Alexander Rossi has claimed the quickest time on the opening day of the pre-season GP2 Series tests in Bahrain.
Following on from the recent three-day test at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, the Formula 1 feeder category saw Rossi (EQ8 Caterham) spear to the top in 1:40.604s in a frantic close to the session.
After Kiwi sensation Mitch Evans (Russian Time) went quickest and was the first driver to dip below the 1:41s bracket, Rossi assumed the top, just shading Daniel Abt (1:40.616s).
Evans ended with the third quickest time in 1:40.680s ahead of Conor Daly (Venezuela GP Lazarus) in 1:40.734s with Jolyon Palmer, a star of the Abu Dhabi tests, fifth in 1:40.769s.
Earlier in the morning session, Hilmer driver Abt claimed the fastest time in 1:40.676s ahead of Campos driver Arthur Pic (1:41.192s) while Abt’s team-mate, Tacu Regalia, was third fastest in 1:41.327s.