25 February 2013
Ma Qing Hua set for GP2 test
"We are delighted to welcome both Ma and Canamasas to our team for the first test of the 2013 GP2 season," he said. "Both drivers have lots to offer and we look forward to working with them and helping develop their skills in the GP2 car."
Caterham previously tested Lucas Foresti, Simon Trummer and Alexander Rossi in the post-season tests at the end of last year. Rossi in particular had been expected to be signed as a full-time driver at Caterham in 2013, but the team press release made it clear that no decisions had yet been made and that they "will announce their GP2 Championship driver line-up in due course."
"I am very happy to test with Caterham Racing in Jerez and I am looking forward to it. My target will be to develop the car and to show good performance. We are going to put everything in to the test and I feel sure that the preparation I have done over the last three months will show."
Meanwhile, the Venezuela GP Lazarus team - which had had already confirmed that Austrian driver Rene Binder would be with them for the forthcoming season - announced on Sunday that Binder will be joined at Jerez this week by Kevin Giovesi, the reigning European F3 Open Copa Class champion.
Giovesi's selection is no surprise, as the 19-year-old Italian turned out for the squad on all four days of post-season testing at the end of 2012. Three of those days were alongside Binder, but the team also elected to give a one-day outing to Polish driver Kevin Mirocha, who has previously run a partial GP2 season in 2011 with Ocean Racing Technology and who has recently been linked with a seat at Hilmer Motorsport by European media reports.
Hilmer was the final team to announce its test line-up. The GP2 Series official twitter feed reported on Monday afternoon that the newest team in the GP2 line-up would be fielding Norway's Pal Varhaug and French driver Tom Dillmann for its first track session this week.
Varhaug competed for DAMS in the 2011 GP2 season alongside Romain Grosjean before switching to Auto GP World Series last year. Tom Dillmann started 2012 in GP2 with Rapax, before funding problems saw him replaced by Daniël de Jong.
The iSport team announced on Friday that they would not be attending the Jerez test at all, and were looking to sell their GP2 assets and quit the series with immediate effect over a funding shortfall.
After this week's test at Jerez, there is a second three-day pre-season track opportunity for the GP2 field at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona next week before the team's equipment is crated up and freighted to Malaysia for the season opener at the Sepang International Circuit on March 24.
Full Jerez test line-up
DAMS - Marcus Ericsson, Stéphane Richelmi
Lotus GP - James Calado, Daniel Abt
Arden - Johnny Cecotto Jr., Mitch Evans
Racing Engineering - Fabio Leimer, Julian Leal
Carlin - Felipe Nasr, Jolyon Palmer
Caterham Racing - Ma Qing Hua *, Sergio Canamasas *
Barwa Addx - Jake Rosenzweig, Rio Haryanto
Rapax - Stefano Coletti, Simon Trummer
Trident Racing - Robin Frijns *, Nathanael Berthon *
Venezuela GP Lazarus - Rene Binder, Kevin Giovesi *
MP Motorsport - Daniël de Jong, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorport - Pal Varhaug *, Tom Dillmann *
iSport- Not attending
* denotes currently only confirmed for Jerez test
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