GP3 Series

Charles Leclerc on hand for GP3 development test

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2016 GP3 Series Round 9. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 27 November 2016.Charles Leclerc (FRA, ART Grand Prix) Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service. ref: Digital Image _L0U1265

Newly crowned GP3 Series Champion Charles Leclerc continued his hard-work as he undertook an important role in the development of the car for the 2017 season.

The Monegasque was on hand firstly at the Yas Marina three day test session and then at the Bahrain International Circuit for a further three days.

There was two main objectives to this test: working on the Pirelli tyre compounds for 2017 and to fine tune the DRS which will be introduced from next year. The DRS is to have the same functionalities as the one used in both the GP2 Series and Formula One – it will also use the same deployment zones.

By the end of the six days Leclerc had completed a total of 2,600 kilometres.

Speaking to Leclerc commented: “The programme was really nice. We did run a lot; it was a really busy programme! For instance, I completed 120 laps in one day at the Yas Marina Circuit. It was quite a surprise for me to run so many laps. Physically it was quite hard but I was pleased to work with the development team.

“One of the objectives of the test was to check if the DRS device will bring enough of an advantage to help produce good fights at the braking points. The first option we tested didn’t make a significant difference. When I tested the second option, the improvement was huge. This was noticeable at both Yas Marina and Bahrain. I think there will definitely be a lot more overtaking opportunities which will make the races even more interesting. From my side, it’s always nice to arrive at the end of the straights a bit quicker, so it was good fun to drive.

“I also tested many different tyre compounds in Bahrain that Pirelli wanted to develop and target to use in the future. It was a really good experience for me to see how Pirelli work and I found the whole six days of testing really useful.”

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