Norman Nato topped the times on the first day of the second and final GP2 pre-season test at Jerez, leading fellow Frenchman?Pierre Gasly.
Racing Engineering signing Nato went quickest close to the end of a?morning session interrupted by fog, displacing his team-mate?Jordan King with a time of?1m25.811s.
Prema’s Gasly took second, a tenth and half down on Nato.?Alex Lynn followed his fellow Briton King, with?Antonio Giovinazzi fifth ahead of?Mitch Evans.
Sergey Sirotkin,?Arthur Pic,?Oliver Rowland and?Gustav Malja rounded out the top 10.
The afternoon session was slower, but it was the same suspects at the head of the field. Gasly was quickest, but half a second down on Nato’s morning benchmark.
Lynn was second in front Nato, Giovinazzi and King.?Luca Ghiotto led fellow GP3 graduate?Marvin Kirchhofer in sixth.
Kirchhofer was the only driver in action for the Carlin team, with Rene Binder having signed a Formula V8 3.5 deal since testing for the squad in Barcelona.
Status Grand Prix are absent from the test altogether, and following the demise of Hilmer, the field is down to 21 cars from its maximum of 26.
Combined day one times
|Pos||Driver||Team||Session 1||Session 2|
|1||Norman Nato||Racing Engineering||1:25.811||1:26.558|
|2||Pierre Gasly||Prema Racing||1:25.961||1:26.375|
|3||Jordan King||Racing Engineering||1:26.124||1:26.617|
|5||Antonio Giovinazzi||Prema Racing||1:26.322||1:26.566|
|6||Mitch Evans||Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing||1:26.350||1:27.222|
|7||Sergey Sirotkin||ART Grand Prix||1:26.405||1:27.275|
|9||Oliver Rowland||MP Motorsport||1:26.674||1:27.101|
|11||Raffaele Marciello||Russian Time||1:26.762||1:26.989|
|12||Daniel de Jong||MP Motorsport||1:26.805||1:27.734|
|15||Jimmy Eriksson||Arden International||1:26.888||1:28.352|
|16||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||1:27.065||1:27.487|
|19||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||1:27.273||1:27.224|
|20||Sean Gelael||Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing||1:27.421||1:27.824|
|21||Philo Paz Armand||Trident||1:28.744||1:27.838|
|22||Nabil Jeffri||Arden International||1:28.193||1:27.846|