jimmy Eriksson, and ART's Mitch Gilbert. The session saw two red flags in the final hour, the first for Agostini stopping in turn 9 an the second for his Hilmer team mate Kourosh Khani stopping at turn 13 with 15 minutes remaining.
There were no stoppages in the afternoon, which saw Fuoco once again quick to shoot to the top of the timing screens with an effort of 1:56.393s just 20 minutes into the final two-and-a-half hour session. Jenzer Motorsport's Matheo Tuscher was able to improve on that to 1:56.007s before Fuoco responded and became the first man of the session to dip under 1:55s.
Eriksson was able to beat that by a tenth of a second by the midway point, until a cheeky lap of 1:55.377s put Edward Jones in front by one thousandth of a second in the Carlin with 45 minutes left on the clock. A couple of minutes later, Ghiotto made his move and set a new benchmark time of 1:55.287s from which he subsequently shaved another 0.153s before the chequered flag came out. That still didn't seem enough for him to clinch the top spot, though, with Seb Morris having recorded a lap of 1:55.111s in the meantime despite suffering from food poisoning at lunch.
However Morris' Status GP car was subsequently found to be underweight as was the Arden of BRDC Formula 4 Championship graduate Raoul Hyman. Both drivers were excluded from the afternoon results as a result, which meant that Ghiotto was credited as the fastest driver of the day and of the test as a whole, with Fuoco promoted back to second ahead of Tuscher.
That brought down the shutters on GP3 action for 2014. There will be a further pre-season test in early next year for the teams, date for which have yet to be announced. In the meantime, the teams and drivers will be able to put their feet up at last and enjoy the winter off-season with family and friends.
See full times from the final day of GP3 testing at Abu Dhabi