14 March 2015
GP2: Rossi eager for second Racing Engineering test
Alexander Rossi is looking forward to continuing his new GP2 relationship with Racing Engineering following a positive test in Abu Dhabi.
GP2 Series veteran Alexander Rossi admits that he cannot wait to get back behind the wheel of his Racing Engineering car after a positive first test with the Spanish team in Abu Dhabi.
The American took his vast experience to the top of the timesheets on the opening day at Yas Marina despite the circuit suffering from dusty and windy conditions. While most of the teams used the first two hours of the session to work on the set-up of their cars, Rossi went fastest of all towards the end of the morning with a time of 1min 50.845secs to make a positive start to his new relationship.
Throughout the afternoon, times were nearly two seconds quicker as the circuit cleaned up and the drivers became more familiar with their cars. Once again, both of the Racing Engineering drivers set very competitive times and, with less than 30 minutes remaining, Rossi put in a 1min 49.474secs to finish day one ninth fastest.
Tuesday's morning session saw windy conditions again, with most teams concentrating on race simulations, at the end of which the American was sixth on the timesheets, while the final day of testing saw the morning session interrupted by two red flags. Lap times, however fell further as many of the drivers fitted the super-soft Pirellis and went for some quick performance laps. Once more, both the Racing Engineering drivers set competitive times, with Rossi finishing the session on 1min 48.857secs to claim fifth place overall.
"We had three busy days of testing and two new drivers in our cars,” race engineer Sebastién Viger commented, “Alex topped the timesheets in the morning of the first day, and both drivers adapted quite well and quickly. Overall, we worked well with both drivers and I think they were happy with the car. We discovered a lot of things on the car, which is important, and, with the implementation of the DRS, it will be interesting this year when it comes to strategy.”
The final pre-season test takes place at the Bahrain International Circuit between 1-3 April, ahead of the opening rounds at the same venue, and Rossi can't wait to return to action.
"Abu Dhabi was a very successful initial test and I felt right at home very quickly,” the American commented, “Throughout the test, we proved our pace, and covered a very broad run programme over the three days. Everyone in the team is extremely professional, focused and talented, and it's a real privilege to drive for Racing Engineering.
“I'm looking forward to debriefing and training next week in preparation for the second testing session in Bahrain, which cannot come soon enough.”
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