The Draco Multiracing USA team has said that it will not make a decision about its second driver before getting a chance to run with the definitive World Series by Renault car next month.
Despite having been impressed by San Marino driver Christian Montanari during last week's Barcelona group test, the Italian team has said that it will not reveal the identity of Markus Winkelhock's new team-mate until after it gets the chance to evaluate drivers in the car that it will campaign in 2005.
“We are very pleased with the work that we did in Barcelona, and Winkelhock is demonstrating what we expected from him, improving lap after lap," team owner Adriano Morini commented, "We are very impressed by Montanari too, especially as it was the first time that he had driven at the circuit. At the moment, though, we long to have the new car, with which we'll test at Le Mans next month.”
Winkelhock and Montanari were joined in Barcelona by former Euro 3000 frontrunner Jonny Reid, who ran with the team on day two of the test, but proved to be a second off Montanari's pace.
“I'm very happy because I had never run in Barcelona before," Montanari commented, "However, I set good laps. Even though, on the first day, I only ran a few laps with used tyres, I still put in the fifth best lap of the day, while yesterday I used a new set of tyres and turned in a decent performance. I can still improve, and I feel at ease with the Draco team - I can learn a lot from working with them and I hope to repeat this experience.”