Wickens shows Status GP strength again at Valencia Canadian Robert Wickens was again right on the pace during the second day of running at Valencia as he ended the mid-season GP3 Series test second quickest. The 21-year-old, who had been...
Wickens shows Status GP strength again at Valencia
Canadian Robert Wickens was again right on the pace during the second day of running at Valencia as he ended the mid-season GP3 Series test second quickest.
The 21-year-old, who had been quickest on day one, traded fastest times with championship leader Esteban Gutierrez through the afternoon, but with rain falling at the Ricardo Tormo permament circuit before the final set of new tyres could be run, he was pipped into second by the Mexican by just four thousandths of a second. It was another signal of intent by Wickens that he's determined get back on terms in the championship when the Formula One support series moves to its third event of the season at the European Grand Prix on the streets of Valencia next weekend.
Lebanon's Daniel Morad was pleased to have got through a substantial programme of set-up development, but felt that his pace on old tyres was enough to indicate that a top five position was on the cards once his two sets of fresh Pirelli rubber were bolted on. A slight error on his best lap on the first set meant he pinned his hopes on the final run, but when the rain arrived in the final 30 minutes he was left in 12th position.
Ivan Lukashevich once again took a step forward, with the Russian breaking into the top half of the field with a time 0.73sec off team-mate Wickens. The 19-year-old Marussia Motors development driver was other hopeful of improving further on his final run, but leaves the final official test of the season with confidence boosted prior to the Valencia street race.
The Drivers' View
Robert Wickens (CAN): (Best afternoon time: 1m28.06s, +0.004s; Pos: 2nd).
"It was another good day, although it would have been nice to be P1 again. But we're moving forward with the car set-ups and our race pace seems to be very strong, so hats off to everyone in the Status GP team for a strong test."
Daniel Morad (LIB): (Best afternoon time: 1m28.66s, +0.608s; Pos: 12th).
"Realistically I should have been in the top five, but I made a slight mistake on my fastest lap. Then I was all ready to go on my final set of new tyres before the rain came. Still, we've covered a lot of good ground here and I look forward to racing next weekend."
Ivan Lukashevich (RUS): (Best afternoon time: 1m28.83s, +0.777s; Pos: 15th).
"It was the improvement I was looking for yesterday, and I'm pleased to break into the top half of the field. We were trying a lot of things today, and that's what testing's all about. Step by step I'm moving forward and it's encouraging."
-source: status gp