First Generation Concludes in France
The first generation of the GP2 Series has ended today at Circuit Paul Ricard, the circuit at which the series took its initial steps with its first development car more than three years ago. Today was the final time that the third and final incarnation of that car will be run in Europe, and the test ended with Andy Zuber coming to within hundredths of a second of setting new lap record. That honour, however remains with Jose Maria Lopez who set a 1:12.547 on the 3D track formation back in March 2006.
The final two days of the test saw Andy Zuber dominate much of the running for both FMS and Super Nova, with Pastor Maldonado at ART and Minardi Piquet Sports and Luca Filippi at Racing Engineering and Super Nova remaining as the other stand out drivers. Yesterday also saw GP2 Series history made as Simona de Silvestro became the first female driver to take part in a GP2 session.
After three thrilling years the GP2 Series now looks towards January and the beginning of a new era with the launch of the GP2 Asia Series, while in February 26 of the new GP2 / 08 car will run here at Circuit Paul Ricard for the first test of the 2008 season. <pre> Day Three Day Four
Driver Team Time Driver Team Time 1 Pastor Maldonado ART Grand Prix 1:13.094 1 Andreas Zuber Super Nova Int. 1:12.584 2 Andreas Zuber FMS International 1:13.153 2 Pastor Maldonado Minardi Piquet Sports 1:12.819 3 Mike Conway Minardi Piquet Sports 1:13.203 3 Luca Filippi Super Nova Int. 1:12.879 4 Luca Filippi Racing Engineering 1:13.226 4 Romain Grosjean Racing Engineering 1:12.917 5 Ben Hanley Minardi Piquet Sports 1:13.236 5 Adrian Zaugg BCN Competicion 1:12.950 6 Borja Garcia iSport International 1:13.415 6 Kazuki Nakajima ART Grand Prix 1:12.959 7 Vitaly Petrov Campos Grand Prix 1:13.586 7 Yelmer Buurman ART Grand Prix 1:13.094 8 Karun Chandhok DPR 1:13.615 8 Adrian Valles iSport International 1:13.290 9 Marcos Martinez Racing Engineering 1:13.638 9 Borja Gacria Minardi Piquet Sports 1:13.323 10 Davide Valsecchi iSport International 1:13.660 10 Davide Rigon FMS International 1:13.338 11 Giedo V Der Garde DAMS 1:13.724 11 Vitaly Petrov Campos Grand Prix 1:13.411 12 Kamui Kobayashi DAMS 1:13.759 12 Chris Van der Drift Trident Racing 1:13.451 13 Christian Bakkerud Super Nova International 1:13.809 13 Geido V Der Garde DAMS 1:13.489 14 Yelmer Buurman ART Grand Prix 1:13.831 14 Bruno Senna iSport International 1:13.517 15 Adrian Zaugg DPR 1:13.852 15 Davide Valsecchi Durango 1:13.533 16 Dani Clos BCN Competicion 1:13.980 16 Ben Hanley DPR 1:13.570 17 Michael Herck Trident Racing 1:14.149 17 Oliver Jarvis DPR 1:13.615 18 Chris Van der Drift Trident Racing 1:14.153 18 Renger V der Zande Arden International 1:13.735 19 Celso Miguez Durango 1:14.291 19 Alberto Valerio Racing Engineering 1:13.742 20 Davide Rigon FMS International 1:14.477 20 Kamui Kobayashi DAMS 1:13.811 21 Adam Khan Arden International 1:14.602 21 Michael Herck Trident Racing 1:13.887 22 Giacomo Piccini Durango 1:14.876 22 Ho Pin Tung Campos Grand Prix 1:13.931 23 Maximo Cortez Campos Grand Prix 1:14.986 23 Alejandro Nunez BCN Competicion 1:13.968 24 Steven Jelley Super Nova International 1:15.007 24 Maro Engel FMS International 1:13.978 25 Simona De Silvestro Campos Grand Prix 1:15.049 25 Adam Khan Arden International 1:14.145 26 Recardo Bruins Choi Arden International 1:15.170 26 Fabrizio Crestani Durango 1:15.340 27 Vladimr Arabadzhiev BCN Competicion 1:15.472 27 Nico Verdonck DPR 1:15.984 28 German Sancez Campos Grand Prix 1:16.107 28 Tengyi Jiang FMS International 1:16.185