First test for series teams

February 25, 2005 -- The first GP2 series test was concluded today at Circuit Paul Ricard, in the South of France. Each of our 12 teams attended the session with a total of 22 drivers taking to the track over the course of the three days.

The test provided the first opportunity for the teams to show off their new liveries. Most importantly it was the first opportunity for the squads to collate the information which will form the basis of their understanding of this new machine. It was a step into the unknown for the drivers, too. At the very start of the session, they were briefed as a group that the intention was to gain an understanding of the car, and not to set out-and-out laptimes.

After just three days of their initial test programmes, however, the fastest lap of the session was just 0.3 seconds slower than the all-time GP2 lap record on the particular track configuration in use... not bad considering this test was intended to be used simply as a learning experience. By the final day, the majority of teams were able to run between 50 and 80 laps a day.

Bruno Michel: "I think this first GP2 session was very positive and encouraging. Apart from some reliability issues which have affected a small number of teams, we have had few problems. The test has allowed the teams to start to get to grips with their car. All the drivers seemed very impressed with it, and we, in turn, were very impressed with how quickly they were up to speed. I also have to praise the professionalism and dedication of all our teams."

The next test is scheduled to take place back here at Paul Ricard between the 8th and 10th of March.