Circuit De Catalunya
Good GP2 Debut For Ceccon
Tomorrow’s feature race of the GP2 Main Series in Barcelona will see Michael Herck and Kevin Ceccon start from the 14th and 17th spot of the grid respectively after today’s qualifying.
The two Scuderia Coloni drivers had to cope with a complicated session, mainly because of track conditions: the quickly rising asphalt temperatures meant that the times achieved in the first minutes were impossible to beat, and knowing this all the drivers got on track at the beginning of the session, with a lot of traffic as a result.
Finding a clear lap was nearly impossible, and that’s also why Michael Herck couldn’t do better than 1’31”527, while Kevin Ceccon stopped the clock on 1’31”670. It was a very good performance for the Italian driver who, at 17, officially became the youngest driver to ever take part in a GP2 weekend. Despite having only the morning 30’ session to get acquainted with the car before qualifying, Kevin managed to lap on the same pace boasted by much more experienced drivers.
Michael Herck: “I’m not really satisfied, we only got a chance for a quick lap and we got traffic on it, so we couldn’t show our real performance. Anyway it will be a long race tomorrow, with the start and the pit-stop as key moments. The rubber laid down by F1 here is different from what we saw in Istanbul, so the tyre management will also be important”.
Kevin Ceccon: “I’m really happy, also because looking at the laptimes just a one tenth improvement would have been worth 3 or 4 places on the grid. I was on the same pace of guys that have much more experience than me in GP2 and on this car, and considering that in the morning we worked a lot with a full tank I feel ready for the race. Obviously, my primary aim is still putting miles under my belt”.
-source: scuderia coloni