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Gasly and Wehrlein to test on Prema’s first day in GP2

by Peter Allen

Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service

The full entry list for the first day of GP2 post-season testing in Abu Dhabi features Red Bull Junior Pierre Gasly and Mercedes DTM champion Pascal Wehrlein driving for series debutants Prema.

Multiple championship-winning Formula 3 team Prema is stepping into GP2 after taking over the Lazarus entry and on its first day will run Gasly, who took three poles in the final four events of his rookie GP2 season for DAMS, and Wehrlein, who has admitted GP2 could be an option if a Formula 1 seat does not materialise.

It’s known that on the second day of the test, Prema will run its F3 champion Felix Rosenqvist alongside Formula Renault 3.5 champion Oliver Rowland.

Taking over Gasly’s place at DAMS for the first day of the test alongside its regular driver Alex Lynn is Nicholas Latifi, who did a part-season this year with MP Motorsport.

Rowland – who did four GP2 events this term with MP and Status – takes over the car of champion?Stoffel Vandoorne at ART alongside regular?Nobuharu Matsushita.

Dean Stoneman will remain with Carlin after taking in the final three rounds with the team and be joined by two-time race-winner Richie Stanaway.

Sean Gelael switches from Carlin to Campos alongside the Spanish squad’s Euroformula Open champion Konstantin Tereshchenko.

Speculation places Mitch Evans as Gelael’s team-mate at Campos in 2016, but the Kiwi is testing with Audi’s DTM squad this week.

GP3 runner-up Luca Ghiotto sticks with Trident for his first run in a GP2 car alongside fellow GP3 graduate Jimmy Eriksson.

On Thursday, Ghiotto will move over to Racing Engineering, which is running top 2015 rookie Sergey Sirotkin on day one alongside its regular racer Jordan King.

Eriksson will appear on the latter two days for Arden, which is running another Swede Gustav Malja and its 2015 racer Norman Nato on Wednesday. The Frenchman is another that will sample Racing Engineering, on Friday.

Russian Time protege Artem Markelov is joined by FR3.5 race-winner Tio Ellinas on Wednesday, with Japanese-based Andrea Caldarelli due in the car on Friday.

Rosenqvist makes his GP2 bow for Status (he won the Macau Grand Prix for team owner Teddy Yip Jr under the Theodore Racing banner), while the team will run Philo Armand on all three days of the test.

Status GP3 racer Alex Fontana and Malja will also feature for the team later in the week – Fontana makes his GP2 debut for Rapax on Wednesday alongside usual Arden racer Andre Negrao.

MP completes the entry list with ex-Hilmer GP2 racer Nick Yelloly and former Auto GP driver Richard Gonda.

Wednesday entry list
Team Drivers
DAMS 1. Nicholas Latifi 2. Alex Lynn
Carlin 3. Dean Stoneman 4. Richie Stanaway
ART Grand Prix 5. Oliver Rowland 6. Nobuharu Matsushita
Racing Engineering 7. Jordan King 8. Sergey Sirotkin
Russian Time 9. Tio Ellinas 10. Artem Markelov
Trident 11. Luca Ghiotto 12. Jimmy Eriksson
Campos Racing 14. Sean Gelael 15. Konstantin Tereshchenko
MP Motorsport 16. Richard Gonda 17. Nick Yelloly
Rapax 18. Alex Fontana 19. Andre Negrao
Arden International 20. Gustav Malja 21. Norman Nato
Status Grand Prix 22. Philo Armand 23. Felix Rosenqvist
Prema Racing 26. Pierre Gasly 27. Pascal Wehrlein