GP2 series finishes first winter test
The GP2 series has conducted its first official winter test at Circuit Paul Ricard HTTT in the south of France. All 12 teams were in attendance, and alongside some of 2005's well known faces, there were 16 drivers making their debuts in the series. Their number included champions and race winners from some of Europe's most competitive junior racing formulas, each of whom was eager to make the first step up the ladder to the GP2 series.
The two-day test saw four half-day sessions on the 3.853km "3D" track solution, with Nelson Piquet Jr topping the time sheets in the first session for Hitech Piquet Sports. The afternoon's test saw another 2005 GP2 series race-winner leading the way, as Jose Maria Lopez finished top of the pile driving for ART Grand Prix. On day two, the clear skies of the previous day disappeared behind clouds and wind. In the colder conditions, it was new-boy Adrian Valles who led the first session for BCN Competicion, before Nelson closed the test at the top of the table, where he had started on Tuesday. He set the fastest lap of the test on the final afternoon, with a 1:15.565.
<pre> GP2 Series Winter Test Times: October 11-12, Circuit Paul Ricard
Pos Driver Nat Team Best Lap 1 N. Piquet BRA Hitech Piquet Sports 1:15.565 2 J.M. Lopez ARG ART Grand Prix 1:16.047 3 G. Bruni ITA Durango 1:16.077 4 F. Perera FRA ART Grand Prix 1:16.243 5 A. Valles ESP BCN Competicion 1:16.378 6 A. Parente POR iSport International 1:16.478 7 O. Pla FRA DPR 1:16.499 8 R. Kubica POL Durango 1:16.517 9 A. Zuber AUT iSport International 1:16.568 10 C. Piccione MC DPR 1:16.601 11 E. Viso VEN Coloni Motorsport 1:16.631 12 L. Filippi ITA Coloni Motorsport 1:16.698 13 T. Kostka CZ ART Grand Prix 1:16.704 14 M. Ammermuller GER Arden Internatonal 1:16.720 15 N. Lapierre FRA Arden Internatonal 1:16.727 16 L. Di Grassi BRA DAMS 1:16.814 17 F. Fauzy MAL Super Nova International 1:16.885 18 R. Kubica POL Super Nova International 1:16.886 19 H. Yoshimoto JPN Arden Internatonal 1:16.957 20 A. Garcia ESP Campos Racing 1:16.981 21 A. Negrao BRA Hitech Piquet Sports 1:16.998 22 H. Yoshimoto JPN DPR 1:17.045 23 A. Parente POR DAMS 1:17.211 24 G. Mondini ITA Durango 1:17.212 25 H. Shimoda JPN iSport International 1:17.299 26 J. Rossiter GBR DAMS 1:17.390 27 J. Villa ESP Racing Engineering 1:17.473 28 C. Piccione MC Arden International 1:17.626 29 A. Barba ESP Campos Racing 1:17.767 30 G. Van de Garde BEL DAMS 1:17.905 31 R. Rodriguez ESP Campos Racing 1:18.431 32 A. Nunez ESP Racing Engineering 1:18.480