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GP2, GP3 tests set to kick off today with some interesting names

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The GP2 and GP3 Series postseason test takes place starting today at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, with three days of running for both junior series championships.

GP2 will test on Pirelli’s medium compound; GP3 on Pirelli’s soft compound.

On Tuesday, the day one entry lists were released. Among those notable listed:

GP2

  • PREMA Racing’s newly confirmed full-season pairing of Charles Leclerc and Antonio Fuoco
  • Notable series veterans Nobuharu Matsushita, Jordan King, Johnny Cecotto, Raffaele Marciello, Antonio Giovinazzi
  • Louis Deletraz, who debuted this weekend with Carlin, now testing with Racing Engineering
  • Indy Lights driver Felix Serralles, testing with Carlin, who’s also had tests in an IndyCar with Andretti Autosport and in the FIA WEC with an Oreca 05 Nissan for G-Drive Racing

GP3

  • Jack Aitken to lead ART Grand Prix’s four-car entry
  • American Ryan Tveter, with Trident
  • Pro Mazda driver Pato O’Ward, who also tested in FIA WEC with RGR Sport, with Koiranen GP

Respective GP2 and GP3 entry lists are linked here.

Hamilton tops second Abu Dhabi F1 practice with new track record

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Lewis Hamilton swept to the top of the timesheets in second Formula 1 practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday evening, beating Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel by one-tenth of a second.

Hamilton trailed Vettel through the daytime-run opening practice session, but managed to strike back by recording a new track record at the Yas Marina Circuit for Mercedes.

Hamilton recorded a fastest lap time of 1:37.877 to finish one-tenth of a second clear of Vettel at the checkered flag, appearing to have an edge across a single lap on the ultra-soft tire.

Red Bull threw its hat into the ring as a possible rival for pole through Daniel Ricciardo, who finished the session third-fastest, three-tenths of a second back from Hamilton at the head of the field.

Kimi Raikkonen ended FP2 in fourth place in the sister Ferrari, finishing within half a second of Hamilton, and managed to edge out fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas, who was a further two-tenths back in P5.

Max Verstappen failed to get in a quick flying lap during FP2, ending the session one second down in P6 for Red Bull.

Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon’s tight intra-team fight at Force India continued through FP2 as the pair were separated by just 0.01 seconds, taking seventh and eighth respectively to finish as the leading midfield drivers.

Nico Hulkenberg and Fernando Alonso completed the top 10 for Renault and McLaren, with Felipe Massa following in 11th for Williams on his final Friday appearance in F1.

Massa was fortunate to avoid an accident with Ricciardo during the final 15 minutes of the session after a mix up at the hairpin when the Brazilian tried to get a wider line for the back straight.

Running in Abu Dhabi continues with final practice at Yas Marina on Saturday morning from 5am ET on the NBC Sports app, followed by qualifying at 8am ET on NBCSN.