GP2 rookie Richie Stanaway insists he won't get carried away despite topping the timesheets on the final day of the first pre-season test in Abu Dhabi.

The New Zealander graduated with Status Grand Prix into GP2 after finishing eighth in GP3 last season, notching up two race victories in the process. The 23-year-old appears to have adapted to life in the higher class almost immediately after posting the fastest laptime of the entire test, a 1m 48.441s, on the third and final day at the Yas Marina circuit.

"We made some really good improvements with the setup over the first few days," Stanaway said. "I could feel how good the car was this morning on old tyres which gave me full confidence when I went for a time. As a rookie it is pretty cool to top a GP2 session, I don't want to get ahead of myself but it is a really good starting point and now I can focus on improving even more.

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"The team are doing a great job and I'm pleased that this is some sort of reward for all the hard work they have put in over the winter."

Status Grand Prix has also made the step up into GP2, with 2015 marking their debut season in the series. The team's managing director David Kennedy put the team's early success down to the work of experienced team boss Dave Stubbs, who is a former Formula 1 team manager.

"Richie's performance was also magnificent and has given a real boost to the team," Kennedy said. "Marlon [Stockinger] gave us terrific feedback and despite being hampered by a few problems, his race runs were superb. I believe that we have the nucleus of a competitive team with a very exciting driver combination for our maiden GP2 season."

Stanaway was joined at the test by team-mate Marlon Stockinger who finished 20th on the lap board after suffering technical issues. The team will now work through all the data it has collected and begin preparations for the second pre-season test in Bahrain next month.