FIA F3000 International Championship Official Test BARCELLONA (Spain), 13th -- 14th April 2004 Robert Doornbos 3rd fastest at Barcelona FIA test Following on from a quite successful test in Jerez, some weeks ago, Doornbos and Team Arden...
FIA F3000 International Championship
BARCELLONA (Spain), 13th -- 14th April 2004
Robert Doornbos 3rd fastest at Barcelona FIA test
Following on from a quite successful test in Jerez, some weeks ago, Doornbos and Team Arden were back in action at Barcellona. The Dutch completed a two day test in preparation of the upcoming first race of the FIA F3000 season which will be held in Imola (Italy) next week.
Robert Doornbos on his first visit to the Circuit put in another strong performance to finish the test third quickest with a time of 1:31:167. For both days Robert was put his car on top 3 positions in order to achieve the necessary experience and knowledge of the track and the car itself. Together with his team Arden, Robert had programmed some long run with some pit stop simulations.
The two day test have shown a good physical preparation of Robert who revealed to be in a perfect shape.
Robert: "We have ended a very positive two day test in Barcellona. Together with my team, I have set the third quickest time, during both days, and we have been constantly 2nd and 3rd. I clocked a fastest time only 1 tenth slower than my team mate Vitantonio; so I'm confident for the race and the season itself. This is my first visit to the circuit and I am pleased I learnt it quickly. We managed to complete a qualifying simulation, practice starts and some race set-up work and I was very pleased to set a good time. From my physical point of view I have to be very happy, because I didn't suffer any problem. I think that the most important thing is to be strong in ones mind, and I feel so, now".
Christian Horner commented, "We have now completed our preparation for the first race at Imola for which I think we are well prepared. Both drivers have done an excellent job here at Barcelona and Tonio has made a good recovery after his accident yesterday morning. Considering it was Robert's first time at this Circuit, he showed immediate pace and looked competitive throughout the two days."