Ocean Racing Technology powerful at Paul Ricard Ocean Racing Technology concluded three days of testing at the Paul Ricard circuit in France as one of the fastest teams of the GP2 Main Series. The Portuguese team's challenge initially...
Ocean Racing Technology powerful at Paul Ricard
Ocean Racing Technology concluded three days of testing at the Paul Ricard circuit in France as one of the fastest teams of the GP2 Main Series. The Portuguese team's challenge initially encountered several difficulties with its two single-seaters but thankfully they knew exactly how to thwart them.
On the afternoon of the third day, Fabio Leimer was the 3rd fastest driver on track while his teammate, Max Chilton, had everything that he needed to match him but the multiple red flags prevented the Englishman from getting into the top 5. Nevertheless, the Swiss driver's best time was just a mere 24 hundredths off the best time, proving that the work carried out by Ocean Racng Technology is bearing fruit.
Fabio explained why it was only the last day that Ocean Racing Technology could polish up their set up, as the engineering problems encountered during the first two days interfered with the development program of the car. "Finally, we are on the right track. After two difficult days we could finally work effectively on the car. Previously, we had almost all kinds of misfortunes, engine problems, brake issues and others which made us lose a considerable amount of track time. On Thursday afternoon we finally succeeded in putting all the pieces of the puzzle together and our lap times got better and better. Therefore, I am satisfied. I know that we can go into the next tests with confidence. In Barcelona, it will be possible to build on the good base line that we secured in Paul Ricard and be able to test specific set up for qualifying and the race, and of course improve the performance even further," Leimer declared.
Max Chilton was handicapped by the same problems as his teammate during the first two days, and the six red flags on the third did not give him the opportunity to show the real potential of his car. The English driver is positive that with a clear track and a good run, he also could have fought with the best. "The test started badly but all's well that ends well. I hope that we concentrated all our problems at Paul Ricard. I know that I had the potential to be in the leading bunch and that gives me confidence for the final pre season tests. I want to prove that Ocean Racing Technology will be a team that you will need to take seriously in the GP2 Main Series," declared Chilton.
Tiago Monteiro and Jose Guedes, are satisfied with the work carried out over the three days. The two directors of the team also underlined the quality of the work performed by their two young drivers who are just discovering the GP2 Main Series.
"We will still have a lot of work to do in Barcelona because we had so little time to improve our package at Paul Ricard. It was impossible to foresee the mechanical problems we encountered and they forced us to stay in the garage for a long time. Finally, the last day was productive and allowed us to improve our total performance. The drivers also improved. If not for the engineering problems, Max should have matched Fabio's performances and the entire team deserves our congratulations for their persistence and progress," Tiago Monteiro declared.
In two weeks time, the GP2 Main Series will move to the Catalunya circuit, in Barcelona. This will be the final testing session before the beginning of the championship, on May 8 on the same circuit.