Caterham continue to set pace at GP2 test in Bahrain with Haryanto and Rossi

Just one more day of GP2 pre-season testing now remains

By James Galloway.   Last Updated: 20/03/14 9:32pm

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Rio Haryanto ensured Caterham remained on top of the GP2 testing timesheets on the middle day of running in Bahrain.

The Indonesian driver, who finished 19th in last year's series driving for Barwa Addax, lowered the Day One benchmark set by team-mate Alexander Rossi by 1.5 seconds to 1:39.129 as teams completed qualifying-style simulations in the morning session at Sakhir.

Rossi finished just over four hundredths of a second adrift with a near four tenths of a second gap then back to Carlin's Julian Leal. Raffaele Marciello (Racing Engineering) and Jolyon Palmer (DAMS) completed the top five.

The leading sub-1:40 pace seen in the morning wasn't reproduced in the afternoon session, however, as teams switched to longer race-style runs. Indeed, the difference was underlined by the fact that Haryanto slipped to the bottom of the 26-driver order with a best time six seconds slower than his day-best effort.

The three-day test, the final one of GP2's pre-season schedule, concludes on Friday.

Morning session:
1 Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:39.129.
2 Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:39.173.
3 Julian Leal Carlin 1:39.538.
4 Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:39.704.
5 Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:39.854.
6 Mitch Evans RT Russian Time 1:39.870.
7 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:39.913.
8 Stephane Richelmi DAMS 1:40.045.
9 Rene Binder Arden International 1:40.126.
10 Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:40.154.
11 Nathanael Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:40.190.
12 Artem Markelov RT Russian Time 1:40.191.
13 Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:40.233.
14 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1:40.250.
15 Andre Negrao Arden International 1:40.314.
16 Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 1:40.678.
17 Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:40.786.
18 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:40.840.
19 Johnny Cecotto Trident 1:40.842.
20 Vittorio Ghirelli Trident 1:40.991.
21 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1:41.041.
22 Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1:41.106.
23 Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1:41.166.
24 Simon Trummer Rapax 1:41.586.
25 Facu Regalia Hilmer Motorsport 1:43.748.
26 Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:43.796.

Afternoon session:
1 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 1:40.508.
2 Johnny Cecotto Trident 1:40.779.
3 Julian Leal Carlin 1:40.882.
4 Vittorio Ghirelli Trident 1:41.235.
5 Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1:41.277.
6 Simon Trummer Rapax 1:41.436.
7 Facu Regalia Hilmer Motorsport 1:41.476.
8 Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:41.746.
9 Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:41.998.
10 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:42.354.
11 Rene Binder Arden International 1:42.393.
12 Andre Negrao Arden International 1:43.007.
13 Mitch Evans RT Russian Time 1:43.839.
14 Artem Markelov RT Russian Time 1:43.877.
15 Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:43.910.
16 Nathanael Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:44.179.
17 Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:44.276.
18 Stephane Richelmi DAMS 1:44.381.
19 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:44.458.
20 Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:44.632.
21 Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1:44.818.
22 Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 1:44.895.
23 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1:45.151.
24 Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:45.240.
25 Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:45.348.
26 Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:45.443.

Bahrain will also host the opening rounds of the 2014 GP2 Series on April 4-6 and you can see every race live on Sky Sports F1.

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