F1Weekly podcast # 651

Rio Haryanto quickest on Day 2

Clark and Nasir go over the Australian Grand Prix and both reveal their lack of enthusiasm for the new 2014 F1 cars. And here are the results of day 2 of GP2 testing in Bahrain…

Rio Haryanto quickest on Day 2
 
Indonesian driver sets fastest laptime at Bahrain International Circuit
The second day of testing at Bahrain International Circuit opened this morning under overcast skies and in cooler temperatures. Jolyon Palmer, Takuya Izawa and Stoffel Vandoorne were quick to take to the track, but it was Conor Daly who topped the timesheets on soft Pirelli tyres early into the session. Fellow countryman Alexander Rossi became the first man to dip under 1m41s today, but Daly went even quicker and lapped the track in 1:40.233. It was then Mitch Evans who found some extra pace to break under the 1m40s barrier. His laptime was bettered by Palmer by two hundredths, the Briton clocking in a time of 1:39.854.
A few drops of rain fell over the track, but most of the field opted to put on the softer compounds and it was Rio Haryanto’s time to shine: the Indonesian driver managed to set a blazing laptime of 1:39.129 – three tenths quicker than last year’s pole position. Haryanto’s teammate Rossi went out on track for another attempt at topping the timesheet but ended a hairsbreadth away from the Indonesian. In the final stages, Julian Leal edged Raffaele Marciello out of third. Behind the Italian, Palmer, Evans, Vandoorne, Stéphane Richelmi, Rene Binder and Kimiya Sato rounded out the top ten.
After the lunch break, the temperatures rose and Daniiel De Jong was the early pace setter. He remained top for most of the session as drivers focused on race simulations and pitstop practices. With one hour left on the clock, Daniel Abt went quickest on Hard compounds, but De Jong on Soft Pirelli tyres soon improved on the German’s laptime and regained control of the timesheet.
In the closing stages, laptimes started to tumble down and the fight for the top spot saw Jon Lancaster, Vittorio Ghirelli and Johnny Cecotto successively hit the front, but at the chequered flag, De Jong reclaimed P1 with a 1:40.508 – two tenths quicker than Cecotto (also on Soft compounds). Leal was able to find some extra pace on Hard Pirelli tyres to move up to third in the dying minutes ahead of Ghirelli, Lancaster, Simon Trummer, Facu Regalia, Abt, Felipe Nasr and Arthur Pic.
The final day of pre-season testing will start again at 9am local time.
Morning results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:39.129
32
2.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:39.173
31
3.
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:39.538
22
4.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
1:39.704
33
5.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:39.854
31
6.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIA TIME
1:39.870
15
7.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:39.913
32
8.
Stephane Richelmi
DAMS
1:40.045
29
9.
Rene Binder
Arden International
1:40.126
15
10.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
1:40.154
25
11.
Nathanael Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:40.190
18
12.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:40.191
18
13.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:40.233
10
14.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
1:40.250
19
15.
Andre Negrao
Arden International
1:40.314
19
16.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
1:40.678
30
17.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:40.786
26
18.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:40.840
24
19.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
1:40.842
15
20.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Trident
1:40.991
25
21.
Daniiel de Jong
MP Motorsport
1:41.041
10
22.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
1:41.106
22
23.
Jon Lancaster
MP Motorsport
1:41.166
40
24.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:41.586
29
25.
Facu Regalia
Hilmer Motorsport
1:43.748
39
26.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:43.796
30
Afternoon results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Daniiel de Jong
MP Motorsport
1:40.508
19
2.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
1:40.779
19
3.
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:40.882
21
4.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Trident
1:41.235
14
5.
Jon Lancaster
MP Motorsport
1:41.277
17
6.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:41.436
29
7.
Facu Regalia
Hilmer Motorsport
1:41.476
25
8.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:41.746
10
9.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:41.998
24
10.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:42.354
38
11.
Rene Binder
Arden International
1:42.393
31
12.
André Negrao
Ardent International
1:43.007
29
13.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:43.839
27
14.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:43.877
26
15.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:43.910
32
16.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:43.179
32
17.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:44.276
31
18.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:44.381
24
19.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:44.458
46
20.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
1:44.632
17
21.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
1:44.818
26
22.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
1:44.895
46
23.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
1:45.151
38
24.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:45.240
33
25.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
1:45.348
33
26.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:45.443
35
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GP2

