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GP2

Rio Haryanto quickest on Day 2

RIO HARYANTO QUICKEST ON DAY 2—

Rio Haryanto topped the second day of post season testing at the Yas Marina Circuit. The Indonesian who switched to EQ8 Caterham Racing today set a laptime of 1:49.203 this evening. In the morning session, it was FIA Formula 3 European Champion Raffaele Marciello who led the way. 

When the pitlane opened this morning, Stoffel Vandoorne (ART) was quick to set the early pace ahead of Rio Haryanto, the Indonesian driver having moved to Caterham for the day. Thirty minutes into the session however, it was Jolyon Palmer who topped the timesheet in 1:50.556 with the DAMS car. The Briton remained the fastest man on track until the final hour when Marciello broke under the 1m50s barrier with a laptime of 1:49.964. In the closing stages of the session, the Trident man found some extra pace and improved his personal best by four tenths. Julian Leal who switched to Arden today also dipped under 1m50s but remained four tenths slower than Marciello. At the Chequered flag, behind the pair of Marciello and Leal, Haryanto, Stéphane Richelmi, Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin), GP3 graduate Tio Ellinas (MP Motorsport), Hilmer’s Daniel Abt and Rene Binder, and Andre Negrao (Racing Engineering) completed the top ten.
 
When the second session of the day opened at night-time, Haryanto was quick to set the pace in 1:50.141, but it was Vandoorne who first dipped under 1m50s. The Belgian’s time was bettered then by Will Stevens (Caterham) with Johnny Cecotto (Lazarus) a shy one thousandth slower. The session was red flagged after Arthur Pic stopped his ART car on track. When the proceedings resumed, Haryanto found some extra pace to set a laptime of 1:49.203 which was never beaten. The final thirty minutes of the session saw Palmer surge to P2 ahead of Marciello and Vandoorne. Ellinas, Daniel Abt (Hilmer), Stevens, Cecotto, Negrao and Binder completed the top ten.
 
Tomorrow’s final day will see some more changes in the entry list starting with Vandoorne moving to DAMS whilst Conor Daly will test at ART alongside Nikolay Martsenko. Nathanaël Berthon will join Arden with Pic whilst Marciello and Mitch Evans will join Racing Engineering for the day. Carlin will welcome Andre Negrao and Addax will test with Facu Regalia. Johnny Cecotto will switch to Rapax. Trident will have a new line up made of Giovanni Venturini and Gianmarco Raimondo. Leal will move to Hilmer. Finally, Lazarus will test Dani Clos and Binder.
Morning results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Raffaele Marciello
Trident Racing
1:49.598
16
2.
Julian Leal
Arden International
1:49.917
26
3.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:50.261
27
4.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:50.341
26
5.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:50.471
27
6.
Jazeman Jaafar
Carlin
1:50.483
24
7.
Tio Ellinas
MP Motorsport
1:50.505
26
8.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:50.568
24
9.
Rene Binder
Hilmer Motorsport
1:50.602
25
10.
Andre Negrao
Racing Engineering
1:50.655
28
11.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:50.680
29
12.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:50.827
33
13.
Will Stevens
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:50.829
23
14.
Nico Müller
Racing Engineering
1:50.948
24
15.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Barwa Addax Team
1:50.998
28
16.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:51.127
17
17.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:51.141
24
18.
Arthur Pic
ART Grand Prix
1:51.155
31
19.
Carlos Huertas
Carlin
1:51.389
31
20.
Giovanni Venturini
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:51.399
27
21.
Pietro Fantin
Arden International
1:51.495
33
22.
Sandy Stuvik
Rapax
1:51.589
21
23.
Adderly Fong
Trident Racing
1:51.965
30
24.
Jordan King
Barwa Addax Team
1:52.162
31
25.
Johnny Cecotto
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:52.718
28
26.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:53.281
43
Evening results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:49.203
27
2.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:49.338
34
3.
Raffaele Marciello
Trident Racing
1:49.411
33
4.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:49.542
29
5.
Tio Ellinas
MP Motorsport
1:49.630
32
6.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:49.645
23
7.
Will Stevens
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:49.664
25
8.
Johnny Cecotto
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:49.665
27
9.
Andre Negrao
Racing Engineering
1:49.744
29
10.
Rene Binder
Hilmer Motorsport
1:49.755
31
11.
Nico Müller
Racing Engineering
1:49.803
27
12.
Julian Leal
Arden International
1:49.859
23
13.
Jordan King
Barwa Addax Team
1:49.952
23
14.
Arthur Pic
ART Grand Prix
1:50.005
17
15.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:50.028
25
16.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:50.056
29
17.
Jazeman Jaafar
Carlin
1:50.207
29
18.
Giovanni Venturini
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:50.249
27
19.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:50.468
19
20.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Barwa Addax Team
1:50.499
24
21.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
1:50.581
23
22.
Sandy Stuvik
Rapax
1:50.633
18
23.
Carlos Huertas
Carlin
1:50.706
28
24.
Pietro Fantin
Arden International
1:50.742
26
25.
Adderly Fong
Trident Racing
1:51.089
28
26.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:51.701
23

