on Day two of the GP2 testing at Jerez.
Continuing from where he left off yesterday Fabio Leimer was, once again, the fastest of all the drivers today at Jerez.
The morning session of the second day of GP2 testing was held in cooler conditions meaning that lap times were about 0.5 of a second faster than the quickest times set in yesterday’s warmer temperatures. From the start of the session Leimer was amongst the fastest in his Racing Engineering chassis and after 30 minutes the Swiss driver set a time of 1:26.701 which proved to be over a tenth of a second faster than any other driver was able to achieve in the rest of the session.
For Rupert Svendsen-Cook, who had not raced anything more powerful than a F3 car before, it was a case of both adjusting to the much more powerful GP2 car and learning the Jerez circuit which was new to him as well. The young Englishman soon showed his professionalism by gradually decreasing his lap times to finish the session in 24th with a time of 1:29.106.
For the afternoon session Leimer and the Racing Engineering team concentrated on working through a development programme and, with lap times about a second slower than the morning, did not attempt a quick time.
Svendsen-Cook soon showed that he had the pace to become a front-running GP2 driver when, once again, he went quicker on every lap and despite the track being slower he set a time of 1:29.110 which put him 15th fastest.
The two days of testing have been very profitable for Racing Engineering with Fabio Leimer setting the fastest time over the two days and being quickest in three out of the four sessions. Additionally Racing Engineering had the opportunity to give both Rodolfo González and Rupert Svendsen-Cook a chance to have a run in their race-winning cars.
Fabio Leimer: “It was a very good day. Like yesterday we were quick straight away in the morning session. We worked on different solutions today, which helped us to improve the lap times even further. I was really happy with the morning session and in the afternoon we worked on long runs, taking advantage of the weather conditions to learn more about the behaviour of the tyres. We had two good days of testing and I would like to thank the team for the good work done.”
Rupert Svendsen-Cook: “I think we really progressed during the test day and I improved my lap time each outing. Arriving at the test on the second day without knowing the car or circuit before, made it a great challenge. I have to thank Racing Engineering for the opportunity today and for making my first transition into GP2 a competitive one.”
Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón, president of Racing Engineering: “I think it's been a very positive two days. Not only did Fabio do a fantastic job in adapting to the team, but also the team in adapting to Fabio. Although we were going through our testing program for next season, Fabio has consistently been the quickest. As for Rodolfo, I am glad we worked with him in a positive direction and it was a very productive day of testing. Even though he has had no experience with GP2 and it was his first time in Jerez, Rupert was doing a good job today at learning so much in such short time. Well done to the entire team. I am very happy with the results obtained and the work done during these two days of testing.”