Abu Dhabi practice – track conditions will be key for qualifying

Checking out the results from this morning’s practice session, it is clear the track conditions will be key for the afternoon’s qualifying session.  With the track continuously dirty from the sand and with little rubber, reading the track will be one of the most important factors later today.

The F1 cars will put some more rubber on the road, but watching their first practice session it seems as though they are also being extremely cautious on a very slippery track.   This may not help GP2 that much, but any rubber that is laid down will help.

In terms of practice results, Valsecchi was almost 1.5 seconds clear of Marcus Ericsson’s ART – precisely because of a late run that was not matched by other drivers.   Herck did the same, claiming 3rd place towards the end of the session.

During most of the session, the “usual suspects” were on top:  Filippi and Rodríguez, with many rookies up there as well – most notably Bird, Leimer, Rossi and Piscopo.

Let’s see what happens in qualifying… don’t forget to vote on the poll for tomorrow’s race.

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3 Responses to Abu Dhabi practice – track conditions will be key for qualifying

  1. spudy says:

    clearly Valesecchi’s speed wasn’t just because of the late run, he’s on pole.

  2. gp2 insider says:

    Thanks for your insight.

  3. Spudy says:

    he also just won the race

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