Barcelona hosts two day test session with 26 drivers in the line-up
Three weeks after the first official test session for GP3 in Estoril, the series returns to action with the second official pre season test at the Circuit de Catalunya and it’s going to be lively on track with 26 drivers lining up in the field.
There will be some new faces taking to the track, as well as a new team. Ocean Racing Technology have been competing in GP2 since 2009 have made an entry into the 2012 Series and will be making their debut with two rookies. Spaniard Carmen Jorda becomes the second female driver to be lining up on the grid this year after testing for GP3 in it’s inaugural season and she will be joined by Robert Cregan. The Irishman tested in Portugal for Tech 1 Racing who have since been replaced by the Portuguese squad Ocean Racing.
Aaro Vainio who topped the timesheets on day two of the first official test will be missing on Monday due to an exam and will be replaced by Carlos Sainz Jr. The young Spaniard is the son of successful racing star, Carlos Sainz and will drive for Lotus GP, with the Finn returning to the cockpit on Tuesday. Conor Daly will be racing in the black and gold for the first time after being confirmed as a Lotus GP driver for the season after a very positive test in February.
Jenzer Motorsport’s newly announced signing Patric Niederhauser will test alongside Maxim Zimin. The 17 year old Russian drove for Jenzer last season and will be hoping to impress to book his place on this year’s grid. Status Grand Prix will have two debutants behind the wheel, Japanese driver Kotaro Sakurai and Tom Blomqvist who is currently part of the McLaren young drive development programme.
Marussia Manor Racing’s confirmed lineup will be out in force, with Cypriot driver Tio Ellinas looking to replicate his form from the first test after impressing with consistently fast times in Portugal. MW Arden’s trio of contracted drivers will again be pushing for top ten times after Mitch Evans produced a strong showing in Estoril.
Carlin retain their drivers of Alex Brundle, William Buller and Antonio Felix da Costa, all representing the English outfit. Trident Racing who fielded four drivers in the opening test, have Vicky Piria and Antonio Spavone back in the car along with newcomer Italian Kevin Ceccon. Atech CRS GP have Belgian driver John Wartique making his maiden appearance in a GP3 car.
Early weather predictions suggest for dry, sunny and warm conditions which will be vital for the teams and drivers to maximise the amount of time spent on their cars to find the right set-ups for the fast approaching season.
The schedule for day one - Monday 12th March Test Day One: 09-00 – 12.00 (Morning session) 14.00 – 17.00 (Afternoon session). Day Two Tuesday 13th March: 09.00 – 12.00 (Morning) 13.00 – 16.00 (Afternoon). There is just a one hour lunch break on Tuesday.
Please note RSC Mucke Motorsport will not attend this test.