A new GP2 series season has started this weekend in which Racing Engineering debuts with two new drivers: Jordan King from the United Kindom (who debuts in GP2) and the American Alexander Rossi.
They’ve raced the first Sakhir International Circuit in Bahrain with very satisfactory results for the team.
After a qualifying session in which King and Rossi get the sixth and eighth starting position respectively, on Saturday both riders enjoyed a good start. Alexander made his pitstop earlier than planned because of the appearance of the safety car on lap four, but he managed to maintain his good position when the race resumed on lap 9. From there, Rossi quickly passed his goals and become 1st by lap nineteen. Meanwhile Jordan lost two positions when he take his mandatory pitstop at the same time that his teammate. However, he got placed in second position on lap twenty. Unfortunately, in the last laps their tyres were beginning to degrade, and they had to yield the lead to Vandoorne and Haryanto, who raced with fresh soft tyres. Finally they ended in third and fourth place.
On Sunday, Jordan started from 5th place and Alexander on the 6th on the reversed grid, but soon they lost positions because of the French Berthon, who started slowly in front of them. During most of the race Rossi was involved in an intense battle for 4th position, reaching into the 3th with four laps to go. On the last lap Berthon used his DRS to pass Alexander, who ended 4th. Jordan, however, finished in 9th position. He was unable to avoid contact with the car of Canamasas and he didn’t gain any further places on the final laps despite he had closed right up on Negrao and Visoiu.
“Overall the weekend is quite positive. We leave Bahrain as second in the teams’ championship even though this was just the first round of the season. There are still several point we can work on and improve, which will be our target for Barcelona” – said Thomas Couyotopoulo, Sporting Director of Racing Engineering.
The next round will be on home ground at Barcelona the days 8,9 and 10 of May.