SMOOTH GRADUATION TO GP2 FOR PROVENZANO THANKS TO FORMULA MASTER Formula Master regular Frankie Provenzano cited the Series as the reason for his quick adaptation to the GP2 Asia single-seater, after he took part in his first GP2 races last ...
SMOOTH GRADUATION TO GP2 FOR PROVENZANO THANKS TO FORMULA MASTER
Formula Master regular Frankie Provenzano cited the Series as the reason for his quick adaptation to the GP2 Asia single-seater, after he took part in his first GP2 races last weekend in Bahrain.
After competing in two Formula Master seasons, the 22-year-old Italian driver joined Trident Racing for his first foray into the Formula 1 feeder series and completed both races successfully. Improving throughout both rounds, Provenzano finished the weekend's second race with lap times only half a second slower than the leading drivers.
"The last time I was in a race car before this weekend was Monza with Formula Master last October so it's a long time, three months, without any racing or testing," said Provenzano. "The aim of the weekend was to gain experience in GP2 without making any mistake; we weren't looking for outright performance yet. It was my first time in a GP2 car and my first time at the Bahrain circuit so the goal was to learn.
"It only took three laps before being able to drive the car properly; it's not very far from the Formula Master single-seater really. The only difference is braking, as they have carbon brakes, and the level of grip in the corners. I had no problem managing the 600hp-engine and I was already used to the gearbox/clutch system since it's on the Formula Master car; you can see I had good starts."
Fellow Formula Master graduate Jerome D'Ambrosio also produced a strong performance with two podium finishes. The 2007 Formula Master Champion secured second in Saturday's feature race before climbing from seventh to a third-place finish in Sunday's sprint round.
"These two podium finishes have given my confidence an enormous boost," said D'Ambrosio who is now fourth in the Drivers Championship. "In Sunday's race, I pushed from start to finish and I pulled off a few great overtaking manoeuvres, which made my third place all the sweeter. I'm over the moon!"