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Teams set for first race in Sepang

The team's sporting director Thomas Couyotopoulo agreed: "The low air and track temperature are conditions quite far from what we have during normal race weekends, which is taken into consideration when preparing for Sepang," he said. "It will be an interesting season and we will work hard to fight for the top spots this year."

"Everything we wanted to look at, we were able to do," insisted Leimer. "As in Jerez, we gathered a lot of information that will prove helpful in the future. Now we have to proceed with the analysis of the information obtained, but I have a positive feeling for the start of the season in Sepang."

Tyre supplier Pirelli also expressed their satisfaction with the way the testing had gone with all the teams, ahead of their second year servicing the GP2 Series.

"The GP2 drivers are happy with the tyres and the wear rate is what we were after with the new hard compound, which is lasting around five laps longer than the medium compound," said Pirelli's racing manager Mario Isola. "The drivers reported that the medium tyre gave good grip and balance, while the harder tyre was a bit more consistent over a longer stint: which was exactly what we were expecting to see."

Spain had proved unexpected chilly for the time of year, and Isola conceded that this had impacted the test results somewhat. "As we saw at the first F1 tests, higher temperatures would have helped us produce more conclusive results," he agreed.

But overall, he was happy that Pirelli were succeeding with their ambitions for making GP2 an even more representative feeder series to F1 than it already was.

"Our aim in GP2 this year is to make it even more relevant to Formula One by mirroring the philosophy we adopt at the highest level of motorsport," he said. "Producing fast-wearing and exciting tyres that encourage overtaking and actively add to the spectacle of the race, both in terms of on-track action and pit stop strategy."

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Pirelli tyres at 2012 GP2 Series Testing. Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 8th March 2012 [World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Esteban Gutierrez (MEX, Lotus GP) in the garage area on day 2 of 2012 GP2 Series Testing. Barcelona, Spain. Wednesday 7th March 2012. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.]
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