Barcelona Test - Day 2
Scuderia Coloni Tops The Sheets
Scuderia Coloni is ready to be among the key players of the GP2 Main Series season that is going to start in Istanbul on May 7. That's the verdict of the Barcelona test, after that the second day saw again both the Italian team's cars in the top spots of the standings.
This was the best possible way to get prepared for the season.
Michael Herck was amazing in the morning session, posting the quickest laptime of the whole test in 1'29"608: this was enough to outpace Sam Bird and Romain Grosjean by just 0.030 seconds in an incredibly hard-fought session. In the afternoon Michael focused on race simulations, completing the programs despite some red flags and closing the session in P15.
Bringing Scuderia Coloni on top in the last session was Davide Rigon, the Italian now feeling at ease with the Dallara-Renault car. Davide, who in the morning had clinched P6 with a good 1'29"754 despite some traffic, closed the afternoon session in second place stopping the clock on 1'30"591. His laptime could have been even better, as he was forced to abort two tries due to red flags, so being unable to make the most of fresh Pirelli rubber.
So, the team gets back from Spain with a very positive balance, feeling ready to challenge for podium positions right from the first Turkish races.
"This was the best possible way to get prepared for the season. We know that in Istanbul the competition will be very hard as our opponents are going to give all, but closing the last test on top gives us a very good feeling. In the morning the conditions were so good that we went for performance as everybody else: the outcome was a sort of qualifying session, and clinching 1st place was really great. Then in the afternoon we worked for the race, as understanding the way this tyres wear will be a key factor for the Championship."
"Today was another very good day. Now I have a good feeling with the car and also a good understanding of how to get the best performance from the tyres. Looking at our competitiveness level we can be very happy as we were the quickest out there, and it could have been even better without some bad luck: this morning during my best lap I was slowed down by traffic in Sector 3, I lost around 3 tenths and considering that my laptime could have been easily a 1'29"5, putting me on top of the whole test. Also in the afternoon I couldn't make the most of my new tyres because of the red flags, but I'm happy anyway. We did a great job with the team and we know where we can still improve, so it's looking really good for us."
-source: scuderia coloni