Palmer quickest again
Jolyon Palmer was again the quickest in the second day of the GP2 Series pre-season testing at Yas Marina Circuit. Briton set the fastest time for DAMS this morning, where he clocked 1:50.311.
In the first session Rio Haryanto set the the early pace just before two red flag periods. The first went out when Stoffel Vandoorne clipped the barrier at Turn 19 and stopped on track. A second red flag halted the action after Axcil Jefferies span and stopped at Turn 13. Then Mitch Evans improved on the Indonesian’s laptime by four tenths. After a third short red flag period for Jefferies – who stopped again at Turn 1 – Jon Lancaster put his head down and first moved up to P2 before bettering Evans’ best by two tenths hence claiming the top spot ahead of Kimiya Sato. The rookie from Campos managed a laptime just one tenth slower than Lancaster. In the final hour, Conor Daly collided with Facu Regalia at Turn 18 with the American barrelling into the barrier which prompted another red flag period and brought Daly’s day to an early end. The session restarted with twenty minutes left on the clock. Stéphane Richelmi went quickest, but it was his teammate and yesterday’s fastest man Jolyon Palmer who claimed the top, sixth tenths better than the Monegasque driver.
After the break, with most of the teams mainly focused on race simulations, Johnny Cecotto (pictures) set a laptime of 1:50.760 and ended first ahead of Vandoorne. At the chequered flag, André Negrao, Daniiel De Jong, Regalia, Abt, Evans, Arthur Pic, Rene Binder and Lancaster rounded the top 10.