PREMA completes 3-day Bahrain test with new FIA F2 racecar

PREMA Racing completed its first official test with the brand-new FIA Formula 2 machinery today, after the shakedown held at the end of January at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Ollie Bearman and Kimi Antonelli had the chance to get on-track for a three-day session, which also featured the FIA Formula 3 cars, at the same location where they will enter the season opener, Bahrain International Circuit. The venue featured uncharacteristic wet weather in the opening day, but sunny skies returned on day 2 to make up the ground lost.

As always happens with new cars, Bahrain featured a wide range of tests aimed at both qualifying and race simulation conditions, as both Bearman and Antonelli swiftly adapted to the upgraed package. Both the race-winning Brit and the Italian, who is entering his rookie season, progressively increased their chemistry with the car.

The team will be back on-track in two weeks for Round 1 of the championship.

3 – Ollie Bearman

“It was nice to start the season in Bahrain, it’s been a long wait. The test was tough with the new car, as we had a lot to cycle through. Day 1 was pretty much thrown away because of the weather, but after that, we managed to work quite a lot on day 2 and day 3. Still not quite where we want to be, we need to do some work to find some performance, but especially this track seems to be a bit of a tough one for us. A lot to work to do before the first round, but I have no doubt we can get there.”

4 – Kimi Antonelli

“Just finished the first three days of testing here in Bahrain. The opening day was quite uncommon as we got a full day of rain, but it was nice to get some driving on the wet to understand how the car and tyres were behaving. It was productive. On Day 2, I drove for the first time on this track on the dry, so there was a lot to discover in the first few sessions. I think I got up to pace quite well, even though we struggled a bit with the set-up. In the end, we improved quite a lot on the harder tyres, and I was happy with the balance. On the last day, the pace and feeling were not bad too. It was good to have a first baseline with the car, we now have time to analyze, and we will come back in two weeks.”

Source | Photo: PREMA Racing

Previous post BMW Motorrad Motorsport utiliza combustible alternativo de NORDOEL en el WorldSBK
Next post Hyundai refuerza su compromiso con la competitividad en su portafolio con dos de sus más exitosos modelos: Creta y Tucson