The GP2 Series Hits The Track

The GP2 series reached an important milestone in its technical programme today, when its development car made its first run at the Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France. The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team third driver Franck Montagny took the wheel and conducted routine systems checks. No times were recorded at this early stage.

Bruno Michel, GP2 series organiser: `Respecting our schedule is one of our priorities. We had indicated that we would run for the first time this week, and we kept our word. It was a special moment to see the car leave the pits today. This represents an important achievement after months of hard work at Renault, Dallara and Bridgestone. It is still too early to comment on ultimate performance, but the potential we had planned for during design appears to be there. However, we are only at the very beginning of the development process, and we have more than 20 days of testing ahead. Our aim is to have a fast, reliable car as soon as we begin taking orders in October. We will achieve this.'

Franck Montagny, Development Driver: `The mechanics made a thorough check of every part of the car this morning before letting me out on the circuit. Once in the cockpit, I felt very comfortable. As a driver, your first impressions when you get into a car are very important, and I was confident immediately, which is a good sign. The aim of these first runs was not to set quick times, but I still got some idea of the car's potential and I believe it will perform impressively. Furthermore, the build quality is exceptional: Renault and Dallara have done a great job.'