Jerez Day 3 – morning session: Dani Clos on top in drying session

With the expecation of seeing both Bruno Senna and Sebastien Loeb on track at Jerez, the local boys from Fat Burner loeb jerezRacing Engineering have pulled a 1-2 in the morning session with Dani Clos and Jerome D’Ambrosio.

At the end, Senna placed 14th and Loeb 18th, though as Tap points out in a comment, the track was drying throughout the session so times may not be comparable.  Bad day overall for ART, with both Charouz and Ericsson at the bottom, though again, attributed to red flags and a changing track. Read more of this post

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Jerez Day 2 – afternoon session: Kamui states his case

Kamui has come back motivated from his non-drive at the Japanese F1 GP.   He probably wanted to show the F1 stewards that they should have let him drive!  He had a strong morning session and has topped the afternoon one.  Times are almost 9-tenths slower than the morning times.  Kam’s top afternoon time would have been good enough for 10th this morning.

Up there as well are D’Ambrosio, van der Garde, Nunes and Vietoris.  Racing Engineering has shown good form these past 2 days, raising its level in the eyes of potential driver for 2010.

Good to see Leimer and Ericsson up on top of the time charts, though Marcus’ time is actually slower than this morning while Fabio’s is practically the same.  Read more of this post

Jerez Day 2 – morning session: van der Garde is back.

Giedo van der Garde is back, after a day of trials in the UK with Force India, and has come back strong.  With the Barwa car he is on top, over a tenth clear of an impressive Valerio who today is using Valsecchi’s car from yesterday.  Something up with Coloni?  Looking good…  D’Ambrosio stays in the top 5 after changing teams (good sign for a driver), as does Vietoris.  Bianchi not at Jerez today (or tomorrow)… pity. Read more of this post

Confirmed Jerez 3-day test list

List as published by the Jerez circuit.  Durango with only 1 driver each day (thanks Hayley!).  Full list:@Jerez Day1@Jerez Day2@Jerez Day3

Updated: GP2 Jerez Test- Driver lineup

Keeping this post open for the comments…. See full confirmed Jerez list in post above.  Thanks to all for your inputs!  We’ll do it all over again in a month for the Paul Ricard GP2 Main test.  At the end, apparently no Durango.

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

2009 Paul Ricard test results

March 11-13 saw the first taste of the 2009 GP2 season at the Paul Ricard test circuit. 3 track configurations were used in the 3 testing days, with the following top 5 in each:

Day 1:
Javier Villa – Super Nova: 1’11″930
Lucas DiGrassi – Racing Engineering – 1’12″079
Kamui Kobayashi – DAMS – 1’12″140
Romain Grosjean – Barwa Addax – 1’12″262
Pastor Maldonado – ART – 1’12″270 Read more of this post