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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