Kevin Ceccon enjoyed an encouraging first day of his rookie GP2 Series event at Barcelona. The 17-year-old Italian became the youngest ever driver to take part in a GP2 race weekend, and managed to qualify in an impressive 17th position for Scuderia Coloni.

“I'm really happy, also because looking at the laptimes just a one tenth improvement would have been worth 3 or 4 places on the grid,” said Ceccon.

“I was on the same pace of guys that have much more experience than me in GP2 and on this car, and considering that in the morning we worked a lot with a full tank I feel ready for the race. Obviously, my primary aim is still putting miles under my belt.”

Coloni teammate Michael Herck encountered traffic during qualifying and was left with 14th place on the grid for Saturday afternoon's feature race.

“I'm not really satisfied,” said Herck. “We only got one chance for a quick lap and we got traffic on it, so we couldn't show our real performance. Anyway it will be a long race tomorrow, with the start and the pit-stop as key moments. The rubber laid down by F1 here is different from what we saw in Istanbul, so the tyre management will also be important.”