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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Silverstone F3 pole for Rosenqvist

April 10th, 2015

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Macau Grand Prix winner Felix Rosenqvist picked up where he left off last year by claiming pole position for the opening Formula 3 European Championship round of the season at Silverstone. The Swede’s Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes headed the Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen of Antonio Giovinazzi by over a quarter of a second, with another Prema driver – Briton Jake Dennis – also making sure the rookies were put in their place by taking third. Rosenqvist, Giovinazzi and Dennis positioned themselves perfectly on an otherwise cluttered track as the 35-car field slugged it out to find a space, the three of them running within sight of each other with no slow traffic getting in the way. Track conditions had changed since free practice, and the leading trio were all surprised that their quickest [...]

Maisano leads Prema practice one-two

April 10th, 2015

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Brandon Maisano went fastest in free practice for the opening round of the Formula 3 European Championship at Silverstone as Prema Powerteam came to the fore. The Mercedes-powered Italian team, renowned for keeping its powder dry in testing, topped the first 40-minute session with Lance Stroll, before Frenchman Maisano narrowly headed Macau Grand Prix winner Felix Rosenqvist in a Prema one-two in the second period. Most of the quickest times were set in the final 20 minutes as the field swarmed out on fresh Hankook rubber for a qualifying simulation. Traffic was a nightmare for much of the 35-car field, but Maisano – who had never been to Silverstone before Tuesday’s test – found a clear space. “That was very important because there are a lot of drivers, so you [...]

Leclerc flies in final winter F3 test

April 7th, 2015

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Charles Leclerc went fastest in the Formula 3 European Championship’s last pre-season test day at Silverstone on Tuesday. The Monegasque took his Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Volkswagen to what is believed to be the quickest time ever recorded around the current Silverstone Grand Prix circuit by an F3 car early in the morning session. Leclerc, who makes his F3 race debut this weekend after finishing runner-up in the Formula Renault ALPS series last season, was just under half a second clear of Carlin duo Antonio Giovinazzi and George Russell, who in turn were comfortably clear of the rest of the 36-car field. “Today has gone really well,” said Leclerc. “I’m really happy with the car but it’s only testing at the moment. “I put everything more or less together in the [...]

Moscow target for new Russian F3 car

April 6th, 2015

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The builders of the ARTTech P315 Formula 3 car have targeted a debut in the F3 European Championship’s Moscow Raceway round. ArtLine Engineering reports that the ARTTech passed a series of static and dynamic crash tests in late March, and has announced that the car has been deemed as compliant with F3 technical regulations. The Russian company hopes to have the car testing by the end of May, as it builds towards a projected late-August race debut at its home event. ArtLine has continued with its centrally-mounted-exhaust concept, with which it has reached an impasse with the FIA. The disagreement is centred on what can or cannot be changed under F3 engine-homologation rules in order to make it possible to install its powerplant, which is expected to be the British [...]

Red Bull’s Gasly ends GP2 testing on top

April 3rd, 2015

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Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly has finished GP2 pre-season testing on top, setting the fastest time on the final day of running at Bahrain International Circuit. Gasly, who will test a Formula 1 car for the first time next month with Toro Rosso, led the way in the morning session, which featured qualifying simulations before teams switched their focus to race preparations for circuit’s season opener in a fortnight. Pirelli’s soft tyres featured from the outset, with Ferrari protege Raffaele Marciello the first man to dip below the 1m40s barrier during the three-day test. Last year’s Formula Renault 3.5 Series runner-up, Gasly moved to the top of the timesheets an hour into running with a 1m39.632s and the DAMS driver’s benchmark wasn’t bettered as temperatures rose. In a tight top [...]

Hyman steps up to European F3

April 3rd, 2015

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BRDC Formula 4 ace Raoul Hyman is a last-minute addition to the grid for the Formula 3 European Championship, which kicks off at Silverstone on April 10-12. The 18-year-old South African has joined British squad Team West-Tec, where he will partner German Fabian Schiller. Hyman has spent much of his pre-season testing with Formula Renault Northern European Cup teams, but has made the move to F3 after two days at the wheel of a West-Tec Dallara-Mercedes at Snetterton earlier this week. “F3 makes perfect sense in light of the FIA’s new superlicence rules,” said the first-year law student. “I am very pleased to have signed with Team West-Tec, and believe that they have the engineering depth, experience and passion to help me challenge at the front.” Team boss John Miller [...]

Honda protege Matsushita leads in GP2

April 2nd, 2015

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Honda-backed ART Grand Prix driver Nobuharu Matsushita led the way during the second day of GP2′s pre-season test in Bahrain. Preparing for his maiden campaign outside of Asia, the reigning Japanese Formula 3 champion had been 20th on the opening day and seventh in Thursday’s morning running. Amid a flurry of afternoon qualifying simulations that saw times tumble by more than a second in the final 30 minutes, Matsushita recorded a 1m40.191s to top the timesheets. He edged out Campos Racing’s Arthur Pic by 0.159 seconds, while Sauber Formula 1 reserve driver Raffaele Marciello was fastest briefly before being bumped back to third. Sergey Sirotkin was fourth-fastest, ahead of Marco Sorensen, Stoffel Vandoorne, Daniel de Jong and Sergio Canamasas. Earlier, Sirotkin topped the morning running, as the only driver to [...]

