GP3 - Alexander Rossi Leads the Way with ART Grand Prix Le Castellet, France - March 7, 2010 - California native, Alexander Rossi, joined 33 drivers, representing 20 countries, over two days at the famed Paul Ricard test circuit for the first ...
GP3 - Alexander Rossi Leads the Way with ART Grand Prix
Le Castellet, France - March 7, 2010 - California native, Alexander Rossi, joined 33 drivers, representing 20 countries, over two days at the famed Paul Ricard test circuit for the first official and inaugural test of the GP3 Championship Series. Running on the "3D" track configuration, in both wet and dry conditions, the 3.853 KM layout uses a section of the famous Mistral straight going into the Signes corner.
Rossi led the way giving notice of his intent for the 2010 season, after having signed for GP3 Championship with multi championship winning team, ART Grand Prix this past January. The 18 year old, Rossi set the fastest overall time at 1:20.013 and lead the time charts in three of the four sessions.
"The test went very well, not only for me and the team, but for the series as well collecting a lot of data", Rossi commented. "For a new car and changing track conditions I'm really impressed with the amount of reliability and technical support over the two days. The whole ART team was flawless, I' m very thankful for the confidence both Frederic and Nicolas have in my abilities, and quite confident I'll deliver for them. The expectations are high and should be, as I have a job to do."
GP3 drivers were able to test their adaptation to both a new car and changing circuit conditions. The first of four sessions was in the wet, then turning to dry as the day progressed. For drivers, team and series everything was new, however; the experience of the series delivered reliability of cars, enabling everyone to log the necessary kilometers and collect important data.
Frederic Vasseur, Team Principal ART: "This has been a really positive first test session for us, but also for GP3 in general. Our cars have been consistently reliable throughout the two days, and we have covered a significant amount of kilometres, gathering invaluable data to move forward. After watching the cars on track these past two days I think it's safe to say that we have a great season of racing ahead of us."
"Competing in GP2 Asia has prepared me well", Rossi added. "In terms of driving style, there is little difference between GP2 and GP3, however in terms of pace and overall performance, there is a big difference. I adapted very quickly to the Pirelli tire and my experience in GP2 with the Bridgestone's this season has proved crucial in my preparations. This test further proved the good decisions we have made for 2010."
The standardized GP3 car is fitted on a Dallara chassis with a non assisted rack and pinion steering system and Brembo brakes. The Renault 4 cylinder, 2 litre, turbo charged engine has a 6 speed sequential Hewland gearbox. The real surprise is Pirelli Motorsports re-entry into open wheel racing as the announcement was made that they would be the official tire supplier, a different direction from the Bridgestone tires of the GP2 series.
2010 is the inaugural year for GP3 Series, commencing with a strong foundation managed by series organizer Bruno Michel, as a direct feeder into the GP2 and Formula 1. Both GP2 and GP3 will launch their season opener in May alongside Formula 1 at the Spanish Grand Prix being held in Barcelona, Spain. For more information about GP3 Series log onto: www.gp3series.com
Rossi now heads to Bahrain for final round of GP2 Asia Championship this weekend, supporting 2010 opening round of Formula 1 World Championship at Bahrain International Circuit, March 12 -14.
-source: alexande rrossi