QUALIFYING SESSIONS FOR ALLOCATION OF RACE NUMBERS
DPR satisfied after Paul Ricard shoot out
The British David Price Racing team has just completed a further two days of testing at the Paul Ricard test track in the south of France, and has taken part in the 'shoot out' organised by the GP2 Series for allocation of the cars' race numbers. The team will be sporting numbers 11 and 12* on their cars at all the 2005 GP2 races after today's extremely close and competitive two qualifying sessions.
The fastest times of each team were taken into consideration.
Team Principal, David Price: "11 and 12 are not bad numbers. Obviously we'd have liked to be a bit higher but we need to concentrate on achieving good results rather than worrying about the numbers on our cars."
Olivier Pla (F): "It wasn't too bad! On the first sector of my run, and especially at the chicane, I was a bit optimistic, made a mistake and had a big oversteer so I lost time there. Otherwise we are not so far from the front and we have to continue to work hard for Barcelona. We couldn't do a lot of laps during testing because of the technical problems we had so we lost some working time. But really, you know, the important qualifying will be at Imola, not here."
Ryan Sharp (GB): "Obviously I'm a bit disappointed with my pace on the new tyres but I take a positive out of the last two days of testing which went well. We've progressed throughout and I'm looking forward to Barcelona when we can continue to move forward in preparation for Imola."
Team Manager, Andy Miller: "After a frustrating first day, with many technical problems, we made very good progress on day two, including some high fuel runs, and we've now got a good understanding of the GP2 car. We still need to work a little bit on maximising the potential of the new tyres as the window for setting competitive times in very narrow and, if you miss it, you'll find yourself several tenths of a second off the pace."
* The number allocation remains provisional until 12th April which is the deadline for confirmation of driver entries (Super Nova's driver line up is not yet confirmed).