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Rossi GP2 test 2014

American driver quickest in Day 1 at Bahrain International Circuit
The final GP2 Series pre-season test session opened today at Bahrain International Circuit on a dirty track. There was one change in the drivers’ entry list compared to last week as Vittorio Ghirelli joined Trident in car 22. Pirelli provided every driver with five sets of Hard compounds and two sets of Soft compounds for the three days of testing.
Stoffel Vandoorne was the first driver to feed onto the track as soon as the lights turned green, but it was Jolyon Palmer who set the early pace. The first half of the session was pretty quiet as drivers waited for the track to get cleaner. Kimiya Sato was the first man to set a laptime inside the 1m42s with Daniel De Jong first and then Julian Leal bettering the Japanese’s time to snatch the top spot. Facu Regalia broke the 1m42s barrier along with Mitch Evans, but the Kiwi remained two tenths slower than the Argentine driver. Rio Haryanto found some extra pace to set a laptime of 1:41.400, but Felipe Nasr went even quicker and with one hour left on the clock, the Brazilian sat pretty at the top of the standings. Regalia was on a mission and improved on Nasr’s laptime by five hundredths. Twenty minutes before the end of the session, a red flag briefly halted the proceedings as Takuya Izawa stopped on track. The action resumed but a second red flag happened soon after when Simon Trummer hit the kerb at Turn 10 and stopped on track. In the dying minutes, Arthur Pic moved up to P1, but at the chequered flag it was Daniel Abt who dipped under 1m41s and finished the session at the top, five tenths ahead of Pic. Abt’s teammate Regalia, Nasr, Haryanto, Alexander Rossi, Stéphane Richelmi, Evans, Johnny Cecotto and Jon Lancaster completed the top ten.
The afternoon session saw Palmer taking to the track first, but it was Vandoorne who set the early pace in a 1:41.916. As the clock ticked down, the top spot was claimed successively by Richelmi, Raffaele Marciello and Nasr. Evans became the first man to go under 1m41s and stayed on top of the standings until there were thirty minutes left in the session. Conor Daly went quickest in a 1:40.734, but countryman Rossi was able to go one tenth faster to snatch P1. Abt moved up to P2 just before the session was shortly red flagged. The session was restarted with only ten minutes left on the clock. Evans moved up to P3 on his final attempt and at the chequered flag, Rossi remained the quickest man of the day ahead of Abt and Evans. Behind the trio, Daly, Palmer, Cecotto, Marciello, Ghirelli, Nasr and Vandoorne completed the top ten.
Tomorrow’s session will start at 9am local time.
Morning results
Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:40.676
2. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:41.192
3. Facu Regalia Hilmer Motorsport 1:41.327
4. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:41.352
5. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:41.400
6. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:41.460
7. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:41.631
8. Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:41.663
9. Johnny Cecotto Trident 1:41.671
10. Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1:41.711
11. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:41.739
12. André Negrao Arden International 1:41.849
Julian Leal Carlin 1:41.986
14. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:41.995
15. Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:42.122
16. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:42.189
17. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:42.231
18. Rene Binder Arden International 1:42.286
19. Daniiel de Jong MP Motorsport 1:42.348
Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:42.375
21. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 1:42.405
22. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax 1:42.600
23. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus
24. Vittorio Ghirelli Trident
25. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix
26. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix
Afternoon results
Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:40.604
2. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 1:40.616
3. Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 1:40.680
4. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:40.734
5. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1:40.769
6. Johnny Cecotto Trident 1:40.829
7. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 1:40.932
8. Vittorio Ghirelli
9. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:41.022
10. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:41.041
Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 1:41.045
12. Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
13. Facu Regalia
Hilmer Motorsport
14. Julian Leal
15. Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
16. Stéphane Richelmi
17. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 1:41.368
18. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering
19. Rene Binder Arden International
20. André Negrao Arden International
21. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax
22. Simon Trummer Rapax
23. Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME
24. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 1:42.013
25. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1:42.204
26. Daniiel De Jong MP Motorsport



Antonio Felix da Costa (Arden Caterham) has been in impressive form since breaking into Formula Renault 3.5 Series, and the Portuguese served further notice of his talent on Saturday, making a late dart past Sam Bird (ISR) to snatch his third win of the season. Having made a perfect start, the Briton had to settle for second, while Robin Frijns (Fortec Motorsports) took third to move into the points lead, ahead of Jules Bianchi (Tech 1 Racing), who suffered a last-lap mishap.