King leads Bahrain GP2 test

April 1st, 2015

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Manor Formula 1 team development driver Jordan King topped the timesheets for Racing Engineering on the opening day of GP2′s second pre-season test at Bahrain International Circuit. Having been 13th in the morning, King sat atop the times for the bulk of the afternoon running, and asserted his place with a 1m41.494s lap set with half an hour to go, after Norman Nato and Marco Sorensen had briefly gone fastest during the final hour. Mitch Evans was King’s closest challenger, with a 1m41.608s, despite bringing the day to a premature end when he stopped on track in the dying minutes. The New Zealander had earlier set the morning pace with a 1m42.479s, ahead of Nato and Sorensen. Only 16th in the morning, Sergey Sirotkin jumped up to third late in [...]

Vaxiviere keeps FR3.5 test advantage

March 31st, 2015

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Matthieu Vaxiviere remained in command at Aragon as the final pre-season Formula Renault 3.5 test concluded on Tuesday with a day reserved for running the series’ low-downforce set-up. The Lotus protege recorded his fastest time of 1m40.662s during the morning session, to extend his run of quickest times to a third consecutive session after dominating Monday. Dean Stoneman broke the Charouz-run driver’s stranglehold on proceedings by setting the quickest time in a windy, and generally slower, afternoon session for reigning champion team DAMS. The Briton’s time of 1m42.273s edged out Vaxiviere by 0.201 seconds. “For sure it would have been good to continue my streak, but I was out of new tyres for the last session,” said Vaxiviere, who was heighth in last year’s FR3.5 standings. “To put in such [...]

Vaxiviere tops Aragon 3.5 test

March 30th, 2015

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Lotus Formula 1 junior driver Matthieu Vaxiviere set the fastest time in both sessions of the first day of the final Formula Renault 3.5 pre-season test at Motorland Aragon. Vaxiviere recorded a fastest lap of 1m41.331s in the morning session, before improving to 1m40.635s in the afternoon. “This morning, we did a good job with our race settings before fine tuning the set-up for fast laps,” said Vaxiviere. “We wanted to put in a time on new tyres at the end of the session. It turned out good and confirms our potential on this track. “Our primary satisfaction lies in the step we’ve made with the new regulations, especially concerning the DRS. “Tomorrow will be more important, we need to correctly prepare the car in low-downforce configuration [mandatory for Saturday [...]

Yelloly gets Hilmer GP2 test seat

March 30th, 2015

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Nick Yelloly will test Hilmer Motorsport’s GP2 car after parting company with the Jota Sport LMP2 squad prior to his planned European Le Mans Series campaign. The GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5 race-winner carries out simulator duties for the Force India Formula 1 team, which has an alliance with Hilmer in GP2. The test in Bahrain from Wednesday to Friday will be 24-year-old Yelloly’s first run in GP2 machinery. “Firstly I would like to thank Franz Hilmer for making the call to get me out to Bahrain to test in GP2 with Hilmer Motorsport,” he said. “It is a great opportunity and I really can’t wait to jump in the car on Wednesday morning and to work with the whole team. “It will be my first time in the GP2 [...]

Merhi in race to make FR3.5 test

March 27th, 2015

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Manor Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi has committed to a demanding travel schedule in order to contest Monday’s Formula Renault 3.5 test at Aragon straight after the Malaysian Grand Prix. Alongside his F1 commitments, Spaniard Merhi has elected to participate in a concurrent FR3.5 campaign for Pons Racing this season. The final pre-season FR3.5 test has acquired additional importance given the first race of the championship will also take place at Aragon on April 25-26. Pons team manager Emilio de Villota Jr told AUTOSPORT: “Obviously it is going to be a big rush for Roberto, he will miss the beginning of the test and maybe the whole morning, but we expect Roberto can drive for at least a day-and-a-half. “Roberto will leave Malaysia at eight o’clock in the evening and [...]

Leclerc storms damp F3 test day

March 18th, 2015

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Series newcomer Charles Leclerc dominated Wednesday’s Formula 3 European Championship official test day at Valencia, on a track that never dried out fully. The Monegasque, who was runner-up in Formula Renault ALPS last season, was fastest in the wet morning session by a clear seven tenths of a second in his Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Volkswagen. He was also comfortably clear for most of the afternoon session, although VAR team-mates Alessio Lorandi and Arjun Maini, and Carlin’s Tuesday pacesetter Antonio Giovinazzi were also among those who took it in turns to top the times. The track dried out sufficiently for most of the runners to fit slick tyres, and Leclerc’s final lap of the day was half a second clear of the best anyone else managed, albeit five seconds slower than [...]

