Kobayashi tops afternoon times and Pentus finishes 12th Fat Burner Racing Engineering enjoyed another productive day of work at the Circuito de Jerez, where, in the afternoon session, the Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi, at the wheel of one of...
Kobayashi tops afternoon times and Pentus finishes 12th
Fat Burner Racing Engineering enjoyed another productive day of work at the Circuito de Jerez, where, in the afternoon session, the Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi, at the wheel of one of the Spanish team's cars, finished at the top of the time sheets. Estonian Sten Pentus finished the afternoon session in 12th position.
During the second GP2 test day at the Spanish track, the Fat Burner Racing Engineering Team continued working on its preparations towards the 2010 season with reigning GP2 Asian champion Kamui Kobayashi and World Series driver Sten Pentus. Both drivers worked on the team's program without encountering any problems. Kobayashi showed his experience in the category setting very competitive times since the very first moments to finish the morning session in third although he was stopped on his fast lap by a red flag. Pentus, on the other hand, used the morning hours to adapt to the GP2 car, which he had not driven since last year's test at Paul Ricard, and set the 21st fastest time.
With the temperatures rising at the Circuito de Jerez towards the afternoon, the session brought very good results for both drivers in Fat Burner Racing Engineering's cars. Completing short stints, Kamui was able to keep a constant pace to be within the top positions. When the session was red flagged 26 minutes to the end, many drivers opted to stay in the pits and conclude their test day, but the Toyota test driver decided to have another go which ended in him setting the best time of the afternoon. 'Team mate' Pentus also improved his morning results considerably, and on his last flying lap he managed to set the 12th best time.
Kamui Kobayashi: It has been a very good day. Obviously everything was new and different for me as I have never before tested or driven for Fat Burner Racing Engineering. The team has a different work style from what I am used to in GP2, but everything went ok and I adapted without problems. The car has behaved very well and at the end I managed to set a good lap time which placed me in P1. It is true that it is not easy to set good times as there are many rookies, but it has been a very nice day.
Sten Pentus: Very good day. It has been a very good experience. Last year I had the chance to test with Fat Burner Racing Engineering in Paul Ricard, but then the weather was not very good, so I did not get a good feeling for the car. This time it has been different. Today has been fantastic. Obviously there are a few differences between World Series by Renault and GP2, but the main one is the tyre. In WSR we are using Michelin tyres, which last longer. In GP2 with the Bridgestone tyres, plus the heat, you can complete one warm up lap and then you have to go for the time on the first flying lap, although you already have less grip. I struggled a bit with the car's balance and on my last run with new tyres, I thought I would not be well balanced. But as the team is so experienced, they knew everything would work out well. I did not expect to have such a good grip and I have to admit I was quite surprised with my fast lap! I wish I could do more test days, but am happy that everything worked well. The engineers and mechanics have been very nice and great to work with. I am happy with the overall results as I finished in front of many drivers who have much more experience in GP2 Series than I do.
Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, Team President: I am very happy with today's results. Kamui has been exceptional. He has done a great job and at the end he finished in P1. Sten has consistently improved during the day as his times prove. Once again, the whole team has done a fantastic job.