The yellow and red flags were out in force during a stop-start qualifying session, though the interruptions did not prevent championship leader Jules Bianchi from seizing his fifth pole of the campaign, ahead of Antonio Felix da Costa, Kevin Magnussen (Carlin) and Sam Bird. Second in the standings at the start of the day, Robin Frijns could only qualify in sixth.

Antonio Felix da Costa made the most of a slow start by Jules Bianchi to grab first as the lights went out, though Sam Bird was in the right place at the right time at turn one and promptly relieved the Portuguese of the lead. Right behind them in third was a surging Robin Frijns, with Kevin Magnussen fourth and poleman Jules Bianchi suddenly down in fifth.

While Antonio Felix da Costa clung on to Sam Bird’s tail, Robin Frijns pulled away from Kevin Magnussen, who had in turn pulled out a gap over Jules Bianchi. Behind them Will Stevens (Carlin) and Kevin Korjus (Lotus) diced it out for sixth.

As the laps went by, the front two pulled ever further away from Frijns, Magnussen and Bianchi, who were engaged in an increasingly tight scrap, the Frenchman getting right on the tail of the Dane and the Dutchman, with Will Stevens and Kevin Korjus not very far behind either.

Antonio Felix da Costa and Sam Bird were treading much more carefully up ahead, though with 12 minutes remaining the Portuguese dived past the Briton on the final chicane and sped off to make it three wins for the season, with Bird settling for second and Robin Frijns doing likewise for third.

To their rear Jules Bianchi was doing all he could to grab fourth from a determined Kevin Magnussen, the Frenchman making a last-lap assault on the Dane that ended with the two of them spinning off. Both were able to resume, however, Magnussen coming home in fifth and Bianchi seventh, the Frenchman now trailing new championship leader Robin Frijns by four points heading into Sunday’s title-deciding race.

What they said:

Antonio Felix da Costa: “This win is reward for all the work we’ve been doing with the team since I came into Formula Renault 3.5 Series. I don’t want to get involved in the championship race, and I’m just trying to stay out of trouble and not hit anyone. I got past Sam (Bird) fair and square, which is the important thing.”

Sam Bird: “My tyres went after three laps. Antonio could see that and he waited until the time was right to make his move. The championship could have been all over for me today, but I’m still in with a chance of clinching the title tomorrow. We now know who the top three are going to be. We just have to wait and see what the order will be.”

Robin Frijns: “I needed a good getaway from sixth and that’s just what I got. When I realised I couldn’t keep up with the front two I just focused on Kevin Magnussen. I made sure of my place at the end of the race and I’m on top in the standings again, though there’s still all to play for tomorrow.”



While all eyes are on the championship duel between Jules Bianchi (Tech 1 Racing), Robin Frijns (Fortec Motorsports) and Sam Bird (ISR), Antonio Felix da Costa (Arden Caterham) and Kevin Magnussen (Carlin) are in no mood to make up the numbers on the final weekend of the season. The Dane and the Portuguese shone in the dry and the wet in Friday’s two collective testing sessions, while the three leaders in the points went about their preparations for the final push of the campaign.

Rain was falling when the 26 drivers arrived for the final two Formula Renault 3.5 Series collective testing sessions of the season. Among them was Hungarian racer Tamas Pal Kiss, who is making his return for BVM Target. Competing on their last weekend in the category are Franco-Russian outfit Team RFR, who will make way for AV Formula on Monday.

Nico Muller (International Draco Racing) and Sam Bird were the first to settle in the wet conditions, though the session was soon interrupted by a red flag when Daniel Abt (Tech 1 Racing) went off.

On the resumption, Antonio Felix da Costa made the most of a clear track to set a fastest lap of 1:51.961, putting him ahead of Sam Bird and Nico Muller before the red flag came out again, this time when Yann Cunha (Pons Racing) and Tamas Pal Kiss had grassy moments. The Portuguese stayed out front in what remained of the opening session, leading the way from Sam Bird and Nico Muller, with Will Stevens (Carlin) and Arthur Pic (Dams) rounding off the top five.

Slicks were the only option in the afternoon, by which time track conditions had improved considerably. Kevin Korjus (Lotus) set the tempo before a short neutralisation period triggered by Arthur Pic grinding to a halt on the track. Antonio Felix da Costa was at it again on the restart as he went fastest in a time of 1:31.481, with Kevin Magnussen second, just 0.040s off the pace.

Kevin Korjus then barged in front, while Antonio Felix da Costa collided with the track barrier, prompting the red flag to put in another appearance and leading to the Portuguese’s fastest time being wiped, in accordance with the regulations. Then, with just a few seconds to go before the chequered flag, Kevin Magnussen went top of the times with a lap of 1:30.736, the day’s quickest. Completing the top five behind him were Kevin Korjus, Sam Bird, Alexander Rossi (Arden Caterham) and Will Stevens (Carlin).

