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Abu Dhabi: GP2 and GP3 Test times (1)

Raffaele Marciello topped the GP2 times in the first of three days of post-season testing in Abu Dhabi, while Dean Stoneman was the class of the GP3 test with Koiranen GP.
Just a couple of days after the end of the 2013 championships, all of the GP2 and GP3 teams were back in action on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi in the first of three days of post-season testing for both series.

The tests had been arranged into alternating sessions between the two different categories, with GP3 getting the morning slot before GP2 leapt into action at noon local time. GP3 returned for the late afternoon slot and then the GP2 cars got to run under the floodlights after sunset.

In GP2, Caterham's Alexander Rossi led the midday times with a lap of 1:49.958s, but the cooler conditions after sunset allowed F3 European champion Raffaele Marciello to shave that down to 1:49.811s in the Trident which ended up as the fastest time of anyone on the first day.

Venezuela GP Lazarus' rookie prospect Denis Nagulin stopped out on track during the daytime session to trigger a red flag, while in the night time session it was Rossi who needed assistance after a flat-spotted tyre resulted in a puncture during the closing minutes of the day's track availability.

Kevin Magnussen was a no-show for the testing despite having previously been announced as turning out for DAMS for the day. Reports said that his management had pulled him out at the last minute, leaving the team unable to find a replacement which will not only cost them development time on the track but could also see them hit with a hefty fine by the GP2 organisers, as their contract with the series requires them to run two cars at official tests.

There was no explanation for Magnussen's change of plans, with DAMS team principal Jean-Paul Driot admitting that he was "very surprised and disappointed," and a sad way to end their partnership which had seen Magnussen win the 2013 Formula 3.5 Series title with the team which has marked him out as a potential F1 driver next season.

The GP3 teams and drivers were also making use of the Yas Marina Circuit, with Dean Stoneman proving impressive for Koiranen GP on the back of his podium finish in the season finale on Sunday for the team. The Briton topped both the morning and afternoon sessions with his best time of 1:55.829s coming in the later session.

Russian Time was also in attendance, making its first appearance in GP3 after agreeing to take over from Bamboo Engineering in 2014. Their testing efforts were given the best possible start by the presence of Sam Bird, the Mercedes F1 test and development driver who has just helped the team clinch the GP2 team championship in its maiden season in the feeder series.

GP2 and GP3 testing continues through Wednesday and Thursday, with drivers moving around between teams and being joined by new names including 2013 GP3 Series graduates Adderly Fong, Giovanni Venturini and Tio Ellinas.

GP2 Noon Session - Day 1

1. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1m 49.958 (22 laps)
2. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1m 50.608 (20 laps)
3. Johnny Cecotto Venezuela GP Lazarus 1m 50.643 (12 laps)
4. Mitch Evans Russian Time 1m 50.722 (20 laps)
5. Raffaele Marciello Trident Racing 1m 50.812 (20 laps)
6. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1m 51.038 (15 laps)
7. Nico Müller Arden International 1m 51.144 (23 laps)
8. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1m 51.152 (20 laps)
9. Will Stevens MP Motorsport 1m 51.210 (21 laps)
10. Rene Binder Arden International 1m 51.234 (25 laps)
11. Simon Trummer Rapax 1m 51.515 (23 laps)
12. Carlos Sainz Carlin 1m 51.536 (20 laps)
13. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin 1m 51.620 (27 laps)
14. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1m 51.627 (13 laps)
15. Andre Negrao Hilmer Motorsport 1m 51.734 (21 laps)
16. Rio Haryanto Racing Engineering 1m 51.779 (24 laps)
17. Jolyon Palmer Racing Engineering 1m 51.966 (21 laps)
18. Rodolfo Gonzalez Barwa Addax Team 1m 52.056 (13 laps)
19. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1m 52.357 (28 laps)
20. Arthur Pic ART Grand Prix 1m 52.422 (28 laps)
21. Artem Markelov Russian Time 1m 52.763 (17 laps)
22. Sandy Stuvik Rapax 1m 52.772 (20 laps)
23. Nikolay Martsenko Barwa Addax Team 1m 53.419 (18 laps)
24. Denis Magulin Venezuela GP Lazarus 1m 55.231 (20 laps)
25. Facu Regalia EQ8 Caterham Racing No time (1 lap)
26. Kevin Magnussen DAMS No time (0 laps)

GP2 Evening Session - Day 1

1. Raffaele Marciello Trident Racing 1m 49.811 (17 laps)
2. Carlos Sainz Carlin 1m 49.967 (28 laps)
3. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1m 50.120 (25 laps)
4. Johnny Cecotto Venezuela GP Lazarus 1m 50.206 (19 laps)
5. Jolyon Palmer Racing Engineering 1m 50.238 (28 laps)
6. Mitch Evans Russian Time 1m 50.279 (22 laps)
7. Rene Binder Arden International 1m 50.291 (22 laps)
8. Will Stevens MP Motorsport 1m 50.392 (26 laps)
9. Andre Negrao Hilmer Motorsport 1m 50.411 (26 laps)
10. Facu Regalia EQ8 Caterham Racing 1m 50.525 (29 laps)
11. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1m 50.538 (23 laps)
12. Arthur Pic ART Grand Prix 1m 50.547 (26 laps)
13. Simon Trummer Rapax 1m 50.610 (27 laps)
14. Julian Leal Trident Racing 1m 50.631 (26 laps)
15. Nicol Müller Arden International 1m 50.634 (20 laps)
16. Rio Haryanto Racing Engineering 1m 50.712 (24 laps)
17. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1m 50.791 (27 laps)
18. Artem Markelov Russian Time 1m 50.900 (25 laps)
19. Rodolfo Gonzalez Barwa Addax Team 1m 50.993 (25 laps)
20. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1m 51.106 (22 laps)
21. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin 1m 51.261 (22 laps)
22. Nikolay Martsenko Barwa Addax Team 1m 51.339 (30 laps)
23. Sandy Stuvik Rapax 1m 51.343 (24 laps)
24. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham RaciNG 1m 52.006 (35 laps)
25. Denis Nagulin Venezuela GP Lazarus 1m 53.510 (24 laps)
26. Kevin Magnussen DAMS No time (0 laps)

