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Leimer happy with top time on first test day

Fabio Leimer had no trouble getting used to the Racing Engineering car on the first day of GP2 post-season testing at Jerez, setting the fastest times in both sessions.
Ideal conditions and a full day of almost completely trouble-free running meant that teams and drivers managed to get the most out of the first of the two-day testing opportunity at the 4.428km Circuito de Jerez.

Fabio Leimer was particularly happy with his first day testing for Racing Engineering, which saw him set the fastest time of the day and top both the morning and afternoon sessions.

"Today was very good," he said. "I think we worked together really well and I also know now where I still have to improve my driving - I am looking forward to tomorrow's test day and hope we can repeat today's results."

It wasn't all plain sailing for the Swiss driver, however. "In the morning it was difficult to say as all went out on new tyres, and for me it was important to get to know the track and also get used to a new car. Then we could actually start to work on the car and made some positive steps forward.

"These were translated into results and we were able to set the fastest time. From there we simply continued our work and I am glad we were underlining this by also marking the fastest lap time in the afternoon session."

Running in the second Racing Engineering car, Rodolfo Gonzalez was almost a second back from Leimer but felt he'd made a lot of advances. "I'm quite happy with the team work. They helped me to progress a lot during the day and we made important steps to go forward. Now it's down to keeping up this work. I feel that I did a great step in my driving today."

Leimer will continue to helm the car on Thursday, while Gonzalez will make way for British driver Rupert Svendsen-Cook.

Scuderia Coloni finished in second place in the morning session, thanks to the current GP2 "vice-champion" Luca Filippi recording a time of less than a hundredth of a second slower than Leimer's best of the day.

"As soon as I got on track I felt that I was driving the same perfect car that allowed me to win in Monza, so the laptime came easily and could have been even better," he said afterwards. "Apart from this, we also did a good job on the technical side, trying some solutions that came to our mind during the season. It was really a great session, we are very happy with it."

He ceded the car to Kevin Ceccon for the afternoon session, who explained that speeds weren't his aim on Wednesday. "Driving in the afternoon and with a lot of fuel I wasn't really looking for performance today. My aim was trying a lot of different set-ups with the team, something you never really get the chance to do during the season."




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Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Barwa Addax Team) in the garage during the first day of testing at Jerez, Spain in September 2011. [World Copyright: Jed Leicester/ GP2 Series Media Service.]
Luca Filippi (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) on track during the first day of testing at Jerez, Spain in September 2011. [World Copyright: Jed Leicester/ GP2 Series Media Service.]
Yelmer Buurman (NED, Team AirAsia) in the garage during the first day of testing at Jerez, Spain in September 2011. [World Copyright: Jed Leicester/ GP2 Series Media Service.]
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) on track during the first day of testing at Jerez, Spain in September 2011. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/ GP2 Series Media Service.]
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) in action at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates in parc ferme after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport), Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrate on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) in Parc Ferme after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates in Parc Ferme after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates with champagne on the podium after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International), Dean Stoneman (GBR, Koiranen GP) and Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix) on the podium after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) & Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) on the feature race podium at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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