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Valsecchi cautious despite test success

For his own part, the 2011 British Formula Three champion agreed that "It was all new to me: the car, the power, the tyres, the brakes and the circuit. It's a big leap and as the days passed I began to understand the car and tyres better." But by the end he felt he was getting to grips with it all: "I'm happy with the way I've improved," he said.

Now the whole team needs to spend the next few days working over the informaton they've gained this week, in advance of next week's three-day test stint in Barcelona running from Tuesday March 6 to Thursday March 8.

"We discovered interesting avenues of work to explore, found good setups very quickly, and we collected a large amount of useful data," said Sicard.

Nasr was certainly looking forward to getting back in the cockpit next week. "I can't wait to drive in Barcelona," he confirmed. "It's a track I know so I can get to grips with it much quicker.”

As for Valsecchi, he was looking forward to putting his feet up at the weekend and taking a well-earned race. "I'm feeling a little tired at the end of the week as we got through a lot of work," he admitted. "But I'm happy, the car's running really well."

If Valsecchi, Nasr and the team can continue their trajectory next week in the same way the kicked off the year at Jerez, then it will be hard not to let expectations of a second consecutive DAMS drivers' champion in 2012 after last year's success that saw Romain Grosjean elevated back into F1.




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Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) in the DAMS garage during day 3 of pre-season testing at Jerez in Spain - Thursday, March 1. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Dams) in the garage during the first day of GP2 pre-season testing at Jerez. February 2012. [Picture credit: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service]
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Dams) during the first day of GP2 pre-season testing at Jerez. February 2012. [Picture credit: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service]
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) on track for day 3 of pre-season testing at Jerez in Spain - Thursday, March 1. [Picture Credit: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service]
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) elebrate at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrate at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) & Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) on the podium at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Sunday 20 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Mitch Evans (NZL, Russian Time), Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) & Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrate at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Saturday 19 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Thursday 17 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Friday 18 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Friday 18 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Friday 18 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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