The final pre-season testing begins today, the 1st April, at the Sakhir Circuit in Bahrain and all the GP2 teams will be attending for the three days of running before the opening race in the 2015 GP2 Series.
In last month’s tests at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi Racing Engineering’s two new drivers, Jordan King and Alexander Rossi, set some very promising times. Now these final three days will be very important for the Spanish team and both men to finalise all the details of car set-up, driver comfort as well as practising qualifying laps and race distance runs. These will be particularly important for Jordan as this will be his first season in GP2 as well as his first time at the Bahrain International Circuit. For Alexander, although he has yet to complete a full season, his experience of GP2 racing will prove invaluable in continuing to build a rapport with the team and allowing him to give informed feedback to his race engineer.
The first round of the 2015 GP2 Series will take place at the Sakhir Circuit from the 17th to the 19th of April.
Facts1. So far 28 drivers have graduated from GP2 to F1 and we are sure there are many more to come.
2. Each driver has 5 sets of slicks per weekend – three of the prime specification and two of the option spec. There are also three sets of wet tyres available per weekend.
3. The top 10 drivers of the feature race score points (25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1). Setting the fastest lap of the race is awarded with a further 2 points.
4. In Sunday’s sprint race the top 8 finishers take points (15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1). As in the feature race, the fastest race lap also means 2 extra points.
5. The maximum amount of points a driver can score during a GP2 race weekend is 48 points. (78 is the maximum a team can score).
6. Brake temperatures can go up to 1,000 degrees Celsius.
7. A GP2 car can shift gears in 1 tenth of a second.
8. The best possible race starts in a GP2 car allows the driver to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds.
9. Peak deceleration in GP2 is 4.8G. Peak acceleration in GP2 is 1.8G. Peak lateral force in GP2 is 4.5G.
10. In GP2, a good pit-stop takes less than 6 seconds. This includes lifting the car, changing all 4 wheels and releasing the car. All this is done by only 6 team members.