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Racing Engineering Abu Dhabi test summary

Racing Engineering will be busy analyzing test results The four days of testing at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi are over and with it the 2010 GP2 season. It was the last time the Dallara GP2/08, the car Racing Engineering's Giorgio...

Racing Engineering will be busy analyzing test results

The four days of testing at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi are over and with it the 2010 GP2 season. It was the last time the Dallara GP2/08, the car Racing Engineering's Giorgio Pantano won the championship title with, was officially used in GP2. Back in Spain, Racing Engineering will have a busy time analyzing the performance of each of the seven drivers who tested with the Spanish outfit during the past few days, in order to finalize the 2011 driver line-up. All four test days in Abu Dhabi were very positive and allowed the drivers to increase their chances of joining the Spanish GP2 team in 2011. While it was Andrea Caldarelli, Rodolfo Gonzalez and James Jakes during the first two days of testing, the last two days say Roberto Merhi, Brendon Hartley, Alexander Rossi and Alexander Sims behind the wheel.

On Saturday, it was Spaniard Roberto Merhi and New Zealander Brendon Hartley, who drove Racing Engineering's cars. Brendon set the 7th fastest time of the day and thinks that with a bit more time to adapt to the new team and car, a lot more might have been possible. Spaniard Roberto Merhi took advantage of having already driven a GP2 car during the first two days of testing in Abu Dhabi and was quickly trying to get the best out of the car and himself. In the racing Engineering car, he set the sixth fastest time and finished the day as best rookie. Sunday saw Alexander Sims and Alexander Rossi in charge of representing Racing Engineering and both did a very solid job doing so. It was the second test day in Abu Dhabi for both of them and they were quick at adapting to the Racing Engineering car. Rossi set the 8th fastest lap time in the morning and Alexander Sims the 14th fastest time. In the afternoon, both tried to improve their times with the Spanish team and Alexander Rossi set the fourth fastest time, only 0.1 seconds off the quickest in the session. Alexander Sims put on a very steep learning curve on display and finished the session with the 8th fastest time.

Roberto Merhi: "I had a fantastic day with the team and the car. I am very happy with the day and also the results achieved. However, I have to say there was still some potential as I lost a bit on my fast lap due to traffic. But overall it was a great day and I enjoyed it a lot."

Brendon Hartley: "I felt well with the team and am happy to have tested with Racing Engineering. The final lap times didn't reflect what I think was possible, but it took me a bit of time to adapt to the car. Overall I liked the team a lot and enjoyed the test."

Alexander Rossi: "It was a good test day. In the morning we worked on finding a good balance for the car. I made some mistakes on my fast lap which cost me some tenths of a second. The afternoon session also went well. We made a step forward and with new tyres, and still some mistakes, I managed to set the fourth fastest time, only one tenth of a second off from the fastest. I am quite happy with the results."

Alexander Sims: "There were some nice improvements during the day, although there is still work to be done. But it's nice to know we are getting closer. This was only my second day in a GP2 car and I felt more confident with the car. I also felt confident with the team who gave me the direction of how to improve. Sometimes I was very close, but I still needed to find my way. Overall, it was a good day although I know with more time there is still quite some potential to improve."

Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, President of Racing Engineering: "Really good. We had very good drivers these last two days. All are pretty much quite equal, so choosing a driver for next year won't be easy at all. The team will get a well deserved, although short, holiday now. The technical team did a great job this season and this extra push for testing must have been exhausting for them, but well worth it. Good job this season for everyone at Racing Engineering."

-source: racing engineering

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