“Thoughts on Mitch Evans as well as GP2 and GP3 testing”

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GP3 Series champion Mitch Evans recently visited the Dallara simulator in Italy for a run in the category’s new chassis.

The Kiwi, who tested the real thing in Estoril last week, was given the task of applying on track experiences of the new GP3/13 chassis to data projected by the design crew.

As well as correlating data from the car, the simulation also gave Evans an opportunity to compare the feel of the machine’s Pirelli tyres against the real things.

In simulation, Evans ran 100 laps of Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, while simulator clued in live set-up adjustments, in order to draw the aerodynamic and mechanical balance closer to the GP3/13.
Aside from that, the video also gives an opportunity for motorsport fans to garner a sneak peak at simulator operations, including the dexterity of the simulator structure itself.

Indeed, it has been a busy few weeks for Evans. Aside from running the GP3/13, the 18-year-old also tested a GP2 machine at Barcelona at the end of October. Running with Arden, Evans set a respectable pace to set the 9th quickest time on the opening day, before dropping back to 12th on the damp and tricky second day.

Meanwhile GP2 Series veteran Luca Filippi topped the first day for Scuderia Coloni {note 1}, with Alexander Rossi {note 2} the second day for Caterham Racing.
Others drivers that set impressive times were Daniel de Jong (Coloni), Nigel Melker (DAMS), Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Barwa Addax), Daniel Juncadella (Rapax), Daniel Abt (Lotus) and Marcus Ericsson (Trident).

Back in Estoril, the GP3 teams continued their final test with the first generation GP3/10 car. Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) and Marussia Manor’s Tio Ellinas made the most of day one, while David Fumanelli (also MW Arden) headed both sessions on the final day, with Kvyat and Ellinas in arrears.
Once again Carlin’s Eric Lichtenstein turned a very impressive performance, while Robert Visoiu (MW Arden), Lewis Williamson (Atech CRS), Giovanni Venturini (Status GP) and Jack Harvey (Lotus GP) made their presence felt.

{note 1}
It appears Scuderia Coloni are getting some last bits of mileage from their GP2 car, despite leaving the series at the end of this season. On the other hand, maybe they are just looking for a buyer (I really don’t know).
Rumours that the team were to join the IZOD IndyCar Series have quietened in recent months; however there is still plenty of time to go before the new season kicks off in earnest. Although when one thinks about it, March isn’t actually that far away.

{note 2}
There had been thoughts that Rossi make an appearance in FP1 for Caterham F1 at this weekend’s US Grand Prix at the brand new facility in Austin, Texas; however it was revealed yesterday that Rossi’s opportunity had been shelved for this occasion.
It’s logical. With neither full-time driver having completed any mileage at the Circuit of the Americas, it makes far more sense to ensure they have as much running as possible. Indeed Caterham now find themselves in a situation where they need to be as competitive as possible if they are to overhaul Marussia for 10th place in the Constructor’s Championship.

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