#21 Pierre Gasly (FRA – Prema Dallara-Mecachrome)
The 22 race GP2 season gets underway in Barcelona this weekend and Pierre Gasly is ready to go for the title in his second full season. The 20-year-old Frenchman heads Prema's first attack on the prestigious series.
Though Gasly started testing with the team back in November with three days at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi and then had the preseason tests during March in Barcelona and Jerez it has been a long time since the Red Bull Junior has been racing. "Yes, finally, after a long winter break, last time I was in the car was the Jerez test at the end of March so it's been a month and a half, it feels quite long. I could not wait much longer to go racing," he adds with a smile.
"The time with the Prema guys has been great, time get to know each other. We had 6 days of preseason testing and it went well. We had time to get the confirmation of many things, of course the car but also the communications within the team, the relationships. It was great for all of that and we developed a very good understanding."
"The car was good from the start and I felt very confident with it. Of course we are still developing our relationship but I feel confident that I have what I need to fight for the championship this year, for the title."
That does not mean that Gasly has been in any way idle in the past months. Apart from his intense personal training regime he has been very much involved in his role at Red Bull Racing. "The work with with the F1 team has been very good, and it has kept my busy, work in the simulator and on track, no racing but busy weeks and busy time. Great to get experience with different things and certainly I have learnt a lot."
"I am a racing driver though and it is time to do what I know."
Barcelona weekend schedule – all times CET
Friday May 13th
Saturday May 14th
15.40 Race 1
Sunday May 15th
10.25 Race 2