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Series GP3 car progress report

Another step in the right direction The new GP3 car development resumed at Paul Ricard this week After a successful shakedown two weeks ago, the development of the new GP3 car continued this week with a two-day test ...

Another step in the right direction

The new GP3 car development resumed at Paul Ricard this week

After a successful shakedown two weeks ago, the development of the new GP3 car continued this week with a two-day test session at Le Castellet in the South of France. The first day was mainly dedicated to engine performance and implementing measures while the second day was focused on tyre testing.

Once again, Frenchman and GP2 racer Romain Grosjean took the wheel of the GP3 development car. He completed 61 laps on day two on a 3D configuration track without problem. "I am very glad that I can pursue this development task. Once more, I have been impressed by the reliability and the overall performance of this new car.

"The completed programme has given us enough data to prepare the next step. There is still some work to be done, mainly regarding understanding the tyres even better, but we are definitely working in the right direction. The GP3 car is already safe, fast and reliable."

Technical director Didier Perrin explained: "After a trouble-free first day, we could really work on the performance of the car in race conditions. We started with a qualifying session followed by a race simulation. It was a fruitful session: a satisfying set up of the car now enables us to start working on tyre testing with Pirelli.

"Our next step is to calibrate the performance of our car compared to a F3, our benchmark. As we will be testing at an extremely demanding track for the tyres, it will help us understand better how to use the compounds to their fullest."

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