With sixth fastest time during wet running and once again setting times within the Top Ten, Mitch Evans is keenly anticipating his first GP2 race in Malaysia following three intensive days of GP2 testing in Barcelona.
"I’m happy with my performance, and the progress we have made before going into my first GP2 race in two weeks,” said Evans.
"We are still working on the set-up to get rid of some understeer but we have made a slight improve
ment on that over the last three days in Barcelona and, overall, I think we’ve got a really good car.”
"After the three days running at Jerez last week I’m feeling positive. It is a bit scary how fast the first races at the Malaysian Grand Prix come along, but right now I can’t wait to start the new season in a new formula.”
Wet weather frustrated the 25 drivers testing at Barcelona this week and it wasn’t dry until the final runs on Thursday. Evans did 34 laps in the morning to clock eighth fastest time and in the afternoon run he did a similar number of laps for ninth fastest. As at Jerez last week, Evans was faster than his Arden International team mate Johnny Cecotto on the final day.
"Most of the faster times were set by drivers with GP2 experience so it was good for my confidence to be within the top ten again; and quicker than Johnny who has been racing in this class for four seasons,” said Evans.
"I’m still not on top of the Pirelli tyres but it’s coming to me. You get seven sets in a mix of compounds for the three days and that means you really have just 14 laps because the quick times are set on the first two laps each time.”
"It has been cold in Spain. The track temperature struggled to reach 20 degrees so it will be totally different when we get to Malaysia where we can expect the track to reach 40 degrees. However, all this experience in wet conditions in Europe has been good for my development.
"These cars are tricky to drive in the wet because they have huge horsepower, so I was pleased to be a solid sixth fastest in the wet on Wednesday and to know that we are competitive in both wet and dry conditions.”
In his final preparation for the Malaysia race on March 23-24, Evans has returned to Britain where he will continue his training with running, cycling and swimming; as well as work on Arden’s racing simulator.
The 18-year-old will head to the opening Formula 1 race in Melbourne next Wednesday to watch his mentor Mark Webber begin his Formula 1 season. The Australian GP trip will also help Evans acclimatise to warmer weather before he heads to Kuala Lumpar for his first two races in GP2 and the start of the gruelling eleven-round season.
"Mentally and physically I’m feeling on top of things. I’ve been working on strengthening my neck muscles and all my training is paying off. My body is holding up well in these bigger and faster cars.”
Issued by Murray Taylor on behalf of Mitch Evans Motorsport
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