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Zuber and Filippi Dominate First Days in France Just days after being rewarded with F1 testing shots following their strong performances in the 2007 GP2 Series, Andreas Zuber and Luca Filippi have confirmed that the faith being placed in them...

Zuber and Filippi Dominate First Days in France

Just days after being rewarded with F1 testing shots following their strong performances in the 2007 GP2 Series, Andreas Zuber and Luca Filippi have confirmed that the faith being placed in them is well founded by topping the first two days of GP2 Series testing at Circuit Paul Ricard, France. Andi topped both sessions on Tuesday for Minardi Piquet Sports with a best laptime of 1:12.741 while today saw Luca repeat Andi's feat in leading both the morning and afternoon for ART Grand Prix with a best time of 1:12.853, which he achieved despite light, intermittent rain.

The past two days have formed the first half of what will be the largest GP2 Series test in history, and will be the final time that the current car will be run in anger in Europe before it is shipped out to Dubai for the GP2 Asia Series. This test will therefore form the basis of many teams' choices over their driver line-up for the new series, whilst also going a long way towards making up their minds over their 2008 drivers for the main series. <pre> Day One Day Two

      Driver                Team                       Time                  Driver                Team                      Time
1     Andreas Zuber         Minardi Piquet Sports      1:12.741        1     Luca Filippi          ART Grand Prix            1:12.853
2     Luca Filippi          DPR                        1:13.090        2     Pastor Maldonado      iSport International      1:13.071
3     Pastor Maldonado      iSport International       1:13.213        3     Andreas Zuber         Campos Grand Prix         1:13.084
4     Romain Grosjean       ART Grand Prix             1:13.262        4     Sebastien Buemi       Arden International       1:13.300
5     Adrian Valles         FMS International          1:13.483        5     Andy Soucek           DPR                       1:13.447
6     Nicolas Lapierre      iSport International       1:13.556        6     Vitaly Petrov         Campos Grand Prix         1:13.583
7     Borja Garcia          Arden International        1:13.833        7     Davide Valsecchi      ART Grand Prix            1:13.587
8     Davide Valsecchi      ART Grand Prix             1:13.835        8     Kamui Kobayashi       DAMS                      1:13.610
9     Kamui Kobayashi       DAMS                       1:13.877        9     Adrian Valles         FMS International         1:13.827
10    Karun Chandhok        Arden International        1:13.879        10    Ben Hanley            Campos Grand Prix         1:13.848
11    Ben Hanley            FMS International          1:13.909        11    Oliver Jarvis         DPR                       1:13.904
12    Andy Soucek           DPR                        1:13.919        12    Mikhail Aleshin       DAMS                      1:13.966
13    Sebastien Buemi       DAMS                       1:13.988        13    Jerome D'Ambrosio     Arden International       1:13.992
14    Jerome d`Ambrosio     Campos Grand Prix          1:14.123        14    Markus Niemela        Racing Engineering        1:14.021
15    Paolo Nocera          Racing Engineering         1:14.243        15    Dani Clos             BCN Competicion           1:14.033
16    Alberto Valerio       Durango                    1:14.340        16    Matteo Puglisi        Minardi Piquet Sports     1:14.081
17    Carlo Van Dam         BCN Competicion            1:14.503        17    Christian Bakkerud    Super Nova Int.           1:14.099
18    Fabrizio Crestani     Durango                    1:14.641        18    Marcos Martinez       Racing Engineering        1:14.227
19    Kasper Andersen       FMS International          1:14.716        19    Alberto Valerio       Trident Racing            1:14.370
20    Markus Niemela        Racing Engineering         1:14.784        20    Paolo Nocera          BCN Competicion           1:14.435
21    Matteo Puglisi        Minardi Piquet Sports      1:15.032        21    Diego Nunes           Minardi Piquet Sports     1:14.546
22    Michael Herck         Trident Racing             1:15.191        22    Michael Herck         Trident Racing            1:14.550
23    Manuel Saez Merino    Campos Grand Prix          1:15.222        23    Kasper Andersen       FMS International         1:14.591
24    Nathan Antunes        Super Nova International   1:15.274        24    Carlos Iaconelli      Durango                   1:14.591
25    Adrian Campos         Campos Grand Prix          1:15.763        25    Jonathan Kennard      iSport International      1:14.594
26    Stephen Jelley        Super Nova International   1:16.122        26    Maro Engel            FMS International         1:14.786
27    Henri Karjalainen     BCN Competicion            1:16.243        27    Celso Miguez          Super Nova Int.           1:14.796
28    H. Schleghelmilch     Trident Racing             1:17.400        28    Vladimr Arabadzhiev   Durango                   1:16.228

-credit: gp2series.com

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