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Nov 22

Marcus Ericsson tops Day 1 in Jerez

Swede driver quickest on first day of post season tests

GP2 - Marcus Ericsson (DAMS)GP2 - Felipe Nasr (Carlin)Marcus Ericsson put his experience and driving skills to good use today at the wheel of 2012 Champions DAMS car as he topped the timing sheet in Jerez in a trouble free afternoon session. Earlier in the morning, it was Felipe Nasr at Carlin who lead the way.

The final GP2 Series post-season test session opened today in foggy conditions and it was red flagged within the first thirty minutes as visibility was challenging at turns 6 and 7. When the morning session resumed ten minutes later, the track conditions were still a bit tricky and many drivers opted to wait in the garages until the sun made a much awaited appearance. Jolyon Palmer at the wheel of a Lotus GP car claimed the early top spot ahead of Stéphane Richelmi (Trident).

As the track conditions improved, most cars fed onto the track and it was Ericsson who topped the timing sheet, 0.7s clear from his teammate for the day Rio Haryanto. Both men dipped under the 1m28s barrier with Nigel Melker (Racing Engineering) in tow. Julian Leal at Trident found some extra pace and moved up to P2.

In the final thirty minutes, Carlin’s Nasr went quickest in 1:26.810, 0.08s faster than Richelmi. Johnny Cecotto at Carlin moved up to P3, but in the closing minutes, Stefano Coletti (Rapax) and Ericsson edged out the Venezuelan to take P3 and P4 respectively. Fabio Onidi (Coloni), Mitch Evans (Arden), Haryanto, Kevin Giovesi (Lazarus) and Alexander Sims (Addax) rounded out the top ten.

The sun came out to play as the afternoon session started. Coletti set the early pace but Cecotto and Sims both improved, the Carlin man one tenth ahead of the Addax driver. As the clock ticked down and drivers used as much track time as possible, Nasr went top seven tenths faster than Haryanto who had moved up to P2. The rest of the field played catch up with the Brazilian with Cecotto, Daniel Juncadella (Rapax), Alexander Rossi (Caterham) and Coletti all moving up to P2 and edging out each other.

In the final hour, the skies became greyer and the temperatures dropped slightly. Coletti went four hundredths quicker than Nasr, but the Monegasque driver’s time was then improved by Fabio Onidi at Coloni. With thirty minutes left on the clock, Ericsson broke under the 1m27s barrier followed closely by Sims. At the chequered flag, Giovesi finished third ahead of Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Arden), Richelmi, Onidi, Cecotto, Coletti, Nasr and Haryanto.

Tomorrow’s session will start at 9am local time.

Morning results
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Felipe Nasr
DAMS
1:26.810
25
2.
Stéphane Richelmi
Trident Racing
1:26.898
33
3.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:26.926
22
4.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:26.934
21
5.
Johnny Cecotto
Carlin
1:27.110
23
6.
Fabio Onidi
Scuderia Coloni
1:27.308
23
7.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:27.426
26
8.
Rio Haryanto
DAMS
1:27.427
25
9.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:27.553
24
10.
Alexander Sims
Barwa Addax Team
1:27.562
26
11.
Daniel De Jong
Scuderia Coloni
1:27.575
22
12.
Nigel Melker
Racing Engineering
1:27.664
20
13.
Alexander Rossi
Caterham Racing
1:27.767
25
14.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Arden International
1:27.772
28
15.
Jolyon Palmer
Lotus GP
1:27.791
30
16.
Daniel Juncadella
Rapax
1:27.795
36
17.
Julian Leal
Trident Racing
1:27.801
28
18.
Sergio Canamasas
iSport International
1:27.827
33
19.
Daniel Abt
Lotus GP
1:27.861
26
20.
Simon Trummer
Caterham Racing
1:27,962
24
21.
Rene Binder
Racing Engineering
1:28.034
26
22.
Kevin Mirocha
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:28.210
33
23.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:28.682
23
24.
Jolyon Palmer
iSport International
1:52.368
1
25.
Ramon Pinero
Ocean Racing Technology
2:00.189
1
Afternoon results
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:26.717
28
2.
Alexander Sims
Barwa Addax Team
1:26.883
36
3.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:27.043
25
4.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Arden International
1:27.059
25
5.
Stéphane Richelmi
Trident Racing
1:27.111
44
6.
Fabio Onidi
Scuderia Coloni
1:27.114
24
7.
Johnny Cecotto
Carlin
1:27.135
23
8.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:27.162
22
9.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:27.166
22
10.
Rio Haryanto
DAMS
1:27.188
26
11.
Alexander Rossi
Caterham Racing
1:27.257
30
12.
Kevin Mirocha
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:27.293
28
13.
Jolyon Palmer
Lotus GP
1:27.324
41
14.
Julian Leal
Trident Racing
1:27.343
23
15.
Daniel Juncadella
Rapax
1:27.474
24
16.
Daniel De Jong
Scuderia Coloni
1:27.598
31
17.
Nigel Melker
Racing Engineering
1:27.645
20
18.
Sergio Canamasas
iSport International
1:27.755
36
19.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:27.811
28
20.
Daniel Abt
Lotus GP
1:27.874
39
21.
Rene Binder
Racing Engineering
1:27.900
29
22.
Simon Trummer
Caterham Racing
1:27.920
31
23.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:28.662
28
 

source: GP2 Series

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Caterham Racing

  • GP2 Jerez post season test – Day 1
  • Circuito de Jerez 22/11/2012

Day one of the final GP2 test of 2012 provided valuable information for the Caterham Racing GP2 team as they fielded Caterham F1 Team Test Driver Alexander Rossi and GP2 racer Simon Trummer.

The morning began slowly and the first session was delayed by 45 minutes due to fog hampering visibility at turns 6 and 7. The fog lifted but the track remained greasy and Caterham Racing, along with the majority of teams, waited until conditions improved before starting their test programme.

Trummer spent much of the morning becoming acquainted with the car while Rossi worked on adapting his style and car setup to the abrasive 4.423 km circuit. Both drivers completed over 24 laps during the morning session which concluded at midday.

The afternoon session got underway at 2pm with the sun shining and temperatures soaring to 22 degrees providing very different conditions to the earlier session.

The drivers made good progress with both improving on their morning times and at the flag Rossi and Trummer were placed 11th (1:27.257) and 22nd (1:27.920) respectively.

Caterham Racing Team Manager Phill Spencer “The team have prepared well for our final test here in Jerez and it has been great welcoming Simon to the team. Operationally everything has run smoothly today and we have been concentrating on our own testing programme rather than chasing times. Both drivers have had a productive day and we are all looking forward to tomorrow”.

Alexander Rossi “Alexander Rossi “After the fog cleared we spent most of the morning evaluating the progress we made in Barcelona, focussing on finding the best balance for the afternoon. The competition was good, with one second covering the top 18. I’m not satisfied with my overall lap time today, P11 is not indicative of our pace, but I’m confident we’ve found a good balance for tomorrow.”

Simon Trummer “This is my first time in a GP2 car with a new team and it has taken a little time to adjust to the car but I have learnt lots today and enjoyed working with the Caterham Racing team and my engineer. I didn’t quite find the pace on new tyres and tomorrow I will work on adapting my driving style and getting the best out of the Pirelli tyres.

Caterham Racing Chief Engineer Humphrey Corbett “ We have had a productive day and completed our test schedule as planned without the interruption of red flags, which is unusual here in Jerez. I am very happy with the feedback from both drivers and they have improved and adapted to the circuit throughout the day. We are very close in terms of lap times and will continue with our program tomorrow carrying through everything we have learnt today.

source: caterham-racing.com