Ernesto Viso will take part in this weekend's World Series by Renault at Paul Ricard, despite having already signed a deal to contest the inaugural GP2 championship with BCN.
The rumour mill can stop turning there, however, as the Venezuelan has revealed that the outing, with Cram Competition, will serve merely as a warm-up for him ahead of the planned GP2 group test next week. Both runs will take place at Ricard, and the World Series test will provide Viso with ample chance to get to know the French circuit, as well as re-acquainting himself with a single-seater after nearly three months out of the cockpit. He conducted a similar run at Estoril last October, running in Carlin's Formula Nissan Dallara to prepare for a GP2 test with Arden.
Viso accepted the invitation from Cram owner Marcello Rosei to try one of the Italian operation's Formula Renault V6 cars during a group test designed to allow World Series squads to assess potential drivers for 2005. The test will see as many as 24 pilots on track, although direct comparison will be difficult as both FRV6 and Formula Nissan machines will share the circuit.
“It will be good to be back after almost three months without any activity on the track," Viso commented, "I have seen the work that has been going on down at BCN workshop in Barcelona, but have not been able to test the GP2 car yet. The test at Paul Ricard will be good and, even if the World Series car does not have the same power and performance of a GP2, it will allow me to get to know the circuit.
"Marcello Rosei contacted us and we accepted his proposal, even though running with Cram will also be somewhat new, because they come from Renault V6. My objective will be to practice, to get to know the track, without any specific goal. In October, I tested the WS car and found that it had a very good ground-effect floor, even if the 420 horsepower from the engine was somewhat less than the 500bhp I was used to from F3000. I have no doubt that this test will serve me well for the 600bhp GP2 car.”