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29 de septiembre de 2011

TESTS GP2 JEREZ: ¡JAVI VILLA SORPRENDE CON UN 4º PUESTO!

Hoy ha sido un gran día para los intereses de Javi Villa en los tests desarrollados en el circuito de Jerez de la Frontera.Si ya ayer se avisaba de que progresaba rapidamente para tratarse de su primer día en un GP2 desde hace 1 año, lo de hoy muestra a las claras que no ha perdido ni un ápice de su rapidez, y que sigue conservando esa velocidad innata que siempre tuvo.El 4º puesto alcanzado esta mañana, de los 24 pilotos que estaban esta mañana en el circuito andaluz, lo situa como un piloto que sigue siendo plenamente válido para la categoria, y todavía joven como para tener una segunda oportunidad, con sus 23 años (a punto de 24).Un dato a tener en cuenta son los tiempos respecto a su compañero, Adam Carroll, ya que si ayer se mostraba a una distancia prudencial del inglés, hoy lo ha batido por 0,8 seg.En todo caso, no dejan de ser sólo tests, pero da una idea de que sigue estando preparado para subirse en un monoplaza y ser rápido desde el principio.

En todo caso, está claro que para pilotar un F1 necesitaría probar con antelación suficiente, sobre todo para sacar el máximo de los neumaticos más blandos (para restar todas esas décimas al crono) que es lo que más suele costar a los novatos en su primer año de F1.La Calificación fue siempre el punto débil de Javi, pero 1 año entero luchando en el WTCC contra pilotos que podrían ser su padre, preparando los coches y ajustando los setups en la máxima categoría de los turismos (salvando la Nascar) puede haber servido de mucho en la preparación de Javi a la hora de reglar la máquina con la que compite.Veremos a donde le lleva, pero lo que es seguro es que si se albergaban dudas sobre si le costaría ser competitivo en monoplazas de nuevo, estas las ha disipado entre las 2 joranadas de tests.Si la opción de la F1 con HRT no se concretara, siempre le quedará la opción de intentar de nuevo la GP2.La velocidad la conserva, veremos si consigue ahora un equipo como para hacer un papel suficientemente relevante como para que le catapulte a la máxima categoria.Los cimientos parece que por lo menos los ha puesto...


Fabio Leimer continued to set the pace on the second and final day of GP2 testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain.
Fabio LeimerThe Racing Engineering driver, who had been quickest in both of yesterday's sessions, posted a best time of 1:26.701 this morning to end on top of the timesheets again.
Leimer was followed by Coloni's Fabio Onidi, the Italian finishing less than two tenths behind in a very close morning session which saw a total of 14 drivers within a second.
Lotus ART's Jules Bianchi was fastest in the afternoon, but his time was nearly second off the pace set by Leimer in the morning. The 14 quickest times of the day were in fact set in the morning session.
Nigel Melker ended the day as third quickest in the Arden car, while GP2 returnee Javier Villa completed a promising day in the Super Nova machine by posting the fourth fastest time ahead of Kevin Ceccon in the second Coloni.
Ceccon caused the first red flag of th day just after the lunch break when he spun and stopped on track. There were another three stoppages before the end of the day.
The next post-season test will take place in Barcelona on October 19-20.


Morning times

Pos  Driver                      Team                      Time     Laps
 1.  Fabio Leimer                Racing Engineering        1:26.701  30
 2.  Fabio Onidi                 Scuderia Coloni           1:26.843  29
 3.  Nigel Melker                Arden International       1:26.899  36
 4.  Javier Villa                Super Nova Racing         1:26.913  24
 5.  Kevin Ceccon                Scuderia Coloni           1:26.954  23
 6.  Antonio Felix Da Costa      Ocean Racing Technology   1:26.991  28
 7.  Jules Bianchi               Lotus ART                 1:27.125  28
 8.  Sam Bird                    Trident Racing            1:27.127  12
 9.  Max Chilton                 Carlin                    1:27.158  32
10.  Julian Leal                 Trident Racing            1:27.211  39
11.  Stephane Richelmi           Rapax                     1:27.272  37
12.  Nathanael Berthon           iSport International      1:27.410  18
13.  Simon Trummer               Arden International       1:27.421  40
14.  Jolyon Palmer               Barwa Addax Team          1:27.691  30
15.  Tom Dillmann                iSport International      1:27.697  25
16.  Adam Carroll                Super Nova Racing         1:27.752  24
17.  Daniele Zampieri            Rapax                     1:27.771  35
18.  Alexander Rossi             Caterham Team AirAsia     1:27.897  37
19.  James Calado                Lotus ART                 1:27.903  31
20.  Rodolfo Gonzalez            Dams                      1:27.985  31
21.  Nico Muller                 Carlin                    1:28.359  31
22.  Giovanni Venturini          Dams                      1:28.805  32
23.  Jake Rosenweig              Barwa Addax Team          1:28.870  37
24.  Rupert Svendsen-Cook        Racing Engineering        1:29.106  37
25.  Ricardo Teixeira            Caterham Team AirAsia     1:29.788  29
26.  Yuki Shiraishi              Ocean Racing Technology   1:30.871  20

