Racing Engineering to build on the success of Bahrain this weekend in Barcelona.

Racing Engineering to build on the success of Bahrain this weekend in Barcelona.

07.05.2015: GP2 Series Round 2 The GP2 teams are assembling this weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

 GP2 Series Round 2

The GP2 teams are assembling this weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain for round two of the 2015 GP2 Series.

The first round took place three weeks ago at the Sakhir International Circuit in Bahrain where the results for the Racing Engineering drivers were very promising for their two new drivers, Britain’s Jordan King and the American Alexander Rossi. The Spanish team learnt a lot as both men qualified in the top eight and Alexander and Jordan took 3rd and 4th in Saturday’s Feature Race with Alexander adding another 4th in the Sunday Sprint race.

This will be Jordan’s first GP2 outing at the Spanish Circuit although he has raced here before whilst Alexander has twice finished in the top six in a GP2 car and both men will be amongst the favourites to finish on the podium in the weekend’s two races.

The GP2 cars will use the Pirelli P Zero Or! ange hard and P Zero Yellow soft tyres this weekend in Barcelona, with a significant performance gap between the two compounds that will reward a good high downforce set up and careful tyre management as the quick corners and abrasive surface of the circuit mean that tyre wear is a very important factor in achieving a good result.


Practice: Fri 08 May 2015, 11:55 (GMT+2)
Qualifying Session: Fri 08 May 2015, 15:55 (GMT+2)
Race 1: Sat 09 May 2015, 15:40 (GMT+2)
Race 2: Sun 10 May 2015, 10:35 (GMT+2)

GP2 Facts

Length of lap:    4.655 km

  20143 best Racing Engineering:    P3 in Qualifying - P12 in R1 – P8 in R2

  Tyre Wear:    High

  Brake Wear:    Medium

  Downforce:    Medium

  Throttle Average:    62%

  Fastest turn:    T9

  Hardest Braking Point:    T1

  Gear shifts per lap:    31

  Top Speed:    315 km/h (including DRS used for the first time in Barcelona)

  Average Speed (Qualifying) 2014:    187.674 km/h

  Average Speed (Race) 2014:    172.589 km/h

  Pole Position Time 2014:    1:29.293

GP2 versus F1

1. The circuit is 109 meters above sea level.

2. The main straight measures 1,047 meters.

3. The top speed of a GP2 car at this circuit is 315 km/h, equal to the top speed of the AVE, Spain's high speed train.

4. This circuit can host up to 131,000 spectators.

5. The circuit has very fast corners, with heavy loads on the left front tyre.

6. A lack of overtaking opportunities at the track, due to an absence of long and heavy braking zones, means that it is important to have a good starting position.

7. The race’s length can often seem much longer due to the lack of overtaking action.

8. The circuit is known as a true test of a car's aerodynamic efficiency due to its mixture of corners.

9. The circuit is located in Montmelo, a small town in the north-east of Barcelona.

10. It is one of the circuits that in braking and cornering puts more energy into the tire per km.

  1. F1 top speed (including DRS) is 325 km/h – GP2 (including DRS) is 315 km/h.

2. F1 drivers will change gear 45 times per lap while GP2 drivers will have to do so 31 times.

3. Race distance is different: F1 go around the circuit for 66 laps and GP2 does a total of 62 laps during two days- 36 laps in the Feature Race and 26 in the Sprint Race.

4. Downforce levels are also different: High downforce levels in F1 against medium levels in GP2.

5. The F1 pole position was set at 1:25.232 in 2014 – The GP2 pole position was set at 1:29.293 in 2014.

- Ines Koschutnig - photos allrace


07.05.2015 / MaP

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