PATRIZI IMPRESSES WITH QUICK PACE IN WORLD SERIES BY RENAULT TESTING
Australian Michael Patrizi has impressed in testing with Victory Engineering in a World Series by Renault car at Paul Ricard in France today.
Patrizi competed in three of the four open test sessions held over November 8 and 9 at Paul Ricard, and was right on the pace on Thursday, setting the 12th fastest time out of almost 30 cars.
Patrizi's best times from the Wednesday were not recorded due to a transponder failure, but it was of little concern to the West Australian, who completed on session while focusing on learning the car on Wednesday before pushing hard for two sessions on Thursday.
The Australian worked extremely well with the professional Victory Engineering squad over the two days and was pleased with his progress and car speed. With around 30 cars on the track at one time it was difficult to set a fast lap time on new tyres, with some Patrizi's best laps hampered by traffic.
Patrizi was pleased with his efforts and took confidence from his setting some very quick lap times, setting a very competitive time of 1m17.3s. The Kalgoorlie-born racer was confident of going around three tenths of a second faster if not for the traffic on the Paul Ricard circuit.
The 22-year-old worked very well with the Victory Engineering team and came to grips with the 425-horsepower World Series by Renault car extremely quickly, impressing with his technical feedback and lap times.
Patrizi tested earlier this month at the Paul Ricard circuit in a GP2 Series car, but the times from the two tests bare no resemblance, with two separate circuit configurations used for each of the tests.
Michael Patrizi -- #18 Victory Engineering
"This first World Series by Renault test went really well and I am very happy with what the team and I achieved," said Patrizi.
"Working with Victory Engineering was an excellent experience. They are a very professional team and we worked well together right from the outset.
"They provided me with a very good package to learn a World Series car and we had a successful day and a half of testing here at Paul Ricard.
"It was good to be in the top half of the field in my first time in one of these cars. To run P12 in a group of around 30 cars is a pretty solid effort and I'm pleased with how things went.
"In some ways it was the most difficult test I have ever done. There were about 30 cars on the track at one time and it was hard to get a really quick lap out of the car. But it was the same for everybody, so you just had to give it your best shot to get a clear lap on new tyres.
"I definitely showed some speed and I could have gone even quicker if it wasn't for traffic, but I'm sure that was the same for everybody. The main thing was I felt good in the car and was comfortable with it straight away and the team was brilliant to work with.
"This was yet another new car to learn at the end of a busy couple of months. I've driven Formula BMW, Champ Car Atlantic, GP2 and now World Series by Renault cars and each one is different.
"The World Series car is a little below the GP2 car but it's a great car to drive. The most noticeable things are the brakes, tyres, aero and power, which all add up to make the car a little bit slower, but not by a lot. We ran a different configuration of the Paul Ricard circuit today so there is no comparison with my GP2 testing from earlier in the month.
"It is a more physical car to drive that a GP2 car in some respects. The GP2 car is physical in that you have a lot of downforce and carry a lot of speed through the corner so the g-forces are huge. The World Series car is more about having strength in your arms, as they are a little heavier on the steering.
"All this testing is paying off and I am really happy with how we went here today in the World Series car."
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