Montmeló – Day 1 results

The usual suspects on top of the time sheets at the Barcelona circuit on Day 1 of the final pre-season tests.   Alvaro Parente, winner of the feature race here in 2008 with Super Nova, was fastest in the morning session and ended up with the 2nd fastest time overall.  A good result for Ocean, who no doubt had this type of results in mind when signing up Parente (with a limited budget, no doubt).    Belgian Jerome d’Ambrosio also put it a good showing today, putting his DAMS GP2 ahead of many favourites such as Maldonado, Hulkenberg or Grosjean.  The French Barwa Campos driver had serious problems finding the right setup, completing a total of 46 laps but ending up 19th in both test sessions.

The trend of seeing “temporary drivers” at the bottom continues, with Rigon, Jakes and Teixeira closing out the list (alongside a very slow Luiz Razia).  As opposed to the Paul Ricard test, all these drivers completed a good set of laps – the only exception being DPR’s Jakes during the morning session (8 laps).

Weather in Barcelona tomorrow should be equally good for the teams, as they prepare for the final 2 days of testing.

Summary of Day 1:

1. Lucas DiGrassi: 1’27″471

2. Alvaro Parente: 1’27″733

3. Jerome d’Ambrosio: 1’27″854

4. Vitaly Petrov: 1’27″897

5. Pastor Maldonado: 1’27″936

6. Nico Hulkenberg: 1’27″973

7. Javier Villa: 1’28″036

8. Davide Valsecchi: 1’28″077

9. Roldan Rodriguez: 1’28″123

10. Kamui Kobayashi: 1’28″159

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