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Istanbul: Coloni Motorsport preview

First Weekend in Istanbul This weekend Coloni Motorsport is racing at the brand new Istanbul Park circuit and, along with their competitors in the GP2 series, the team will be taking part in the first ever race on the ...

First Weekend in Istanbul

This weekend Coloni Motorsport is racing at the brand new Istanbul Park circuit and, along with their competitors in the GP2 series, the team will be taking part in the first ever race on the highly demanding track.

The 5.4 kilometre circuit will be a big challenge for everyone, and the layout has the potential to host the most exciting race so far seen in the series. The combination of long straights, hills and a variety of corners will be a great test for both the drivers and team alike.

Coloni drivers Gimmi Bruni and Mathias Lauda were both very enthusiastic about the track after taking their first laps around the circuit ahead of the start of the race weekend tomorrow.

Gimmi Bruni: "It's a very nice circuit, and it will be a good challenge to race here, particularly through the high speed corners. It's very similar to Spa and Mugello, both of which I know very well. And of course I've driven around here on my PlayStation too! I'm really looking forward to the race weekend."

Mathias Lauda: "I had a lot of advice when I went around the circuit today - I went around the track with Jacques Lafitte, Franck Montagny and Pedro de la Rosa! It's a great track - it's very wide, and it has a good combination of corners. There are a couple of good spots for overtaking, and I'm sure there will be a lot of passes there. It's going to be an awesome race."

Happy 21st

This weekend will also feature the Formula One debut of Enrico Toccacelo, the 21st Coloni Motorsport driver to have made it into the top category in motorsport.

Toccacelo has signed with Minardi F1 to run as their third driver for the remainder of the year, and will be responsible for a number of critical tasks for the team, including assessing set ups and tyres for the race drivers.

The role should also highlight the natural talent Toccacelo clearly showed when he competed in Formula 3000 with Coloni Motorsport, and it is a big opportunity to impress the team bosses all along the Formula One pitlane.

Team Principal Paolo Coloni was delighted for his former driver, noting: "We are really proud to see what Enrico has been able to achieve, and it shows that our decision in 2002 was the right one.

"I hope he will now have the chance to show the talent that we know he has - he is an extremely fast driver and has earnt this position. He really deserves it, and I think he will be a nice surprise for everyone in the Formula One paddock."

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Series GP2
Drivers Franck Montagny , Mathias Lauda , Paolo Coloni