GP3

Dean Stoneman (Koiranen GP)

STONEMAN QUICKEST ON DAY 1 OF POST SEASON TESTING—

The 2013 GP3 race season may be over but the action resumed in Abu Dhabi with three days of post-season testing. Dean Stoneman who stormed to a podium in Sunday’s Race 2 at the Yas Marina Circuit led the way in both the morning and afternoon sessions with a best laptime of 1:55.829
 
Carlin’s Jan Mardenborough was first onto the track in the morning session which saw a full line-up of 27 cars taking part in the test. The British driver lapped in the 1m57’s with Adderly Fong (Koiranen GP) topping the timesheets early on. There was a short delay covered by the red flags when David Fumanelli made light contact with the barrier at Turn 8 in the Jenzer Motorsport car.
 
As the clock ticked down and the session continued, the times tumbled and it was Stoneman who shot to P1 and headed into the 1m56’s bracket. Dino Zamparelli testing for the MW Arden outfit was a few tenths off the Koiranen GP driver, with Alex Fontana in the ART Grand Prix machine third.
 
GP3 Series welcomed RUSSIAN TIME to the tests – the team who’ve replaced Bamboo Engineering and they had experience at the helm in the form of Sam Bird who was on hand for some development tests. The Brit was consistent and in the top four with Kevin Korjus (Status Grand Prix) just behind.
 
At the chequered flag, it was Stoneman, Patric Niederhauser, Zamparelli, Bird and Korjus. Jan Mardenborough was the highest placed rookie in sixth place, ahead of Melville McKee, Alex Fontana, Roman de Beer and Emil Bernstorff.
 
Following GP2’s turn on track, GP3 resumed to track activity for the afternoon session. The red flags were waved for a stoppage on track with Kevin Joerg’s stricken car. ART Grand Prix’s Pierre Gasly shot to the top of the timings, first to break into the 1m55’s and remained on top for an hour until Marussia Manor Racing’s Oliver Rowland lapped a few hundredths quicker to steal P1. As the test drew to a close, fastest man from this morning Stoneman was back on it…and clocked the best time of the day to end the day on top.
 
With a few clouds appearing and light wind, the temperatures were slightly cooler as the session continued. At the chequered flag it finished as Stoneman, Gasly (fastest rookie), Rowland, Bird, Korjus, Fontana, Marvin Kirchhofer, Mardenborough, de Beer and Nick Cassidy.
 
