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Catalunya: Tech 1 Racing preview

J-E. Vergne & D. Juncadella join D. Sechelariu The first GP3 Series race will take place this weekend as a curtain-raiser to the F1 Grand Prix on the Barcelona circuit. For the launch of this new formula, Tech 1 Racing can count on the skills ...

J-E. Vergne & D. Juncadella join D. Sechelariu

The first GP3 Series race will take place this weekend as a curtain-raiser to the F1 Grand Prix on the Barcelona circuit. For the launch of this new formula, Tech 1 Racing can count on the skills of Jean-Eric Vergne, Daniel Juncadella and Doriu Sechelariu to make its mark on GP3.

This weekend, Tech 1 Racing will be present at the Spanish Grand Prix on the Mont Melo circuit near Barcelona for the opening round of the GP3 Series Championship. Ten teams and thirty drivers will do battle in this new formula, which follows the proven format of GP2. Tech 1 Racing is counting on Doriu Sechelariu, Jean-Eric Verge and Daniel Juncadella to shine in the first race.

17-year-old Sechelariu, who took part in the collective test session, will tackle the first round of the season with some experience of this new car. 18-year-old Juncadella also drove the Tech 1 Racing single-seater in a test on the Paul Ricard HTTT circuit. The Spaniard, who filled the runner-up spot in the 2009 Formula BMW Championship, is counting on his familiarity with the Catalan circuit to make the difference.

20-year-old Jean-Eric Vergne will have his first taste of the car. The Frenchman who was runner-up in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup in 2009, and is currently leading the British F3 Championship, has already proved his adaptive capacity by making a splash in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series.

So Tech 1 Racing has a quick and complementary trio who can make their mark right from the green light. "The launch of a new formula is always something special," says Simon Abadie, the Tech 1 Racing team manager. "Winter testing helped us to get to know this car. We're ready and we can count on a very interesting trio of drivers. Doru is here to learn. He's going to improve throughout the season. Daniel Juncadella was quick when he drove for us at Paul Ricard. Jean-Eric still has to dial himself in in a GP3 car, but he has an advantage in that he's already driven more powerful machines like the FR 3.5. Anything can happen in the first race, and it'll give us the opportunity to see where we stand in relation to our rivals."

The season will kick off with a free session on Friday 7th May and the single qualifying session will take place on Saturday 8th May at 08h45. Two races are programmed, one on Saturday at 17h20 and the other on Sunday at 09h25 with a reversed grid.

-source: tech 1 racing

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Series GP3
Drivers Simon Abadie , Daniel Juncadella , Jean-Eric Vergne