What they said:

Kevin Magnussen: “I’d rather be involved in the title battle with Jules Bianchi, Robin Frijns and Sam Bird. All the same, this is the type of weekend where there’s always something going on. All in all it’s been a disappointing season because we’ve shown we’ve got the pace and we’ve had the means to do well in the overall standings. We’ve just lacked consistency and success, which is all part of the learning process at the highest level. Even so, I really want to finish the season on a high note.”

Antonio Felix da Costa: “The car went very well in the wet this morning. It started the afternoon well too, but I came across a wet kerb as I was overtaking some slower cars and just lost it. Luckily there wasn’t too much damage. I’m going to drive the same way as I have at other weekends, racing my race without bothering about what everyone else is doing and trying to avoid any kind of contact.”

Jules Bianchi: “I need to look on this as just another weekend and not put any extra pressure on myself. There’s no point in that. We went about our work today the same way we usually do, though I’m still not that happy with the car this afternoon. We need to work out why that is. It’s good to be in the lead, but my main objective is to have a competitive car for the rest of the weekend.”

F1Weekly podcast # 567

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Limited Running for Rossi and Arden Caterham WSR Team in Barcelona Test

Circuit de Catalunya, Montmelo,  Alexander Rossi joined his Arden Caterham Motorsport World Series by Renault team for the second collective FR3.5 test at the Circuit de Catalunya, near Barcelona this week. However torrential rain, mixed conditions, mechanical and electrical car issues meant that the newly formed squad made limited progress into its planned running programme on either day of the test.

Day one provided extremely wet conditions from the start, but with Alexander setting the fastest lap time straight out of the box. Unfortunately luck was not on his side and on lap 4 he lost his engine and had to return to the garage. The rookie Arden Caterham team spent the next six hours checking all aspects of the car to ascertain the problem, before the initial suspected engine issue was finally resolved. Alexander returned to the track with only half an hour of the afternoon session remaining, only to be hindered by 23 Red Flags punctuating his valuable track time. In a window where the track had dried out enough, the team sent Alexander out on new slick tyres, but he was only able to complete one lap before the afternoon session was timed out. At the end of the day Alexander had only completed 19 laps to finish 16th overall on the time sheet.

On day two the Arden Caterham team started to make headway in to its morning testing programme when Alexander’s car encountered an electrical issue. Following sometime in the pits whilst his team worked on a resolution, Alexander then set out to complete only 28 laps in the morning session. The afternoon brought excessively changeable weather conditions and with tyres that afforded him grip in either full wet or dry conditions, Alexander and his team struggled to extract the maximum out of his No: 25 car. With several more Red Flag situations coupling the team’s tyre issues, Alexander was unable to improve on his best lap time of 1:49.530 and 10th position overall after completing 66 laps for the day.

Alexander Rossi, Car No: 25, Arden Caterham Motorsport

“It has been a slightly frustrating test as we lost nearly all of day one. With a new car the mileage and accumulated data in testing is invaluable to the team. These past two days have been all about timing and that’s the frustrating part, but it’s a big part of the sport and as a driver you never want to get used to it. In such changeable weather conditions, finding that window of opportunity to run on the right tyres is crucial, and this combined with so many Red Flags made it a tough call when to send me out. We were very quick in the full wet or dry, but in the damp conditions we ran into some teething problems. There were also a lot of positives from the test and things discovered we would not have found had we not had the down time on day one. I feel right at home with the team and work very well with everyone. I’ll spend quite a bit of time in the workshop over the next couple of weeks as we prepare for final test at Aragon at month end. I’m confident with some mileage and dry running that we’ll be in good shape for the opening rounds next month.”

George Commins, Engineer, Car: 25, Arden Caterham Motorsport

“It’s been a productive two days at Barcelona at which we have collated a lot of data and moved forwards with developing the car in the wet. Alexander has integrated very well in to the team, providing fantastic feedback and direction in the challenging conditions. We are looking forward to the final test in Motorland Aragon where we aim to complete a comprehensive test plan in hopefully dry conditions.”

Julian Rouse, Sporting Director, Arden Caterham Motorsport

“Barcelona has been a challenging couple of days, having to deal with technical issues that are frustrating, but not uncommon with new cars. However, Alexander has again done a fantastic job working with everyone on the team, helping to continue to move forward with our understanding of how the car needs to be set up for the damp and wet conditions. Missing day one with technical issues really put us on catch up mode from a performance side, but we have gathered some really useful data on day two that will move us forward in the up and coming events.”