Oliver Turvey took his second course record of the week as he topped the times in the morning of the final day of testing, while Jean-Eric Vergne became the third driver to crash at the “dangerous” chicanes.
Vergne put in some very quick laps to end the session in third place behind Turvey and Daniel Abt, but had his session interrupted following a collision with the controversial false chicanes which punctuate the main straight, a predicament which both Sam Bird and James Rossiter have found themselves in throughout the week.
Meanwhile, Turvey was on form once again following his course record from the single chicane layout and took the fastest time of the new two chicane configuration, a 1:21.822s, to cement his place as one of the ones to watch for Hong Kong.
Aside from Vergne’s excursion, the session remained relatively uneventful with drivers putting in as many laps as possible to collect all the data they could in preparation for the opening event of Season 4.
Just off the morning podium was Felix Rosenqvist in fourth, with Sebastien Buemi, Alex Lynn and Nico Prost close to the Swede, while Sam Bird, Luca Filippi, Nelson Piquet Jr and Mitch Evans all lapped within a second of Turvey’s new benchmark.