With just a few minor incidents stunting progress, GP2 officials have labelled the first official test for their new chassis a success.

Following two largely uninterrupted days of running, interspersed by some inevitable mechanical woes, there was encouragement to see that teams were beginning to fine tune their cars for speed.

Indeed, Romain Grosjean's pace setting time of 1min 12.031secs was already up on the previous best laps around the Paul Ricard circuit with the previous car, much to the delight of technical director Didier Perrin.

"We've have been very encouraged regarding the future reliability of our car," he said. "We obtained much more than that: by the end of the day, the teams were already working on the performance of the car which is quite the accomplishment for a first run. The results definitely exceeded our expectations."

As expected, the more intricate design of the new Dallara chassis and the improvements on the engine front by suppliers Mecachrome prompted a handful of technical issues over the four session. Nonetheless, Perrin played them down as minor and is confident they can be resolved well ahead of the new season.

"It's pretty normal to have few little glitches on such a complex car. We are pleasantly surprised to realise that we have very few glitches to sort out.

"We will have to work on these minor problems with our official suppliers Dallara and Mecachrome in the next days, but we know exactly what needs to be done and we are convinced we will be able to fix everything very quickly."


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