Racing Engineering prepares for Round 1 Racing Engineering concluded the third pre-season test of the 2006 GP2 series in Barcelona yesterday with Adam Carroll and Javier Villa. Both drivers were satisfied with their work, successfully completing...
Racing Engineering prepares for Round 1
Racing Engineering concluded the third pre-season test of the 2006 GP2 series in Barcelona yesterday with Adam Carroll and Javier Villa. Both drivers were satisfied with their work, successfully completing their test programme in order to prepare for the first race of the year.
The team will now head straight to Valencia for the final pre-season test of 2006. It will arrive at Circuit Ricardo Tormo later this week, ready for the two-day test which begins on April 5th. The first race weekend of the 2006 season will then kick off on April 8-9, at the same track.
Adam Carroll: "Once again, the team and I worked hard on different set-ups in order to fully understand the car's behaviour on slicks. We tried a lot of different things and found some interesting paths to explore. Unfortunately, I spun in my quickest lap on the second day, which means that the final classification doesn't reflect our true pace. We now need to study all the data we gathered in order to fine tune the car for Valencia. I feel confident and I'm looking forward to testing next week."
Javier Villa: "My aim this week was to continue learning the car and to improve from the last test session. I have succeeded. I'm getting more and more confident at the wheel and I'm steadily closing the gap with the quickest guys. We didn't have any mechanical problems this time and I got more mileage than ever: the gearbox and brakes issues have disappeared. It allowed us to make a lot of laps, which is always very useful."
Team principal Alfonso de Orleans was pleased with his team's progress at the end of the two-day test, noting: "The team did a great job. The boys made no mistakes and we had no failures of any kind, so from that side of things, the two days were positive. Also, Javi has really improved. He is getting to grips with the car and his huge jump from F3, so that is great news and we are sure to see some more action from him as the season progresses. Adam is just trying out different things. He and Gary Anderson seem happy with the data they got and the direction they are going. Let's see what surprises they will come up with. We are all quite excited to get to Valencia next week."