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Coletti happy to be back behind the wheel

Coletti found the first day of testing a bit to be more of a 'proof of concept' of his readiness to be back behind the wheel, confirming that he felt fine despite running 52 laps in total during the day, but his attempt to set a flying time on new tyres was thwarted by traffic and a red flag.

He had a much better time of things with Coloni on the Thursday, finishing fifth fastest in the morning session with a time of 1:29.736s and going fastest of all in the slower afternoon session largely dedicated to racing simulations as he completed another 46 laps in total.

"Today was a great day for me," said Coletti. "With the Scuderia Coloni car I felt at ease straight out of the box and already early in the morning, when the track was still damp, I could push as hard as I wanted.

"I could have entered the top 3 easily there, but together with the team we decided to keep a set of new tyres for the afternoon, and as we posted the quickest laptime of this last session we can say it worked pretty well despite my back aching a bit," he admitted. "I�m still recovering, and after such a lengthy stop driving for two whole days was a big effort."

After confirming that he was back to race fitness, Coloni now hopes to pick up a seat for next month's GP2 Final. While nothing is confirmed, Coletti's personal website refers to the driver's "probable participation" in the Abu Dhabi.

Coletti will also be hoping to get a deal with an F1 team to get time in one of the cars in the 'Young Driver' tests that the teams traditionally hold at the Yas Marina circuit in the days after the Grand Prix as they scout for the next generation of up-and-coming racing talent. Nothing is confirmed for Coletti for the rookie tests, as first he had to check out his recovery and fitness. Now that's done, he can start making plans:

"I want to start working to be ready, if possible, for Abu Dhabi's race in November," he confirmed, as the teams packed up in Barcelona, Coletti headed home to Monte Carlo and from there to holiday in Kenya - while the cars and equipment were crated up and started on their long trip to the Middle East.

Beyond the GP2 Final, there is also the question of the 2012 season looming large as well for Coletti: "Very good 2 days of testing," he concluded on Twitter. "Now have to choose a team for next year!"




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2011 GP2 Series. Round 1. Istanbul Park, Istanbul Turkey. 8th May. Sunday Race. Stefano Coletti (MON, Trident Racing) crosses the line to take victory. [Picture credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service]
Stefano Coletti (MON, Trident Racing) celebrates his victory in the sprint race at the Hungaroring, Hungary in July 2011. [Photo: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.]
Eventual race winner Stefano Coletti (MON, Trident Racing) during the sprint race at the Hungaroring, Hungary in July 2011. [Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service.]
Trident Racing`s Stefano Coletti, photographed at home in Monaco earlier in 2011. [Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
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Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) on the podium after the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 22 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) after qualifying at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 21 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/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) 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.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates win with his father Jonathan at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014.(Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates victory at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Newly-crowned 2014 GP2 Series Champion Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in Parc Ferme at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action in practice at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action in practice at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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