Day 2 of testing for GP3 will run with the same schedule as today with the morning test at 09.00 – 11.30 and the afternoon 15.00 – 17.30 (local times).
Day 1 Test – Morning Session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
1:56.278
18
2.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:56.584
19
3.
Dino Zamparelli
MW Arden
1:56.649
18
4.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:56.711
16
5.
Kevin Korjus
Status Grand Prix
1:56.837
16
6.
Jan Mardenborough
Carlin
1:56.858
22
7.
Melville McKee
Marussia Manor Racing
1:56.921
25
8.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:56.927
20
9.
Roman de Beer
Trident
1:56.986
27
10.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
1:57.067
24
11.
Pierre Gasly
ART Grand Prix
1:57.198
19
12.
Marvin Kirchhofer
MW Arden
1:57.211
20
13.
Oliver Rowland
Marussia Manor Racing
1:57.430
12
14.
Edward Jones
MW Arden
1:57.511
16
15.
Jimmy Eriksson
RUSSIAN TIME
1:57.635
8
16.
Adderly Fong
Koiranen GP
1:57.665
20
17.
Emanuele Zonzini
ART Grand Prix
1:57.670
19
18.
David Fumanelli
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.881
15
19.
Jordan King
Status Grand Prix
1:57.883
5
20.
Nick Cassidy
Status Grand Prix
1:58.023
19
21.
Nicholas Latifi
Carlin
1:58.349
21
22.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
1:58.701
21
23.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:58.771
26
24.
Kevin Joerg
Jenzer Motorsport
1:59.080
26
25.
Ivan Taranov
Trident
1:59.225
27
26.
Juan Branger
Trident
2.02.334
20
27.
Kuba Dalewski
RUSSIAN TIME
2:03.730
6
Day 1 Test – Afternoon Session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
1:55.829
25
2.
Pierre Gasly
ART Grand Prix
1:55.940
29
3.
Oliver Rowland
Marussia Manor Racing
1:55.967
17
4.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:56.028
27
5.
Kevin Korjus
Status Grand Prix
1:56.419
24
6.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
1:56.432
25
7.
Marvin Kirchhofer
MW Arden
1:56.468
26
8.
Jan Mardenborough
Carlin
1:56.469
33
9.
Roman de Beer
Trident
1:56.549
23
10.
Nick Cassidy
Status Grand Prix
1:56..603
16
11.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:56.614
24
12.
Dino Zamparelli
MW Arden
1:56.628
25
13.
Adderly Fong
Koiranen GP
1:56.653
25
14.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
1:56.678
33
15.
Edward Jones
MW Arden
1:56.845
23
16.
Jimmy Eriksson
RUSSIAN TIME
1:56.904
28
17.
Emanuele Zonzini
ART Grand Prix
1:57.019
29
18.
Melville McKee
Marussia Manor Racing
1:57.247
23
19.
David Fumanelli
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.269
20
20.
Jordan King
Status Grand Prix
1:57.274
26
21.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
1:57.295
22
22.
Nicholas Latifi
Carlin
1:57.381
30
23.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:57.675
25
24.
Ivan Taranov
Trident
1:57.978
30
25.
Juan Branger
Trident
1:58.652
34
26.
Kevin Joerg
Jenzer Motorsport
1:58.798
14
27.
Kuba Dalewski
RUSSIAN TIME
1:59.116
30

GP2

Series leader fastest in Abu Dhabi
Series leader fastest in Abu Dhabi

LEIMER LEADS THE WAY IN FREE PRACTICE—

Fabio Leimer has started the final weekend of the 2013 GP2 Series in fine style after claiming the top spot in this morning’s free practice session at Yas Marina Circuit, stealing the spot in his final lap to head title rival Sam Bird and Dani Clos.
 
The points leader set a time of 1:51.766 on his final lap to claim best time from Bird, but the Englishman appeared to be on a faster lap before slowing slightly in the final sector, relinquishing the position he had held for much of the session in the process.
 
The practice session took place under blazing skies, with times tumbling throughout as the drivers came to grips with the circuit and their tyres: Jolyon Palmer set the first competitive lap before Bird claimed the top spot just 8 minutes in, improving his time later before Clos took over on the leaderboard with just over ten minutes remaining.
 
As the pace improved a number of drivers ran wide, showing just how hard they were working to improve their times: Bird regained the top spot with four minutes remaining, but Leimer laid down a marker for the championship battle as the chequered flag came out.
 
Alexander Rossi, James Calado, Tom Dillmann, Jon Lancaster, Stéphane Richelmi, Johnny Cecotto and Felipe Nasr filled the timesheets behind the top three, with just one second covering the first 11 drivers: the pace promises to heat up even more when qualifying starts a few hours from now.
Abu Dhabi – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:51.766
10
2.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:51.924
13
3.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
1:52.019
11
4.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:52.061
13
5.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:52.162
11
6.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:52.175
12
7.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:52.543
12
8.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:52.573
14
9.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:52.583
12
10.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:52.697
14
11.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:52.709
14
12.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:52.801
13
13.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:52.822
14
14.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:52.853
13
15.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:52.870
11
16.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:52.973
12
17.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:53.225
13
18.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:53.383
13
19
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:53.472
13
20.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:53.552
12
21.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
1:53.638
11
22.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:53.750
11
23.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:53.986
10
24.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:54.435
14
25.
Gianmarco Raimondo
Trident Racing
1:55.291
14
26.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
2:00.043
10

F1Weekly podcast # 536

Photo: Vitorino Araújo


F1weekly and Renault Sport F1 preview to the Abu Dhabi GP

The 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship reaches its final furlong this weekend with the penultimate race on the calendar, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Held at the Yas Marina circuit built on an island in the Persian Gulf just outside the centre of Abu Dhabi, it’s a state of the art complex that dwarves anything else in the series.

The circuit, designed by Hermann Tilke, skirts round the huge new Marina and ultra-modern hotels and leisure complexes in a 5.554km loop. A long straight runs parallel with the harbour before switching back in a series of right angled corners along its front before passing spectacularly underneath the Yas Marina hotel reception. These slow to medium turns make it a relatively undemanding circuit for the RS27 engine, but the proximity to the ocean and the desert can throw up some unusual challenges for Renault Sport F1 engineers.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix facts and figures

Abu Dhabi is a typical modern track with very few fast corners. The quickest complex is between turns 2 and 5 where speeds will be between 240 and 290kph. The car and driver will be subject to high lateral forces through this flowing section, pulling between +/-5g whilst changing direction.

