Italian GP2 outfit Scuderia Coloni are all ready to face the 2010 GP2 Series after successfully completing the final collective GP2 test at Barcelona, Spain – the venue for the season opening races on the 8/9 May, alongside the first European race of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship.
Compared to the previous test at the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track in France, the final three day test saw dry weather all three days apart from a small shower on the first afternoon.
The dry conditions gave the team a chance to try out a number of different dry weather set ups ahead of the first two races of the 2010 GP2 Series campaign, in what the teams expect to be similar conditions come the 8/9 May.
The teams Dallara-Renault cars were amongst the most reliable in the field completed a number of laps and no technical glitches. Their Bulgarian rookie Vladimir Arabadzhiev showed his potential and his willingness to learn – over the three days, Arabadzhiev completed one hundred and thirty laps without a problem, impressing the team with some consistent runs.
Speaking after the final test, team Principal Paolo Coloni said: “It was an important testing session for us because, besides the technical part, it allowed us to even enhance the link and the relation between the team and the drivers. From a technical point of view we worked on lots of different solutions, and we are particularly happy about the drivers' and cars reliability: the guys didn't do any mistake on track and we had no problems at all on the cars, this is undoubtedly the best way to prepare for the race.”
“Looking at the lap times, it seems very close, on the last days there were ten cars in two tenths. Anyway, you never know how to judge lap times in testing, we'll see the real situations only in the first practice of the Barcelona race weekend”.