GP2 »

Rain dampens second day of Barcelona tests

The GP2 teams got all the wet track running they could have hoped for early on the second day of post-season testing at Barcelona, but drier conditions prevailed in the afternoon.
The second day of post-season testing for the GP2 teams at the Circuit de Catalunya, just outside of Barcelona in Spain, got underway to a most unwelcome sight - heavy rain drenching the track.

While most of the cars dutifully went out for their installation laps, by the midpoint of the three-hour morning session only three cars had attempted a timed lap with Jolyon Palmer setting the first two-minute time of the day up to that point.

The rain finally came to a top with half an hour to go before the lunchtime break, which allowed drivers to finally head out and explore the still-treacherous conditions. Racing Engineering's Facundo Regalia finally set the best time of the morning, although his time of 1:51.799s spoke volumes for just how tricky the handling still was.

After having lost so much productive track time in the morning, the teams were quick to get out on track in the afternoon even if the circuit was still in the process of drying. After 30 minutes of activity, Lotus GP's Sergio Canamasas topped the timesheets ahead of Arden's Simon Trummer and Barwa Addax's Jake Rosenzweig.

Times didn't really begin to drop until the halfway point when slick tyres finally became a viable proposition. By the time the afternoon session came to an end, Alexander Rossi had managed to put his Caterham at the top of the timesheets with a lap of 1:31.173s, around four tenths faster than Adrian Quaife-Hobbs in the Barwa Addax.

As a result of the tricky wet conditions and the still-slippery state of the track in the afternoon as it slowly dried in the cool but brighter weather, there were plenty of red flags punctuating the session.

Venezuela GP Lazarus' Rene Binder caused far more than his fair share of them: the Austrian first spun in the morning just short of the two-hour mark, beaching himself in the sodden gravel in turn 5; and he lost control of the car again just before the end of the session, this time coming to a halt in turn 6. In between these two bookends, DAMS' Sergey Sirotkin also managed to go wide in turn 4 to cause an additional stoppage.

In the afternoon, the first stoppage was triggered by a double incident with DAMS' other driver Arthur Pic joining iSport's Pal Varhaug in off-track excursions into the gravel just before the first hour mark while experimenting with transferring to slick tyres just a little earlier than conditions would actually allow.

Half an hour later and the red flag honours once again went to Binder, who spun and stopped in turn 7. Soon after the two-hour point it was Rapax's Daniel Juncadella's turn to run wide, this time at turn 4; and shortly after the track went green again it was Caterham driver Lucas Foresti's turn to come to a halt at the same spot.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Lucas Foresti (BRA, Caterham Racing) during the second day of post-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday October 31 2012. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Adrian Quaife Hobbs (GBR, Barwa Addax Team) during the second day of post-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday October 31 2012. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Facundo Regalia (ARG, Racing Engineering) and Nigel Melker (NED, Racing Engineering) during the second day of post-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday October 31 2012. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Alexander Rossi (USA, Caterham Racing) during the firt day of post-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday October 30 2012. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Eddie Cheever Jr. (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) during the second day of post-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday October 31 2012. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Eddie Cheever Jr. (ITA, Scuderia Coloni) during the second day of post-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday October 31 2012. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Alexander Rossi (USA, Caterham Racing) during the second day of post-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday October 31 2012. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Nelson Mason (CAN, Hilmer Motorsport) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Jann Mardenborough (GBR, Arden International) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Carlin) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Carlin) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Wednesday, April 16 2014. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Carlin) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.