Racing Engineering’s 2016 GP2 season starts today.
The 2016 GP2 season gets underway today, Wednesday the 9th of March, with all the GP2 teams attending the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona for three days of testing. For this year Racing Engineering will be running Jordan King who raced with the team last season and their new signing the Frenchman Norman Nato.
For twenty-two year old Jordan King 2016 will be a chance to build on his success with the Spanish team in 2015 when, in his debut GP2 season, he showed great promise when he scored points in nine races and took his first podium with a second place at Spa. The young Englishman impressed many people with his speed and overtaking abilities and, this year, he must be considered one of the favourites to win the Drivers’ Championship.
Twenty-three year old Norman Nato will be competing in his second season of GP2 and in his first year he scored points on four occasions with best finishes! of 6th at Hungary and Monza. Following a successful post-season test with Racing Engineering at Abu Dhabi Norman is looking to be a regular podium finisher this year.
For Racing Engineering, one of the most consistently successful teams in GP2 history, these three days will be an important first step on the road to taking many more race wins and challenging for both the 2016 Driver and the Team Championships.
Circuit de Catalunya
Length of lap: 4.655 km
Tyres Wear: High
Brake Wear: Medium
Throttle Average: 62%
Fastest turn: T9
Hardest breaking point: T1
Gear shifts per lap: 31
Top Speed: 315 km/h
Best Time 2013: 1:29.055.
1. The construction of the circuit coincided with the 1992 Olympic Games scheduled to take place in Barcelona, where the circuit was the stage for the start and finish line for the road cycling event team time trial.
2. Last year the Spanish circuit had been awarded with a Prize of Excellence for its commitment to sustainability.
3. Corner 4, named the Repsol corner, is similar to Monza’s Curva Parabolica.
4. It is a very technical track, with very fast corners and hard braking zones.
5. Due to the track’s very abrasive tarmac the car’s aerodynamic efficiency is key to taking corners fast.
6. The Camps corner requires special care as there is an elevation change and drivers can’t see the exit properly.
7. The Caixa turn requires hard braking; it’s the beginning of the most complicated part of the circuit, where the cars have to negotiate it at slower speeds.
8. After two years away, Barcelona will host GP2 pre-season testing again. The last time GP2 tested in Barcelona was in 2013.
9. During the last test held in Barcelona, Racing Engineering’s drivers, Julián Leal and Fabio Leimer, finished in the top 10 in all sessions.
10. The circuit is very demanding on tyres. The long turns and very abrasive asphalt make the tyres suffer, leading to faster degradation.