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Asia: Sentul: Christian Bakkerud preview

A new experience The second round of the GP2 Asia series will go ahead this weekend in Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago state spread across a chain of thousands of islands between Asia and Australia. From a wet and humid Jakarta, ...

A new experience

The second round of the GP2 Asia series will go ahead this weekend in Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago state spread across a chain of thousands of islands between Asia and Australia.

From a wet and humid Jakarta, Christian observes "This is certainly going to be a memorable weekend! Since arriving here on Monday we've experienced torrential rain from morning to night and temperatures are ranging between +25 and 27, so it's very humid but not extremely hot which is good. I came out here a few days early to make sure I had a chance to acclimatise as high temperatures and humidity makes it difficult when you are in the car but training here I now know that I work up a sweat but don't feel it's unbearable. I'm not sure the next race in Malaysia is going to be as easy on my body though!"

"It's the first GP2 race here in Indonesia so we are all new to the track and the forecast is rain and more rain for this weekend. Added to that, the track has around 12 different types of surfaces and we only get 30 minutes of testing before going into qualifying which makes it extremely difficult for all teams and drivers to find the ultimate set-up. I'm lucky in the fact that my Super Nova team was here last year with the A1GP series and they were quickest around the track with team New Zealand so we at least have a starting point. Although the track has changed slightly since, the team have a basic understanding of what to do to the car. We will have a dry set-up which we can then quickly convert with a few changes to a wet set-up. I have full confidence that they will do a super job as they have on every occasion so far."

"Having done most of our racing in Europe we drivers are all used to the way things work but on arrival here, all drivers were told that should we have an off and end up off the track we must stay in the car until a marshal arrives as the whole area is full of snakes! With that word of advice I shall do my best to have a good weekend and stay on the black stuff!"

The first of two GP2 Asia races in Indonesia is screened live on Eurosport on Saturday morning at 07:30 UK time with race two (not live) on Sunday morning January 17th starting at 10:30 UK time.

-credit: bakkerud.dk

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