During the Friday practice sessions, it’s possible to run two different engine maps to deal with the very different temperatures between FP1 and FP2. FP1 takes place during the afternoon when temperatures can be very hot while FP2 takes place after sunset. Since the grip levels, tyre warm up and air pressure will change, the engine also needs to respond to this new set of parameters.

Sand and grit blown in from the desert can be ingested into the engine via the air intakes, causing damage to the internals but also creating potential blockage points that can affect the cooling of the engine. Special filters may be run to minimize the risks of taking in too much sand.

The long straight between turns seven and eight is nearly 1.2km and the RS27 will be at full throttle for 14secs, reaching speeds of over 310kph. Calibration of gear ratios is crucial for this straight; seventh gear must be right to get the best power under acceleration whilst allowing a competitive end of straight speed with DRS active. But also the braking zone at the end of the straight will see the driver brake down to second gear, meaning the engine must be set up to give good rear stability under braking.

The third part of the track from turn 11 through to the final turn 21 features mainly right hand corners that are taken in second or third gear. The average speed through this section is just 160kph so the RS27 will be set up to give good driveability through this slower section whilst being responsive for the short bursts of power between turns.

The drivers’ view
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing

I have great memories from Abu Dhabi, for obvious reasons. It will be good to go back and really enjoy it. The Yas Marina circuit is a modern track with very few fast corners, but a combination of tight right-angle corners through the final sector and very long straights followed by hairpins in sector two. The engine needs to be good through all the rev ranges for this reason; we’ve got to have good top end power for the 1.2km back straight but driveability through the final corners. Renault Sport F1 has done a great job on this type of circuit configuration this year so I’m confident we’ll have the power and response when we need it.

The engineers’ view

Head of Renault Sport F1 track operations Rémi Taffin gives his thoughts on Abu Dhabi

The Yas Marina circuit is a very modern style track; mainly slow to medium corners, long straights and tight hairpin bends. Only 55% of the track is spent at full throttle, with average speeds of 190kph, so it’s not massively demanding on the RS27 engines. Nevertheless it’s still a difficult track to get right from an engine engineer’s perspective due to the numerous external factors that need careful management.

Fuel consumption for instance is one of the highest of the year. The point-squirt nature of the track, particularly in the final sector, means the rate of consumption is particularly high, but the high atmospheric pressure due to being at sea level further increases the rate, putting Yas Marina alongside Melbourne in terms of the fuel levels needed at the start of the race.

Cooling is another major concern here. Ambient temperatures are high during the day (around 28°C) but cooler during the night (around 19°C), which potentially requires two different settings. However since the race starts in daylight but finishes after sunset, a compromised setting must be found.

There are now only two Grands Prix left this season and we’re pretty happy with our engine management across clients this year. We go to the final races able to introduce new units with all our drivers, which gives our partners a bit more flexibility. There are still a few more points to be won yet!

Did you know…

Renault Sport F1 has used some engines up to 2,800km in Friday practice sessions, allowing newer units to be introduced in qualifying and the race where the additional power is of real benefit. Steps taken to improve reliability over the winter and during the season have allowed this unprecedented amount of running.

Renault in the Gulf

Red Bull Racing-Renault has a 100% victory record at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel has won both races held at the Yas Marina track, with his 2010 victory securing the 2010 world championship title.

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Motorsports Mondial

Forza Mirza


Racer from Rawalpindi records his first win in Spain. “Copa Open” series features Formula BMW cars and is run by ex-Grand Prix driver Emilio de Villota.

Yastoor Mirza is a 22-year old aspiring racer from Rawalpindi, located in northern part of Pakistan. In the land of cricket and field hockey, Mirza finds his goal to be in single-seaters and winning races.

Before him drivers like Nur Ali, based in Dallas, Texas and UK-born and raised Adam Khan have represented Pakistan on world stage, most notably in the now defunct A1GP World Cup of Motorsport. Mirza is the first home grown talent to record racing success in International competition.

On Sunday, Mirza experienced his Kodak-moment when he snapped victory in “Copa Open” at the new Navarra circuit in Spain.

F1Weekly is pleased to present our ‘digital dialogue’ with Yastoor Mirza and wish him continued success in his racing adventure.

 

Q: How did you develop and how long have you been interested in motor racing?

