ROMAIN GROSJEAN POLE, VITALY PETROV 3RD FANTASTIC RESULT FOR THE BARWA CAMPOS TEAM IN THE FIRST GP2 SERIES RACE IN MONTMELO. The first official practice of the new GP2 Series got under way this afternoon at the Catalan circuit of Montmelo....
ROMAIN GROSJEAN POLE, VITALY PETROV 3RD
FANTASTIC RESULT FOR THE BARWA CAMPOS TEAM IN THE FIRST GP2 SERIES RACE IN MONTMELO.
The first official practice of the new GP2 Series got under way this afternoon at the Catalan circuit of Montmelo. The first race will take place tomorrow with Romain Grosjean in pole position and his team-mate Vitaly Petrov, who will start from third place on the starting grid. This has been a spectacular performance from the Barwa Campos Team after having dominated the free practice session in the morning, with the two drivers finishing first and second at the end of the session. They couldn't wish for a better start to the season.
After today's official practice we have to take into account that the first three drivers at the end of the session all belong to Spanish teams. The Valencian team is represented by two of the top three which is testimony to the hard work and expertise of the Barwa Campos Team. It also means that Romain has picked up the first two points of the season for his pole postion, which puts him and the team at the top of the leaderboard of their respective championships.
The presentation of the new season and the prize giving ceremony for the recent Asia GP2 Series took place yesterday afternoon. Alejandro Agag, owner of the Barwa Campos Team was there to collect the prize for the team, having finished in third place overall. In a statement he made it clear that it would be difficult to improve on last year's performances, where they won the overall team title and had a driver in the top three.
The GP2 is considered to be the second most important class behind Formula 1. There are no less than seven drivers in the field who have competed in the highest class and another seven who have developed as test drivers for different F1 teams. Once again this season there will be a field of 26 drivers from 13 different teams and this year's season is made up of ten events, nine of which coincide with F1 events on the European calendar.
In Spain the TV channel, La Sexta will broadcast the GP2 Series races this weekend. The TV channel run by the COPE, Popular TV have just announced that they will broadcast both races live at 16.00 hrs on Saturday and at 10.30 on Sunday. The races look to be well setup for Spanish teams and drivers, so it promises to be exciting.
Romain Grosjean: "It has been a good day for the whole team. To get pole is very important for us because it's the first race of the season and gives an indication of how well everybody is working, from Alberto (Longo) right down to the last mechanic. I can't wait for tomorrow's race. Even though we weren't competing, the tests were very important and have meant that we were the quickest in the morning and the afternoon, which is the best way to start the season. We expect Di Grassi to be tough but having Vitaly there as well is perfect for the team. It's going to be difficult to win tomorrow because the tyres will be an important factor but we will do our best".
Vitaly Petrov: "I'm very happy with the car and the team but not with the traffic we had out there. I was setting great times in the first and second sectors, including better times than my rivals, but I lost time in the third sector due to the traffic, even though I tried to look after the tyres to see if I could get in one fast lap. Anyway, we'll see what happens at the start, and how the tyres perform. Who can get the best out of their tyres will be the key".