Rossi GP2 test 2014

ALEXANDER ROSSI LEADS THE WAY IN SAKHIR.
American driver quickest in Day 1 at Bahrain International Circuit
The final GP2 Series pre-season test session opened today at Bahrain International Circuit on a dirty track. There was one change in the drivers’ entry list compared to last week as Vittorio Ghirelli joined Trident in car 22. Pirelli provided every driver with five sets of Hard compounds and two sets of Soft compounds for the three days of testing.
Stoffel Vandoorne was the first driver to feed onto the track as soon as the lights turned green, but it was Jolyon Palmer who set the early pace. The first half of the session was pretty quiet as drivers waited for the track to get cleaner. Kimiya Sato was the first man to set a laptime inside the 1m42s with Daniel De Jong first and then Julian Leal bettering the Japanese’s time to snatch the top spot. Facu Regalia broke the 1m42s barrier along with Mitch Evans, but the Kiwi remained two tenths slower than the Argentine driver. Rio Haryanto found some extra pace to set a laptime of 1:41.400, but Felipe Nasr went even quicker and with one hour left on the clock, the Brazilian sat pretty at the top of the standings. Regalia was on a mission and improved on Nasr’s laptime by five hundredths. Twenty minutes before the end of the session, a red flag briefly halted the proceedings as Takuya Izawa stopped on track. The action resumed but a second red flag happened soon after when Simon Trummer hit the kerb at Turn 10 and stopped on track. In the dying minutes, Arthur Pic moved up to P1, but at the chequered flag it was Daniel Abt who dipped under 1m41s and finished the session at the top, five tenths ahead of Pic. Abt’s teammate Regalia, Nasr, Haryanto, Alexander Rossi, Stéphane Richelmi, Evans, Johnny Cecotto and Jon Lancaster completed the top ten.
The afternoon session saw Palmer taking to the track first, but it was Vandoorne who set the early pace in a 1:41.916. As the clock ticked down, the top spot was claimed successively by Richelmi, Raffaele Marciello and Nasr. Evans became the first man to go under 1m41s and stayed on top of the standings until there were thirty minutes left in the session. Conor Daly went quickest in a 1:40.734, but countryman Rossi was able to go one tenth faster to snatch P1. Abt moved up to P2 just before the session was shortly red flagged. The session was restarted with only ten minutes left on the clock. Evans moved up to P3 on his final attempt and at the chequered flag, Rossi remained the quickest man of the day ahead of Abt and Evans. Behind the trio, Daly, Palmer, Cecotto, Marciello, Ghirelli, Nasr and Vandoorne completed the top ten.
Tomorrow’s session will start at 9am local time.
Morning results
Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:40.676
17
2. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:41.192
17
3. Facu Regalia Hilmer Motorsport 1:41.327
15
4. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:41.352
12
5. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:41.400
13
6. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:41.460
13
7. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:41.631
14
8. Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:41.663
16
9. Johnny Cecotto Trident 1:41.671
12
10. Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1:41.711
12
11. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:41.739
27
12. André Negrao Arden International 1:41.849
15
13.
Julian Leal Carlin 1:41.986
15
14. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:41.995
15
15. Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:42.122
17
16. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:42.189
13
17. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:42.231
17
18. Rene Binder Arden International 1:42.286
14
19. Daniiel de Jong MP Motorsport 1:42.348
15
20.
Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:42.375
18
21. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1:42.405
6
22. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1:42.600
12
23. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:42.614
19
24. Vittorio Ghirelli Trident
1:43.294
14
25. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix
2:05.004
34
26. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix
2:08.207
32
Afternoon results
Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:40.604
30
2. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:40.616
26
3. Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:40.680
25
4. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:40.734
20
5. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:40.769
23
6. Johnny Cecotto Trident 1:40.829
13
7. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:40.932
25
8. Vittorio Ghirelli
Trident
1:40.976
21
9. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:41.022
23
10. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:41.041
28
11.
Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1:41.045
22
12. Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:41.065
21
13. Facu Regalia
Hilmer Motorsport
1:41.131
28
14. Julian Leal
Carlin
1:41.195
17
15. Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:41.275
23
16. Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:41.359
23
17. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:41.368
21
18. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering
1:41.394
23
19. Rene Binder Arden International
1:41.426
21
20. André Negrao Arden International
1:41.438
18
21. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax
1:41.548
23
22. Simon Trummer Rapax
1:41.709
18
23. Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:41.726
25
24. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 1:42.013
29
25. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:42.204
23
26. Daniiel De Jong MP Motorsport
1:42.282
19