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Silverstone - test times - April 6

Marcus Ericsson, Christian Vietoris and Jules Bianchi topped the timesheets during the second day of GP2 main series pre-season testing at Silverstone.
After yesterday's wet and cold conditions, Silverstone was looking a lot warmer and sunnier for the second day of GP2 main series pre-season testing and the teams were able to get right down to work on the Pirelli slicks from the get-go and were soon pushing the lap times down.

Barwa Addax's Giedo van der Garde put in an early benchmark of 1:41.434 which was eventually bettered first by iSport's Sam Bird and then by Arden's Jolyon Palmer, but soon it was Lotus ART's Jules Bianchi and Racing Engineering's Christian Vietoris seeking to stamp their authority on proceedings and lay out an early declaration of intent in a session interupted by five red flags, the last of which came out with two minutes left in the session, causing a slightly premature end to morning proceedings.

In the afternoon, the temperature had climbed still higher. Vietoris picked up where he left off and headed the timesheets ahead of Grosjean and Luca Filippi, before Lotus ART duo Jules Bianchi and Esteban Gutierrez put in fastest laps at the one hour mark. Bianchi was eventually deposed from the top by Vietoris, but as the afternoon wore on the track conditions seemed to suit iSport's Marcus Ericsson best of all and he duly set the fastest lap of anyone during the two-day test session with 1:40.154.

GP2 will hold another two-day test session later this month, when they move to Barcelona on April 19 and 20.

Morning Session

1. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1m 40.218 (31 laps)
2. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1m 40.442 (36 laps)
3. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1m 40.505 (34 laps)
4. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1m 40.562 (31 laps)
5. Sam Bird iSport International 1m 40.653 (29 laps)
6. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1m 40.692 (33 laps)
7. Romain Grosjean Dams 1m 40.711 (30 laps)
8. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1m 40.760 (21 laps)
9. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1m 40.840 (36 laps)
10. Max Chilton Carlin 1m 41.024 (25 laps)
11. Oliver Turvey Carlin 1m 41.027 (21 laps)
12. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1m 41.153 (20 laps)
13. Davide Valsecchi Team AirAsia 1m 41.183 (35 laps)
14. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1m 41.271 (25 laps)
15. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1m 41.504 (31 laps)
16. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1m 41.587 (22 laps)
17. Davide Rigon Scuderia Coloni 1m 41.591 (31 laps)
18. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 1m 41.634 (22 laps)
19. Julian Leal Rapax 1m 41.735 (28 laps)
20. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1m 41.845 (21 laps)
21. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1m 41.905 (22 laps)
22. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1m 42.000 (16 laps)
23. Josef Kral Arden International 1m 42.010 (23 laps)
24. Pal Varhaug Dams 1m 42.064 (31 laps)
25. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1m 42.092 (36 laps)
26. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1m 42.107 (26 laps)

Afternoon Session

1. Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1m 40.154 (31 laps)
2. Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 1m 40.322 (36 laps)
3. Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1m 40.586 (29 laps)
4. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1m 40.589 (38 laps)
5. Romain Grosjean Dams 1m 40.623 (23 laps)
6. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 1m 40.645 (30 laps)
7. Oliver Turvey Carlin 1m 40.772 (29 laps)
8. Luiz Razia Team AirAsia 1m 40.925 (33 laps)
9. Max Chilton Carlin 1m 40.929 (27 laps)
10. Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 1m 40.936 (30 laps)
11. Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1m 41.019 (28 laps)
12. Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1m 41.032 (31 laps)
13. Pal Varhaug Dams 1m 41.133 (33 laps)
14. Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 1m 41.241 (28 laps)
15. Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 1m 41.346 (21 laps)
16. Davide Valsecchi Team AirAsia 1m 41.375 (38 laps)
17. Davide Rigon Scuderia Coloni 1m 41.378 (32 laps)
18. Josef Kral Arden International 1m 41.416 (16 laps)
19. Luca Filippi Super Nova Racing 1m 41.432 (34 laps)
20. Sam Bird iSport International 1m 41.503 (16 laps)
21. Julian Leal Rapax 1m 41.600 (33 laps)
22. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1m 41.701 (30 laps)
23. Fabio Leimer Rapax 1m 41.839 (38 laps)
24. Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 1m 41.866 (40 laps)
25. Jolyon Palmer Arden International 1m 42.012 (25 laps)
26. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 1m 42.240 (27 laps)



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