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Rapax buoyant after topping Barcelona test

The Rapax team emerged with the best time of all the teams testing at Barcelona this week, thanks to lead driver Stefano Coletti.
Rapax emerged from the second and final three-day pre-season GP2 test session of 2013 with the best time of the week on the 2.892-mile, 16-turn Circuit de Catalunya, despite some difficult and wearing conditions in Barcelona.

Lead driver Stefano Coletti ended up on top of the timesheets on both the first and final days, with his lap of 1:29.055s on Thursday morning proving to be the best time anyone managed all week.

"We could not expect more from collective tests," said the 23-year-old from Monaco. "Things worked out perfectly in Jerez as well as in Barcelona: the car is quick, we did not have any problem and there is a strong drive to win within the team.

"All seems to be in place to start the season on the right foot," he said. "But GP2 is an extremely competitive championship and I believe that several drivers could fight their way through to the win in two weeks time in Malesia."

Coletti's satisfaction with the pre-season testing and optimism for the upcoming season was shared by Andrea Bergamini, the CEO of Rapax.

“We couldn't be more satisfied with the outcome of this test at Barcelona," said Bergamini. "We topped the charts in two of the three days and it's definitely a good indication for the start of the 2013 season.

"We managed to stay fast both in the dry and in the wet while keeping an excellent race pace," he added. "Despite the bad weather that also disrupted the previous session at Jerez, we managed to complete the whole program including all the single tests we had scheduled before lining-up here."

The weather had been a frustration for everyone in Barcelona, with Coletti's best time on Tuesday coming late in the day once the track had dried up. He had chosen to do little running in the morning and posted only two timed laps, but his Swiss team mate Simon Trummer had been keen to go out and play and ended up giving Rapax the third fastest of the early session.

"We were positively impressed by Trummer, who constantly improved his pace and kept his name in the potential points-paying spots," said Bergamini. "The goals for Simon at Sepang will be equally ambitious”.




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Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) during the third day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 7th March. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) during the third day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 7th March. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service)
Simon Trummer (SUI, Rapax) during the second day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Wednesday 6th March. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) during the first day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Tuesday 5th March. (Photo Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) during the third day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Thursday 7th March. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) after race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. ( Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) after race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) after race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) after race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) after race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) after race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) leads Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) and Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) at the start of the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Colleti (MON, Racing Engineering), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) and Arthur Pic (FRE, Campos Racing) celebrate on the podium after the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrates after the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Race winner Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & runner-up Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrate with champagne after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) & Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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