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i1 Super Series Pre Season Test Results

Posted: December 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm   /   by   /   comments (11)

The first-ever pre season test of the i1 Super Series was held today at the famous Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Below are the official laptimes from the test:

Pre-season test results

1.     Heinz-Harald Frentzen 1:00:505
2.     Giancarlo Fisichella 1:00:557
3.     Karun Chandhok 1:00:660
4.     Jean Alesi 1:00:688
5.     Matthias Lauda 1:00:688
6.     Neel Jani 1:00:695
7.     Armaan Ebrahim 1:00:840
8.     Parthiva Sureshwaren 1:00:853
9.     Vitantonio Liuzzi 1:00:868
10.  Zaamin Jaffer 1:01:153
11.  Alex Yoong 1:01:191
12.  Aditya Patel 1:01:258
13.  Sakon Yamamoto 1:01:374
14.  Mika Salo 1:01:784
15.  Raj Bharath 1:01:925
16.  Ashwin Sundar 1:02:153
17.  Akhil Khushlani 1:02:399
18.  Vishnu Prasad 1:02:509
19.  Sailesh Bolisetti 1:02:584
20.  Ameya Walwalkar 1:02:665
21.  Cyndie Allemann 1:02:753
22.  Abdul Ahmed 1:02:781
23.  Gaurav Dalal 1:02:787
24.  Chirag Malhotra 1:03:113
25.  Amittrajit Ghosh 1:03:849
26.  Phiroze Billmoria 1:04:165

Interestingly the top 10 drivers were separated by less than a second, which is a good sign that the Indian Racing League will be a closely fought one. However, one must note that the drivers and cars were not weight equal since there was no ballasting undertaken. This would have worked in favour of the lighter drivers. Also, the fuel loads of each driver was unknown, which would have also had some impact on the laptimes.

Karun Chandhok, Armaan Ebrahim and Parthiva Sureshwaran were the three Indian drivers to break into the top 10. The slowest of the international drivers was Mika Salo who ended his session in 14th and the only female driver in the test, Cyndie Allemann, was classified 21st. The laptimes might not be indicative of the actual speeds since the drivers were briefed to make use of this test session to understand and adjust to the Radical SR3 car.

Post the session, all drivers reported good feedback regarding the SR3. While most drivers thought it was too slow, the grip levels and ease of driving were two aspects that were widely highlighted and accepted. More on i1 Super Series…

For those new to motorsport and the concept of i1 Super Series, do read my introductory piece here – Indian Racing League is launched, welcome the i1 Super Series

You can also get to know more about the series by listening to the i1 Super Series podcast.

Most read i1 Super Series topic on my blog: Should Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok drive in the i1 Super Series

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  • December 21, 2011 at 9:09 am Stuart

    To confirm, yesterday’s testing took place on Yas Marina’s 2.34km South Circuit. Weather was dry and sunny (as expected!)

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    • December 21, 2011 at 10:21 am Kunal Shah

      Thanks Stuart for the details.

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  • December 21, 2011 at 7:52 am Joey

    I hope Fisichella does well in the season.

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    • December 21, 2011 at 7:55 am Kunal Shah

      I hope so too. Villeneuve will do so. From the Indians, watch out for Aditya Patel.

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  • December 21, 2011 at 7:24 am James

    Will surely keep reading. Will you be doing a review on all the drivers selected in particular the Indian guys? Think you mentioned this in one of the previous posts.

    You should edit the results and move Aditya and Jaffer up as they deserve some good coverage for their performance.

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    • December 21, 2011 at 7:33 am Kunal Shah

      Yes, I will be sharing my thoughts on the driver line-up sometime later tonight. Thanks.

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  • December 21, 2011 at 7:14 am Joey

    Did they use an alternate layout? The times seem fast.

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    • December 21, 2011 at 7:21 am Kunal Shah

      Yes Joey, from what I know, they used the shorter layout of the circuit.

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  • December 21, 2011 at 6:46 am James

    Sorry Even yoong was slowe than Jaffer which makes 4 Indians in the top 10!!!

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    • December 21, 2011 at 7:09 am Kunal Shah

      Yes James. Thanks for pointing out. I had copy-pasted from the press release. Keep reading!

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  • December 21, 2011 at 6:45 am James

    Looks like the top 13 were covered by 1s and 11th – 13th need to be re arranged? Yamamoto was slower than both Patel and Jaffer.

    This series is looking great at the moment and since they now have the drivers and the cars the teams will surely be sold!

    Keep up the great reporting Kunal!

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