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Scott Speed claims GP2 #1 for iSport

Scott Speed claims GP2 #1 for iSport

iSport International took today, with Scott Speed as the fastest driver, numbers 1 and 2 for the first season of the Formula GP2 after the qualifying session that allocated the cars' numbers for the 12 teams in the formal presentation of the ...

iSport International took today, with Scott Speed as the fastest driver, numbers 1 and 2 for the first season of the Formula GP2 after the qualifying session that allocated the cars' numbers for the 12 teams in the formal presentation of the series.

Scott Speed.
Photo by GP2 Series Media Service.
It was the first competitive moment of the new GP2, which will replace the F3000 in the European weekends of Formula One. Divided into two sessions, the 24 drivers took part in the exercise looking for the number 1 to show at the season start at San Marino on April 23th.

Speed, a 22-year-old American, made good honour to his last name and clocked a great lap time to give his team the best result as it was possible. "After all the long hours and hard work of the past few weeks it is very satisfying for the team to be quickest in the first competitive session. Scott has impressed me from the first run in the car and I am sure he has a big future", stated Paul Jackson, Team principal of iSport.

Speed clocked his fast lap in the second of the two sessions with a time of 1:19.414, and it was out of reach for his rivals until the chequered flag.

The second team in the numbers' classification was Hitech Piquet Sports. As was predictible, the best lap of the team belonged to Nelson A. Piquet, who marked 1:19.612, though it wasn't enough to catch the first place.

"I am very happy. I was expecting to have a single number on the car and I was wishing for number one, but second quickest in qualifying to give me number 3 is good I think!", Piquet commented.

"Speed did a very good job considering he doesn't have that much experience. I am even more relaxed now I see we are one of the fastest. I know I have a good chance to be fast in the championship. The team did a good job", said the 2004 British F3 champion.

BCN Competition claimed numbers 5 and 6. The Venezuelan confirmed again his condition as one of the fastest drivers at Paul Ricard and took third place with 1:19.726. "I'm very happy with the time we have, although we couldn't get the number 1 due to the problems of the two days before. The set up wasn't the best, I spun at the end of the session. It was my first spin in six days", explained the Caracas native.

Super Nova achieved fourth place with Giorgio Pantano on 1:19.947, and young Finn Nico Rosberg gave ART Gran Prix a time of 1:19.979 to reach top five for the session. DPR, DAMS, Coloni Motorsport, Racing Engineering, Campos Racing, Arden International and Durango completed the list of 12 teams.

As Flavio Briatore, the Team Principal of Renault in F1, called the GP2 in the presentation, "the championship of the future" is set to continue working for the green lights at Imola this month. The last tests for GP2 will be for two days next weel at Barcelona, Spain.

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