Afternoon times

Driver                           Team                      Time    Laps
 1.  Jules Bianchi               Lotus ART                 1:27.651  31
 2.  Sam Bird                    Trident Racing            1:27.740  21
 3.  Julian Leal                 Trident Racing            1:27.924  23
 4.  Simon Trummer               Arden International       1:28.016  22
 5.  James Calado                Lotus ART                 1:28.244  40
 6.  Alexander Rossi             Caterham Team AirAsia     1:28.479  31
 7.  Nathanael Berthon           iSport International      1:28.515  25
 8.  Max Chilton                 Carlin                    1:28.515  23
 9.  Kevin Ceccon                Scuderia Coloni           1:28.554  19
10.  Jolyon Palmer               Barwa Addax Team          1:28.728  27
11.  Tom Dillmann                iSport International      1:28.787  30
12.  Adam Carroll                Super Nova Racing         1:28.807  15
13.  Rodolfo Gonzalez            Dams                      1:28.868  34
14.  Jake Rosenzweig             Barwa Addax Team          1:28.910  31
15.  Rupert Svendsen-Cook        Racing Engineering        1:29.110  28
16.  Daniele Zampieri            Rapax                     1:29.227  18
17.  Stéphane Richelmi           Rapax                     1:29.413  31
18.  Giovanni Venturini          Dams                      1:29.437  31
19.  Nico Muller                 Carlin                    1:29.460  26
20.  Nigel Melker                Arden International       1:29.934  32
21.  Ricardo Teixeira            Caterham Team AirAsia     1:30.411  25
22.  Fabio Onidi                 Scuderia Coloni           1:30.554  30
23.  Fabio Leimer                Racing Engineering        1:30.885  24
24.  Yuki Shiraishi              Ocean Racing Technology   1:30.990  28
25.  Antonio Felix Da Costa      Ocean Racing Technology   1:32.065  18



GP2 : 2011 Jerez post season September test - Fabio Leimer dominates on Day 2


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While Arden International, Scuderia Coloni and Super Nova Racing did not change their line-up for today, the other teams welcomed new faces, including newcomers Rupert Svendsen-Cook at Racing Engineering, GP3 graduate Tom Dillmann at Barwa Addax, Giovanni Venturini at Dams, and Yuki Shiraishi at Ocean Racing Technology.

The morning session opened in cooler temperatures than the day before, Javier Villa set the early pace but his best lap time was soon improved by the Coloni pair Fabio Onidi and Kevin Ceccon.

At the half hour mark, it was yesterday’s fastest man Fabio Leimer in the Racing Engineering car who took advantage of better grip to again claim the top spot and his lap time of 1'26.701 remained unbeaten until the chequered flag, one tenth quicker than Onidi.

GP3 graduate Nigel Melker finished a mere five hundredths behind the Italian proving that he is adjusting well to his Arden machine on his second day of testing with the British team and Villa, Ceccon, roolie Felix Da Costa, Jules Bianchi, Sam Bird, Max Chilton and Julian Leal rounded out the top ten.
Following a one hour lunch break, the pit lane re-opened, but the session was quickly red flagged after Ceccon spun and stopped in the gravel trap.

At the restart, rookie James Calado at Lotus ART was free to set the early pace ahead of Bianchi and Bird, but just before the one hour mark, Bird at the wheel of his Trident car went top, half a second quicker than his countryman.

It was then Bianchi’s turn to claim top spot going one tenth faster than Bird as Julian Leal also at Trident moved up to P3.

The session was briefly red flagged three more times before the last hour of the session, and at the chequered flag, Bianchi retained his top spot ahead of Bird, Leal, Arden’s rookie Simon Trummer, Calado, GP2 returnee Alexander Rossi at Caterham Team AriAsia, iSport’s Nathanël Berthon, Chilton, Ceccon and Jolyon Palmer at Barwa Addax. Onidi ended this testing as best rookie.

Next 2011 post season test session will take place in Barcelona on October 19-20 and will be the final stop before flying to Abu Dhabi for the 2011 GP2 Final on November 11-12-13.

Fabio Leimer
“It was a very good day. Like yesterday we were quick straight away in the morning session. We worked on different solutions today, which helped us to improve the lap times even further. I was really happy with the morning session and in the afternoon we worked on long runs, taking advantage of the weather conditions to learn more about the behaviour of the tyres. We had two good days of testing and I would like to thank the team for the good work done.”

Rupert Svendsen-Cook
“I think we really progressed during the test day and I improved my lap time each outing. Arriving at the test on the second day without knowing the car or circuit before, made it a great challenge. I have to thank Racing Engineering for the opportunity today and for making my first transition into GP2 a competitive one.”

Alexander Rossi
“This afternoon was much better than this morning. It’s been a big adjustment for me to get used to the GP2 car, to say it’s different from a World Series car is an understatement, but once we’d figured out the balance it was good fun. We are missing a little time but I think that it will come. I like this track, it’s difficult on tyres especially in these hot conditions but at the end of the day we came out looking quite good and I am looking forward to the next test in Barcelona. These cars are quicker than World Series, so as a driver you got to love that!”

Ricardo Teixeira
“It was really nice to get back into a car after a very long time. We had a good run today. The tyres are quite difficult to get used to, they’re quite different from two years ago when I raced in the GP2 Series, but it was fun. I managed to get some speed back which will help me in the Barcelona test for sure. Unfortunately I have a hand injury which was quite painful, but overall it was worth it to be back in the car and working with all the boys!”

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