Giovinazzi beats rookies in F3 test

March 17th, 2015

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Italian Antonio Giovinazzi kept the rookie challenge at bay in the first official day of Formula 3 European Championship testing at Valencia. The Jagonya Ayam protege began the two-day test at the Ricardo Tormo circuit by topping both sessions, finishing up a quarter of a second clear of Carlin team-mate George Russell. McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner Russell was second in both sessions, each time ending up just ahead of the Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-VW of Monegasque Charles Leclerc. Both Carlin and VAR took one of their ‘joker days’ of running at Valencia on Monday before the official test kicked off on Tuesday. Fourth fastest on Tuesday was German Maximilian Gunther for Mucke Motorsport, ahead of Anglo-Thai Alexander Albon in the lead Signature car. Albon was fourth quickest in the [...]

F3 rookie Beer concussed in crash

March 12th, 2015

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Formula 3 European Championship rookie Nicolas Beer suffered concussion in a big testing crash at Imola on Wednesday. The Dane, driving a EuroInternational Dallara-Mercedes, went off at the fast Piratella left-hander at the top of the hill after the Tosa hairpin. He was taken to the circuit medical centre and released in the evening, and is flying home on Thursday for hospital checks in Denmark. Team boss Antonio Ferrari told AUTOSPORT that the car should be repaired by Friday, in plenty of time for the first official pre-season F3 test at Valencia next week. “We wait the results [of the hospital examination] before confirming his participation in the Valencia test,” Ferrari added. EuroInternational has been sharing the Imola track with Van Amersfoort Racing as several of the leading F3 teams [...]

Merhi plans to combine FR3.5 with F1

March 12th, 2015

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Manor driver Roberto Merhi intends to honour his deal to race for Pons in Formula Renault 3.5 alongside his Formula 1 commitments. Merhi was announced as Manor’s second driver for at least the “opening rounds” of the 2015 F1 season this week, shortly after securing a return to FR3.5, where he was a title contender last year. The Spaniard said that regardless of how long-term his Manor presence ultimately becomes, he thinks being a likely FR3.5 frontrunner alongside a potential tough F1 campaign will help him, and he is also keen not to let Pons Racing down. Sebastian Vettel, Jaime Alguersuari and Daniel Ricciardo all maintained parallel FR3.5 programmes after getting mid-season F1 call-ups in 2006, ’09 and ’11 respectively. “Maybe I will also [race in both] because Pons pushed [...]

Stanaway tops final day of GP2 test

March 11th, 2015

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GP2 newcomer Status Grand Prix ended 2015′s first pre-season test on top of the timesheets, with New Zealand rookie Richie Stanaway leading the way. Stanaway was part of Status’s GP3 line-up in 2014 and joined the team – which purchased the Caterham operation late last year – for the three-day Abu Dhabi test, but is yet to be confirmed for the season ahead. Like day two pacesetter Alex Lynn, Stanaway set his time in the morning session using the super-soft compound Pirelli, with his 1m48.441s logged halfway through proceedings. Formula Renault 3.5 graduate Pierre Gasly was second for DAMS, eclipsing Russian Time’s Mitch Evans late in the session. Evans caused one of two red flags when he stopped at Turn 9, but he finished the morning ahead of Raffaele Marciello, [...]

Lynn keeps DAMS on top in GP2 test

March 10th, 2015

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Alex Lynn kept DAMS at the top of the timesheets on the second day of GP2′s opening pre-season test in Abu Dhabi. The reigning GP3 champion was already the fastest driver of the morning before recording his 1m49.648s shortly before the break on Pirelli’s super-soft rubber. Team-mate, and day one pacesetter, Pierre Gasly was second, having also set his time on the super-softs. Ferrari and McLaren juniors, Raffaele Marciello and Stoffel Vandoorne logged identical times, with Marciello classified third by virtue of turning his lap earlier, while Mitch Evans and Alexander Rossi completed the top six. Lynn was only 18th in the afternoon, but his morning effort remained the best of the day. Norman Nato caused a red flag with an hour remaining when he stopped at Turn 20 while [...]

Gasly leads first GP2 test of 2015

March 9th, 2015

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Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly picked up where he left off in 2014 by topping the opening GP2 pre-season test of 2015 in Abu Dhabi. Last year’s Formula Renault 3.5 runner-up, who topped all three days of a post-season test at Yas Marina with DAMS last year, moved to the head of the timesheets with 10 minutes remaining on Monday. The Frenchman was also able to respond to a quicker time from his countryman Arthur Pic in the closing moments, as both drivers made it into the 1m48s by the end of the day. Late efforts from Ferrari junior Raffaele Marciello and his Trident team-mate Rene Binder moved them ahead Jordan King and ex-Sauber Formula 1 test driver Sergey Sirotkin, who were at the top of the times before the [...]

GP2 DRS to operate the same way as F1

March 9th, 2015

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GP2′s new Drag Reduction System will use the same zones and detection points as Formula 1′s DRS when the grand prix-supporting series adopts the device this year. This week’s GP2 test in Abu Dhabi is the first chance for its teams to try DRS after extensive testing on the series’ own development car over recent months. GP2 technical director Didier Perrin said the DRS was aligned as closely as possible with the F1 equivalent. “The rules and the way we operate it is similar to F1,” he said. “We will have the same DRS zones as the ones in F1. “The detection line where we measure the gap between the cars will be in the same location and the criteria to allow a driver to use the DRS or not [...]