A: I have been interested in Motorsport from the age of sixteen by a complete accident. This is when my brother took me to a go-kart track.

Q: What karting facilities and opportunities are available to young people in your part of the country?

A: There is one track in Islamabad and one in Bahria town.

Q: What has been your karting experience?

A: Six years experience.

Q: You recently tested entry level racing cars in England, what cars and tracks you practiced?

A: I have been to various tracks in the UK, Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Thruxton, Three Sisters and Rye House to name a few.

Q: What was your first impression of racing scene in England?

A: Probably one of the best facilities in the world.

Q: What made you decide to race in Spain?

A: Team Emilio De Villota is my sole reason to race in Spain.

Q: What is your main objective in your rookie season?

A: Win, win and win.

Q: Have you attended any racing schools or plan to?

A: I have had a racing course at Three Sisters in England last year.

Q: Motor racing is several laps down on Cricket and Hockey in Pakistan, is there any sponsorship available for your racing plans from local companies?

A: As we know motor racing is not one of the most popular sports in Pakistan. There are hardly any sponsors available.

Q: Who are the top three racing drivers in your opinion currently racing in Formula 1?

A: Vettel, Button and last, but not the least, Alonso!

 

— Nasir Hameed

 

Greetings and racing regards.

Motorsports Mondial

Photo: www.estebanracing.com

Gutierrez Goes GP2

Abu Dhabi: The sands of time and winds of change are blowing at the Yas Marina circuit. GP2, the official feeder series to the gates of heaven for its drivers, is in full swing in preparation for the Asian series which begins next weekend.

The established and experienced stars of the series are expected to engage in an F1-career making ‘battle royale’, both in the Asian version and the main series which will get under way in Istanbul in May.

Romain Grosjean set the pace on day one. The Geneva-based banker has previous, albeit brief, F1 experience. Now part of Gravity Management Romain has been knocking on F1’s door for some time with results to warrant a full time ride. At the age of 24, Grosjean’s only goal is to win the GP2 Championship this year. No excuses, no part time rides in Auto GP or FIA GT championships.

Jules Bianchi, from the south of France, has racing pedigree and multiple-championships to his name to warrant a seat in F1 next season. He placed a very credible third in his rookie GP2 season last year and is one of the favorites for the title this year. The 21-year old is also a proud member of Ferrari Driver Academy, and with Nicolas Todt managing his career the future is bright for the Brignoles boy.

Landing a victory in his rookie season at Monza gave Sam Bird high confidence and this year, now with iSport International, the 24-year old English driver is a serious contender for the championship. Last year he was fifth overall and apart from five podium finishes he also recorded four fastest laps.

Photo: www.estebanracing.com

Enter Esteban: It was only four years ago, near Salt Lake City, Utah that an young unknown Mexican driver made his motor racing debut by claiming pole position for both the opening races of the 2007 Formula BMW USA championship.

Fast forward to 2011 and Esteban Gutierrez has become the Monterrey Monster. In the last three years he has won two very competitive championships; the 2008 Formula BMW Europe and the inaugural GP3 series last year.

The 19-year old is teammate to Bianchi this year at renamed Lotus-ART team. Gutierrez will be racing against much more experienced drivers but if recent history is any indication most of them will be chasing the Rookie.

On Wednesday, the opening day of practice at the Yas Marina circuit, Gutierrez could only manage 34 laps due to a sand storm. Now there’s your first surprise of the season! The morning session saw him record 14th fastest time but in the afternoon session he was comfortably in top 10. His best time of 1m 50.727s placed him eighth.

The second day scenery shifted from sand storm to dense fog resulting in a delay of over two hours. James Jakes accident cut sort the final session by another 15 minutes. Esteban, eager to log more and faster laps, was left stranded with 13th fastest time.

Gutierrez reflected on two days of testing in the desert on his website www.estebanracing.com “There were two days of training but unfortunately we were not able to take advantage of them because of the weather. We didn’t complete our program and for that reason we have to be very efficient in the last two days.

“In the end we were able to do some basic stuff that in a way will help us understand the car better, once we have analyzed the data. We have to continue working and remain focused on our own program, not comparing ourselves to the other teams.

“The objective is not only to be quick, but also get to understand the car better under every situation that is presented to us during the season.”

Esteban and the GP2 entourage take to the track again next Sunday and Monday.

The 2011 GP2 Asia series will consist of six races, Yas Marina hosting the opening round, February 10-12. Bahrain will host the final two rounds, February 17-19, and the F1 support event, March 11-13.

— Nasir Hameed

Greetings and GP2 regards.