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Preview: GP2's Barcelona weekend

For other drivers who have had less successful starts to the GP2 season, this weekend's races in Barcelona attain special importance for their hopes for 2012.

"Barcelona is a fundamental round for my season," agreed Coloni's Stefano Coletti. "It is going to be crucial to score positive results to get back some lost ground in the classification.

"In some ways my championship is starting from Spain," he added. "From now on it is going to be necessary to get the most out of every single weekend for the rest of the season. We still are confident and both the team and I are extremely motivated to give our best."

His rookie team mate Fabio Onidi has been having a better start to the year. "More or less I am where I expected to be: managing to finish steadily in the top ten was my hope and my aim," he said.

Fellow rookie Rio Haryanto had an eye-catching sprint race last time out in Bahrain with Carlin, and he's hoping to build on that experience this time around.

"We had some good races in Bahrain and I feel that I'm improving with every round, so I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do in Barcelona," said the young Indonesian driver. "It's a track I know well through GP3 so there won't be the added pressure of learning the circuit this weekend."

"If I can get a clean lap in we can be on the front row for the races," said his more experienced team mate Max Chilton confidently. "As with the rest of the races this season it's going to be a case of tyre management during the race itself – with the circuit being quite difficult to overtake on I think most of the overtaking will happen in the last few laps of the race as the tyres begin to drop off."

The times for the GP2 sessions are 11am BST on Friday for the half hour practice session that follows F1 Free Practice 1, and 3pm for the qualifying session after FP2. On Saturday, the 37-lap feature race is scheduled to start at 2.40pm BST after the completion of F1 qualifying, with the 26-lap sprint race on Sunday morning at 9.35am in advance of the F1 Spanish Grand Prix.

All sessions will be shown live in the UK on the Sky Sports F1 channel.

Related Pictures

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Jon Lancaster (GBR, Ocean Racing Technology) in action on day 2 of 2012 GP2 Series Testing. Barcelona, Spain. Wednesday 7th March 2012. [World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Esteban Gutierrez (MEX, Lotus GP) during day 3 of testing at Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 8th March 2012. [World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (GBR, Dams) during day 2 of testing at Barcelona in October 2011. [World Copyright: Drew Gibson /GP2 Series Media Service]
Gustav Malja - Racing Engineering [credit: GP2 Series]
Pierre Gasly - PREMA Racing
Pierre Gasly - PREMA Racing
Pierre Gasly - PREMA Racing
Luca Ghiotto - Trident Racing [credit: GP2 Series]
Luca Ghiotto - Trident Racing [credit: GP2 Series]
Antonio Giovinazzi - Prema Racing [credit: GP2 Series]
Antonio Giovinazzi - Prema Racing [credit: GP2 Series]
Pierre Gasly - PREMA Racing
Antonio Giovinazzi - Prema Racing [credit: GP2 Series]
Pierre Gasly - PREMA Racing
Antonio Giovinazzi - Prema Racing
Sergio Canamasas - Carlin
Pierre Gasly - Prema Racing
Norman Nato - Racing Engineering

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