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GP2 Winter Test (Yas Marina, November 23rd)

November 23, 2010

Only nine days after the 2010 season was wrapped in Abu Dhabi, the GP2 field returned to the Middle East circuit to commence their winter test program. 

The first of the four-day run saw James Jakes make the most of the conditions, setting the second best time in the morning (less than 0.1 of-a-second shy of GP2 veteran Michael Herck) and the fastest lap in the afternoon for the Scuderia Coloni squad.
There were several red flags for spins, but no crashes occurred.

Admittedly, it can be very difficult (if not impossible) to judge these tests, without any inkling of set up or fuel weights.
What is impressive though, is that Jakes is a GP2 débutante, having run in the GP3 Series earlier this year. Other GP3 runners to join the test were Robert Wickens, Roberto Mehri (who performed so well at Macau over the weekend), Simon Trummer, Stefano Coletti and GP3 champion Esteban Gutierrez.
It was not a good day though for Camilo Zurcher in the second DPR machine – the 30 year-old Colombian managed only one flying lap over the course of a day punctured with problems.

This is a crucial year for Herck and several other GP2 veterans – should they find themselves outpaced by the incoming talent, it may make it difficult for them to continue their run in Formula 1’s top feeder category.
The test continues tomorrow, with two further test days been conducted on Saturday and Sunday.

Day 1 (Morning Session)
1.  Michael Herck      DPR                  1:48.447 (28)
2.  James Jakes        Scuderia Coloni      1:48.530 (21)
3.  Robert Wickens     iSport International 1:48.761 (19)
4.  Andrea Caldarelli  Racing Engineering   1:48.869 (25)
5.  Josef Kral         Barwa Addax Team     1:48.889 (27)
6.  Esteban Gutierrez  ART Grand Prix       1:48.955 (20)
7.  Sam Bird           Ocean Racing Tech    1:49.106 (18)
8.  Stefano Coletti    Trident Racing       1:49.137 (15)
9.  Roberto Mehri      Arden International  1:49.164 (19)
10. Rodolfo Gonzalez   Racing Engineering   1:49.194 (25)
11. Marcus Ericsson    Super Nova Racing    1:49.217 (19)
12. Charles Pic        Barwa Addax Team     1:49.288 (13)
13. Joylon Palmer      iSport International 1:49.764 (25)
14. Jan Charouz        ART Grand Prix       1:49.970 (27)
15. Kevin Ceccon       Scuderia Coloni      1:49.981 (30)
16. Fabio Leimer       Rapax                1:50.112 (10)
17. Nathanael Berthon  Dams                 1:50.254 (25)
18. Ivan Samarin       Dams                 1:50.470 (30)
19. Julian Leal        Trident Racing       1:50.684 (12)
20. Nicolas Marroc     Ocean Racing Tech    1:50.757 (25)
21. Jake Rosenzweig    Super Nova Racing    1:51.440 (20)
22. Simon Trummer      Arden International  1:51.593 (20)
23. Armaan Ebrahim     Rapax                1:53.914 (28)
24. Camilo Zurche      DPR                  2:33.817  (1)

Day 1 – Afternoon session
1. James Jakes         Scuderia Coloni      1:47.790 (19)
2. Esteban Gutierrez   ART Grand Prix       1:48.209 (27)
3. Charles Pic         Barwa Addax Team     1:48.302 (36)
4. Rodolfo Gonzalez    Racing Engineering   1:48.302 (20)
5. Robert Wickens      iSport International 1:48.408 (20)
6. Stefano Coletti     Trident Racing       1:48.413 (27)
7. Josef Kral          Barwa Addax Team     1:48.426 (24)
8. Michael Herck       DPR                  1:48.555 (19)
9. Andrea Caldarelli   Racing Engineering   1:48.635 (26)
10. Marcus Ericsson    Super Nova Racing    1:48.657 (16)
11. Joylon Palmer      iSport International 1:48.836 (21)
12. Sam Bird           Ocean Racing Tech    1:48.849 (19)
13. Kevin Ceccon       Scuderia Coloni      1:48.870 (13)
14. Roberto Merhi      Arden International  1:48.947 (27)
15. Jan Charouz        ART Grand Prix       1:49.575 (28)
16. Nathanael Berthon  Dams                 1:49.767 (31)
17. Ivan Samarin       Dams                 1:49.950 (25)
18. Julian Leal        Trident Racing       1:50.050  (8)
19. Simon Trummer      Arden International  1:50.056 (29)
20. Nicolas Marroc     Ocean Racing Tech    1:50.651 (15)
21. Armaan Ebrahim     Rapax                1:51.073 (23)
22. Jake Rosenzweig    Super Nova Racing    1:51.419  (8)
23. Fabio Leimer       Rapax                1:51.605  (3)
24. Camilo Zurcher     DPR                         —  (—)

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