GP3 Morning Session - Day 1

1. Dean Stoneman Koiranen GP 1m 56.278 (18 laps)
2. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1m 56.584 (19 laps)
3. Dino Zamparelli MW Arden 1m 56.649 (18 laps)
4. Sam Bird Russian Time 1m 56.711 (16 laps)
5. Kevin Korjus Status Grand Prix 1m 56.837 (16 laps)
6. Jan Mardenborough Carlin 1m 56.858 (22 laps)
7. Melville McKee Marussia Manor Racing 1m 56.921 (25 laps)
8. Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix 1m 56.927 (20 laps)
9. Roman de Beer Trident 1m 56.986 (27 laps)
10. Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1m 57.067 (24 laps)
11. Pierre Gasly ART Grand Prix 1m 57.198 (19 laps)
12. Marvin Kirchhofer MW Arden 1m 57.211 (20 laps)
13. Oliver Rowland Marussia Manor Racing 1m 57.430 (12 laps)
14. Edward Jones MW Arden 1m 57.511 (16 laps)
15. Jimmy Eriksson Russian Time 1m 57.635 (8 laps)
16. Adderly Fong Koiranen GP 1m 57.665 (20 laps)
17. Emanuele Zonzini ART Grand Prix 1m 57.670 (19 laps)
18. David Fumanelli Jenzer Motorsport 1m 57.881 (15 laps)
19. Jordan King Status Grand Prix 1m 57.883 (5 laps)
20. Nick Cassidy Status Grand Prix 1m 58.023 (19 laps)
21. Nicholas Latifi Carlin 1m 58.349 (21 laps)
22. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP 1m 58.701 (21 laps)
23. Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 1m 58.771 (26 laps)
24. Kevin Joerg Jenzer Motorsport 1m 59.080 (26 laps)
25. Ivan Taranov Trident 1m 59.225 (27 laps)
26. Juan Branger Trident 2m 02.334 (20 laps)
27. Kuba Dalewski Russian Time 2m 03.730 (6 laps)

GP3 Afternoon Session - Day 1

1. Dean Stoneman Koiranen GP 1m 55.829 (25 laps)
2. Pierre Gasly ART Grand Prix 1m 55.940 (29 laps)
3. Oliver Rowland Marussia Manor Racing 1m 55.967 (17 laps)
4. Sam Bird Russian Time 1m 56.028 (27 laps)
5. Kevin Korjus Status Grand Prix 1m 56.419 (24 laps)
6. Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix 1m 56.432 (25 laps)
7. Marvin Kirchhofer MW Arden 1m 56.468 (26 laps)
8. Jan Mardenborough Carlin 1m 56.469 (33 laps)
9. Roman de Beer Trident 1m 56.549 (23 laps)
10. Nick Cassidy Status Grand Prix 1m 56.603 (16 laps)
11. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1m 56.614 (24 laps)
12. Dino Zamparelli MW Arden 1m 56.628 (25 laps)
13. Adderly Fong Koiranen GP 1m 56.653 (25 laps)
14. Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1m 56.678 (33 laps)
15. Edward Jones MW Arden 1m 56.845 (23 laps)
16. Jimmy Eriksson Russian Time 1m 56.904 (28 laps)
17. Emanuele Zonzini ART Grand Prix 1m 57.019 (29 laps)
18. Melville McKee Marussia Manor Racing 1m 57.247 (23 laps)
19. David Fumanelli Jenzer Motorsport 1m 57.269 (20 laps)
20. Jordan King Status Grand Prix 1m 57.274 (26 laps)
21. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP 1m 57.295 (22 laps)
22. Nicholas Latifi Carlin 1m 57.381 (30 laps)
23. Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 1m 57.675 (25 laps)
24. Ivan Taranov Trident 1m 57.978 (30 laps)
25. Juan Branger Trident 1m 58.652 (34 laps)
26. Kevin Joerg Jenzer Motorsport 1m 58.798 (14 laps)
27. Kuba Dalewski Russian Time 1m 59.116 (30 laps)



Related Pictures

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Dean Stoneman (GBR, Koiranen GP) during the first day of post-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 5, 2013. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Alexander Rossi (USA, Caterham Racing) during the first day of post-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 5, 2013. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Trident Racing) during the first day of post-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 5, 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Trident Racing) during the first day of post-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 5, 2013. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) elebrate at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrate at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Charles Coates/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Charles Coates/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win on the podium with Dino Zamparelli (GBR, ART Grand Prix) and Jann Mardenborough (GBR, Arden International) Photo: Charles Coates/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win on the podium with Dino Zamparelli (GBR, ART Grand Prix) and Jann Mardenborough (GBR, Arden International) at the Hungaroring, Hungary 2014 GP3 Series Round 5. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.

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