GP3 champion Alex Lynn set the pace as day two of GP2 pre-season testing got underway in Abu Dhabi.
The Briton was nearly half a second quicker than his nearest challenger and DAMS team-mate Pierre Gasly, who had been fastest on Monday to keep up his 100 per cent record in GP2 tests since his first last November.
However, the pace will still the best part of a second off Gasly’s day one benchmark as the majority focussed on long runs.
Ferrari protege Raffaele Marciello was again near the top of the times in third for Trident, while ART’s pre-season favourite Stoffel Vandoorne just edged out Russian Time racer Mitch Evans for fourth.
Sixth was Alexander Rossi for Racing Engineering, followed by the trio of Julian Leal, Arthur Pic and Andre Negrao, who are all remaining with their 2014 teams for this season (Carlin, Campos and Arden respectively).
Completing the top ten was Racing Engineering’s second driver Jordan King, who was announced overnight as a development driver for the Manor F1 Team, where his father Justin has taken the position of chairman following new investment.
Morning session results
|4||Stoffel Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||1:50.620||0.972||23|
|5||Mitch Evans||Russian Time||1:50.625||0.977||18|
|6||Alexander Rossi||Racing Engineering||1:50.767||1.119||36|
|8||Arthur Pic||Campos Racing||1:50.996||1.348||35|
|9||Andre Negrao||Arden International||1:51.040||1.392||24|
|10||Jordan King||Racing Engineering||1:51.073||1.425||31|
|13||Rio Haryanto||Campos Racing||1:51.248||1.600||35|
|14||Richie Stanaway||Status Grand Prix||1:51.620||1.972||26|
|15||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||1:51.623||1.975||31|
|16||Daniel De Jong||MP Motorsport||1:51.758||2.110||15|
|18||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||1:51.908||2.260||19|
|19||Vittorio Ghirelli||MP Motorsport||1:51.969||2.321||11|
|22||Norman Nato||Arden International||1:52.319||2.671||24|
|23||Sergio Canamasas||Hilmer Motorsport||1:52.360||2.712||29|
|24||Marlon Stockinger||Status Grand Prix||1:52.764||3.116||25|
|26||Axcil Jefferies||Hilmer Motorsport||No time||0|