Barcelona Test - Day 1
Good Start For Scuderia Coloni
There couldn't have been a better way to start the Barcelona GP2 test days for Scuderia Coloni. The Italian team came to the Spanish track with a lot of ideas after analyzing the data gathered in the previous Silverstone outing, and the track today gave the technical staff the expected answers, right from the first laps. Both Scuderia Coloni's cars were among the quickest during the whole day: Davide Rigon was the man to watch in the morning session, being the fastest of the pack in the first run and then closing in P8 with 1'30"347. Davide and the engineers were so happy with their job that they decided to spend the afternoon in making evaluations on a more race-oriented setup. That's why the Italian driver completed only five laps in the afternoon, keeping all his sets of new tyres for tomorrow.
So, in the afternoon it was Michael Herck who brought Scuderia Coloni in the top spots of the standings: the Romanian driver, who had posted a 1'30"671 in the morning, improved to 1'30"262 in the afternoon, closing the session in 4th position behind Jules Bianchi and ahead of Romain Grosjean.
So the team has very high expectations also for tomorrow: the cars will go on track at 9 AM and the day will be over at 5 PM.
Davide Rigon: "I'm really happy with how things started here. This morning we were the second car to go out on track, and we easily posted a good laptime even if the tarmac was very dirty. This means that the car is ok, and also that my feeling is improving, even if I need to get some more mileage. In the afternoon we decided to work race-wise: this prevented us from from posting quick laptimes but will prove very useful in the future, so I'm happy that we did it. We also kept all our fresh tyres for tomorrow, so we will have plenty of time to look for performance".
Michael Herck: "It was a really positive day for us, we managed to find a very good set-up already at the end of the morning session, and I feel that in the afternoon my laptime could have been at least two tenths quicker. Tomorrow we will improve and the track will do the same, so our aim can be something around 1'29"7. Anyway we're always with the quickest on track, and this is very good looking to the start of the season".
-source: scudeia coloni