PATRIZI GAINS VALUABLE EXPERIENCE FROM TWO DAY GP2 TEST Young Australian racing driver Michael Patrizi says he has undoubtedly left a two-day GP2 test as a better racing driver after testing for David Price Racing last week at the Paul Ricard ...
PATRIZI GAINS VALUABLE EXPERIENCE FROM TWO DAY GP2 TEST
Young Australian racing driver Michael Patrizi says he has undoubtedly left a two-day GP2 test as a better racing driver after testing for David Price Racing last week at the Paul Ricard circuit in France.
The most inexperienced driver at the test, conducted on October 3 and 4, Patrizi impressed those present with his ablility to learn quickly and absorb information. Coming from racing less powerful Formula BMW and Champ Car Atlantic cars this year, the step up the 580 horsepower GP2 car, the feeder category to Formula 1, was always going to be a steep learning curve.
The 22-year-old West Australian became the first Aussie to driver a GP2 car at the test and over the two days earned the praise of both the DPR team and his rivals with how quickly he came to grips with the awesome machines and his determination to learn as much as possible from the testing.
Patrizi developed his skills and learned an incredible amount about high horsepower racing cars over the two days and will undoubtedly be a better racing driver from the experience gained, carrying the skills learned over the two days at Paul Ricard for the remainder of this racing career.
Patrizi continually improved over the two days and completed long runs over the test, rather than pushing for quick times. Patrizi was also quick to praise the DPR team, with team principal David Price and the team of DPR engineers all guiding Patrizi through the test and teaching him a huge amount about the workings of a GP2 car.
WHAT HE HAD TO SAY --
Michael Patrizi -- #20 David Price Racing
"These past two days of testing have been arguably the most beneficial learning experience of my career," said Patrizi.
"Right from the start David (Price, DPR Team Principal) said not to worry about the times. This test was all about learning and I learnt a huge amount.
"Driving these cars is a full body workout. They are a lot of fun to drive but the overall feeling after driving one is just how much they are capable of. You have to learn to trust the car, because it can do so much, especially on new tyres.
"You can gain over a second running on the new tyre. That is the hardest thing to learn and that's something you get from experience.
"I did a lot of laps over the weekend and was good on the long runs on old tyres. I consistently improved my lap times and that was the goal of the test. I had a lot to learn over the two days and the best way to do that was to do as many laps as possible, rather than keeping coming in to do new tyre runs to set a lap time.
"It was a tremendous learning experience. I did a lot of laps and it was 'hard yakka', but in a lot of ways I did better than I thought I would.
"The first time out of the pits I squeezed the throttle down and to feel all that horsepower for the first time was unbelievable. After that I quickly calmed myself down and started working on learning and improving.
"The DPR team is very professional and I learnt a lot from them. We made a lot of changes to the car over the two days just to see what each change would do and to learn things about the set-up of a GP2 car. They were happy that I gave the right feedback and I could not be happier with how good they were to me and how much they helped me.
"The idea of the test was to learn and to gain confidence. As the test went on I braked a bit later and gained more time when using new tyres. Those two areas are where the gains in time are and they are both things you get from experience. A lot of the drivers at the test have Formula 1 experience and new tyre runs are something that they are good at doing.
"Getting used to learning to drive a car with that much downforce was something different. The power is awesome, but you get used to that quite quickly. You can carry so much speed through the corner and you really have to learn to trust the wings and the tyres and I picked that up more and more as the test went along.
"DPR is a very professional team and were a great team to work with. The engineers taught me a huge amount over the two days and I really have to thank them all for their efforts and the opportunity to drive a DPR GP2 car.
"The Paul Ricard circuit is just unbelievable. It is an incredible facility and the perfect place for testing and an awesome venue to learn to drive a GP2 car. I hope I can get another opportunity to drive a car around that fantastic circuit."