FAIRUZ FAUZY IMPRESSES IN FIRST WORLD SERIES TEST BARCELONA, SPAIN -- 15 March, 2007. Malaysian Fairuz Fauzy was immediately on the pace during his first World Series by Renault test this week and recorded nearly 100 laps of the Circuit de ...
FAIRUZ FAUZY IMPRESSES IN FIRST WORLD SERIES TEST
BARCELONA, SPAIN -- 15 March, 2007. Malaysian Fairuz Fauzy was immediately on the pace during his first World Series by Renault test this week and recorded nearly 100 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.
The 24-year-old was taking part in the first official World Series test of the 2007 season, driving for the Cram by P1 Europe team in his 'Macho' sponsored Dallara. During the early part of the afternoon session on the second day of the test (Thursday), Fairuz held the fastest time of any other driver on the circuit.
"I'm actually really happy with the two days running that we've done at Barcelona," said Fairuz. "I'm feeling comfortable in the car and we've been able to set some quick times -- but crucially we've been consistent too."
Fairuz completed 55 laps on the opening day (Wednesday), but only used one set of tyres, unlike his rivals who went quicker by using a second set of rubber. However the priority for Fairuz was getting used to the World Series machine after recently testing the Spyker Formula One F8-VII chassis earlier in the month.
"I've almost had to reverse my driving style completely," he admitted. "With the F1 car we had tyre warmers so the tyres instantly had grip, but with the World Series car I've had to build temperature up in them -- which I haven't been used to. It takes a couple of laps to do that and it caught me out on one occasion."
During the second day's running Fairuz was working on race and qualifying simulations -- but the cold tyres caught the 24-year-old out and he made a small mistake -- flat-spotting his tyres and forcing him to come back into the pits for a new set of rubber.
"The main priority for this test was to get a set-up for the first race of the season -- which is Monza," said Fairuz. "We now feel that after we've tried a few different things on the car, we've got a good balance, especially in terms of consistency on the long runs."
Unfortunately a clutch problem curtailed the number of laps on the second day to 40, but overall Fairuz was happy with the progress the team made.
The next World Series by Renault test takes place at the German Grand Prix circuit of Nurburgring on March 27/28.