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FMS International Barcelona test 2007-03-08

Pizzonia Tops the Timesheets at Barcelona GP2 Test The Petrol Ofisi FMS International team got this week's two-day GP2 test off to a flying start when Antonio Pizzonia set the fastest time on day one, at the Barcelona circuit in Spain. The...

Pizzonia Tops the Timesheets at Barcelona GP2 Test

The Petrol Ofisi FMS International team got this week's two-day GP2 test off to a flying start when Antonio Pizzonia set the fastest time on day one, at the Barcelona circuit in Spain.

The team, running race drivers Pizzonia and Jason Tahinci, opted to limit its on-track time this morning due to damp conditions. Antonio completed 17 laps this morning, finishing fourth fastest while Jason completed a further 16 laps finishing 18th in the standings.

With a drier afternoon Antonio was able to get to grips with his testing programme well, notched up a further 33 laps and set the fastest time of the day with a lap of 1:27.808. Unfortunately Jason suffered some technical problems which limited his running to just 12 laps in the afternoon session.

Testing resumes at the Barcelona circuit tomorrow in this penultimate test prior to the start of the 2007 GP2 series, which kicks off in Bahrain in the second week of April.

Antonio Pizzonia: "It was a good day. We went through a lot of important stuff that we had to test. Finishing fastest isn't always the most important thing in testing but the boys have been working very hard over winter putting the car together, so it's a nice boost for the team. Obviously the most important thing is that we have tested a lot of things and we are going in the right direction. We have had a two month break since the last test and I am still getting used to the car but I am happy with our performance because this is a very important test. I am just looking forward to continuing the programme tomorrow."

Jason Tahinci: "It's unfortunate that we were at the bottom this afternoon but we had some technical problems, it was a bit damp and wet this morning so we took the decision to wait until it was dry. We had a specific plan that we wanted to work through and we felt it was more important to stick to that programme and not just pound around. We did a few things but had some slight problems with the car and then when we were about to put on the second set of new tyres we discovered a crack in the disc. I decided to save the tyres for tomorrow and we didn't have the chance to go out and improve on our time."

Paolo Coloni, Team Principal: "It has been really great to see that the team is doing better and better, and we are starting to get the right results. Our rookie Antonio is getting more and more confident and, as he has only had limited time in the car, he is doing a great job. The team is doing a really strong job and that is showing in our results."

-credit: fms

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Series GP2
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Jason Tahinci , Paolo Coloni