Pierre Gasly closes out GP2 pre-season testing fastest


DAMS driver Pierre Gasly has finished fastest on the final day of winter testing ahead of the start of the new GP2 season in Bahrain later this month.

Gasly has moved into GP2 from Formula Renault 3.5 for 2015, and is plotting an assault on the title in his debut season.

The Red Bull-backed youngster has enjoyed a strong winter testing programme, and rounded it out by posting the fastest time of the final test in Bahrain on Friday.

With a fastest time of 1:39.632, Gasly edged out last year’s runner-up Stoffel Vandoorne by just 0.014 seconds at the top of the timesheets, with Mitch Evans finishing a further 0.033 seconds back in third.

American driver Alexander Rossi and Ferrari junior Raffaele Marciello both finished within one-tenth of Gasly to round out the top five, suggesting that the fight for the championship is wide open heading to the first race of the year.

GP2 debutants Sergey Sirotkin, Nobuharu Matsushita, Nigel Melker and Jordan King also topped sessions across the three-day test in Bahrain, and will be hoping to carry this form into their first races later this month.

Once again, GP2 will act as the primary feeder series to Formula 1, supporting the championship for ten of its rounds and finishing on the same weekend in Abu Dhabi this November.

To see a complete classification from the final day of pre-season testing in Bahrain, click here.