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Hilmer praises 'fantastic' Daly

The team had already topped the timesheets in their first full GP2 track outing the previous week in pre-season testing at the Circuit de Jerez, thanks to French driver Tom Dillmann. The team is yet to confirm who will drive for them in their maiden GP2 season, and Dillmann spent this latest round of testing working with the even newer Russian Time squad.

As for Daly, it's been a busy few months for the young American driver, who also had his first IZOD IndyCar Series test in December with the AJ Foyt Racing team at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.

However, Daly is expected to spend 2013 back in the GP3 Series in which he has competed for the last two years, first with Carlin in 2011 and then last year moving over to the Lotus GP team with whom he clinched sixth place in the drivers championship.

Daly claimed his first GP3 win in last year's sprint race at Barcelona, along with two second places (in Britain and Germany) and a further two podium positions in 2012, and clearly would like to finish off the job properly by lifting the championship trophy in 2013.

Daly will be back at Barcelona again next week for the second round of GP3 pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, where he is expected to once again be at the wheel of the ART Grand Prix #1 car. However, Daly's race seat in the 2013 GP3 season has not yet been formally confirmed, and he indicated at the start of the week that he was still waiting for his new race deal to fully come together before anything could be announced.

The question is whether that points to any potential difficulties locking down sponsorship money, or whether it's down to Daly keeping his options open given how fluid the GP2 driver market remains even just two weeks away from the series opener in Malayasia.


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Hilmer Motorsport logo (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Tom Dillmann (FRA, Hilmer Motorsport) on the first day of 2013 GP2 Series Testing at the Circuit de Jerez in Spain. Tuesday 26th February 2013. (Photo copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Conor Daly (USA, Hilmer Motorsport) 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)
Conor Daly (USA, Hilmer Motorsport) 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)
Conor Daly (USA, Hilmer Motorsport) 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.)
Conor Daly (USA) Venezuela GP Lazarus
Conor Daly (USA) Venezuela GP Lazarus
Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP) at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Saturday 10 May 2014. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing), celebrates his win after race 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Matheo Tuscher (SUI, Jenzer Motorsport), leads Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the start of race 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patrick Kujala (FIN, Marussia Manor Racing) & Nick Yelloly (GBR, Status Grand Prix) go off-track during race 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing), celebrates his win after race 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing), celebrates his win after race 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing), celebrates his win after race 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing), celebrates his win after race 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) after race 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing), Matheo Tuscher (SUI, Jenzer Motorsport) & Dino Zamparelli (GBR, ART Grand Prix) Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Tom Dillmann, (FRA, Arden International), leads Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) and Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) during the sprint race at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Sunday 11 May 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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