21 October 2011
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. "Iï¿½m 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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