Fabio Leimer on top in Abu Dhabi on Saturday
27 November 2010 – It was a trouble-free test session on Saturday at Yas Marina Circuit for the third day of post season testing which saw eight drivers join ths paddock – Alexander Sims at ART Grand Prix, Brendon Hartley at Racing Engineering, Rio Haryanto at iSport International, Romain Grosjean at Dams, Davide Rigon at Rapax, Alexander Rossi at Arden International, Karun Chandhok at Ocean Racing Technology and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs at Scuderia Coloni.
The three-hour morning session was only briefly interrupted by one red flag, thus, all twenty-four drivers could benefit fully from continuous track time with Sam Bird - today at the wheel of an iSport car - the first one to top the timesheets. However, after dominating Day 2 of these post season tests, Rapax’s Fabio Leimer, on his fifth lap today, set his laptime in a 1:47.856, a lap that nobody could then better. Josef Kral, today at Arden International, came very close to the Swiss’ best, along with DPR’s Michael Herck while Bird had to settle for fourth quickest, a shy two tenths away from Leimer.
The afternoon session started with Grosjean setting up the pace ahead of Bird, but Leimer would simply not let anyone else shine, going at the top of the timesheets once again early in the session. In the last thirty minutes, Herck went quickest woth Bird in tow, but Rapax’s Swiss ace improved even more and finished the day in the top spot ahead of the Romanian. Behind them was Bird, Grosjean, Dani Clos at Trident and Marcus Ericsson. Roberto Merhi adjusted well to the Racing Engineering car by claiming best rookie of the day.
The final GP2 testing action of 2010 will be on Sunday