ABU DHABI, TEST DAY 2: P2 FOR FILIPPI IN THE MORNING GREAT IMPROVEMENT FOR CECCON
Scuderia Coloni confirmed a very high competitiveness level in the second day of testing in Abu Dhabi. The Italian team, fielding Luca Filippi and Kevin Ceccon, was again among the quickest on track, clinching the second fastest time in the morning session. Luca Filippi, despite lapping only with used tyres, was steadily in the top pack and in the end he stopped the clock on 1'48"054, just one tenth adrift from the best time.
In the afternoon the Italian driver had everything in place for a staggering performance with new tyres, but two red flags stopped both his best flyers: due to this his best laptime was 1'47"944, just one tenth quicker than what he did on old rubber.
Good progression also for Kevin Ceccon, who kept working with the team to find the right feeling with the GP2 car. Despite some technical glitches that allowed him to complete only 20 laps, Ceccon was 10th quickest in the afternoon, improving his laptime from yesterday by eight tenths. The Italian could have been even third at the end of the day, but two very good sectors were spoilt by a track-cut in the last one.
It's worth highlighting that after this first two days of testing Scuderia Coloni holds the 3rd fastest time, as today only two drivers managed to beat the 1'47"790 posted yesterday by James Jakes.
Luca Filippi: "It was a really good day for me and the team, from the beginning we had the right feeling and our performances were very good from the first laps. The second quickest time in the morning was the right way to start, and then in the afternoon we were steadily the quickest on old rubber, lapping in the low 48s. We were expecting a really great laptime on fresh tyres, but we had two red flags right in the middle of my best laps, which was very unfortunate and ruined our session. Anyway I want to say thanks to Scuderia Coloni for their support and amazing job, I'm sure that the drivers that will jump in the car in the next days will have a perfect car to drive".
Kevin Ceccon: "It wasn't an easy day as we had some mechanical issue and we couldn't run as much as we wanted. Anyway despite this we showed a very good pace and I had a really good feeling in the car, also thanks to the job I did with the engineers. Now we will have two days to review what we did in this tests, but I'm already very satisfied".
-source: scuderia coloni