Ericsson and Bird on the Pace at GP2 tests,Silverstone
Filling the gap between the end of the shortened Asia series andthe beginning of the European series in Turkey, GP2 was at Silverstone this week for some invaluable testing time. With only four days of track time scheduled this year, iSport had many setup solutions to test with a wide variety of conditions presenting a welcome challenge.
On Tuesday cold, windy, and rainy conditions gave iSport their first chance to look at the new Pirelli wet tyres. Team principalPaul Jackson commented “As expected, there was a critical point in the track evolution where the degradation accelerated with a drying surface and you had to change to slicks. This was very useful information to carry through to the season, when no doubt we will be faced with changing weather at some point.”Both drivers put their work in relatively early in the session with Ericsson topping the timesheets at one point and Sam Bird one hundredth of a second behind. As the track dried out more in the afternoon the slick tyres came out, and some fast driving from Bird before a red flag ended the session early left him fourth fastest on the day.
Wednesday was sunny and warm, a more attractive proposition for the large number of guests that were taking advantage of the relaxed nature of the testing days to get up close and personal with iSport international. With track conditions good, and work gradually being completed, both iSport drivers were lookingcomfortable with the car and the track, finishing the morning in third and fifth positions. In the afternoon session, the focus began to shift towards pushing the cars to the limit and setting quick times. Unfortunately Sam’s afternoon was interrupted by the need for an engine change which limited his running, but Marcus Ericsson managed to produce a very well driven lap to jump to the top of the timesheet. A red flag towards the end of the session stopped Sam again when on a new tyre run.
A content Paul Jackson said “I would like to thank all the team who worked hard over the testas usual to produce excellent performance but also to accommodate all our guests during a veryhectic schedule. Everyone in the team loves Silverstone and coming here for the Grand Prix with a British driver will add to the excitement.”