QUAIFE-HOBBS THIRD FASTEST IN GP2 TESTING
British racer Adrian Quaife-Hobbs set an impressive pace in GP2 testing this week, the Tonbridge teenager third fastest on only his second time in the car. The 19 year-old who contested the GP3 series this season, has been undergoing a series of tests in both WSR and GP2, and after topping the time sheets in Spain's WSR tests recently, continued the trend with a stunning performance in Abu Dhabi at the weekend.
Adrian headed out to the test buoyed by his recent performances and took the wheel of the Scuderia Coloni car for the GP2 test, which kicked off on Saturday morning. After settling into the car on the first day, his first time in the car and at the circuit, Adrian went into Sunday's two sessions confident of improving.
In the morning session Adrian was immediately on the pace, posting the third fastest time and just half a tenth away from the fastest lap. In the afternoon, Adrian was again running third, until the opposition switched to new tyres, pushing him down the order.
"I'm very happy with the test, it was a fantastic two days, with a very professional team", said Adrian. "It was a brand new circuit to me so we spent much of the first day getting to grips with it and the car. On Sunday we were immediately on the pace and running in the top three all day, the gap to P1 was less than half a tenth so we were feeling pretty positive.
"In the afternoon the pace was there again and very fast particularly in the mid sector. I was on old tyres though and when everyone else switched to new, obviously I dropped down the order. Still it was a good test and gave me a great opportunity to compare the WSR car with the GP2 car so I can consider my options for 2011.
"The car feels much faster, with straight line speed and the brakes without doubt the biggest difference. I think we worked well with the Scuderia Coloni team, they gave me a good car for the two days and I think they're happy with the results too. We have not confirmed our plans for next year yet but it will definitely be either WSR or GP2!"
Adrian returns home on Thursday and hopes to make a decision about his plans for 2011 just after Christmas.