Switzerland’s Louis Delétraz will build on his encouraging GP2 debut at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix by joining the Racing Engineering squad for this week’s three-day test at the Yas Marina circuit.
The highly-rated 19-year-old was pleased with the progress he made as he tackled his first GP2 event with Carlin at the weekend, but is keen to develop further. He’s now been given the opportunity to continue his learning by joining the team that finished second in this year’s GP2 Teams’ standings and scored 10 podium finishes.
“I learned a lot on my GP2 racing debut and it’s great that the testing stays at Yas Marina this week because it gives me the chance to work on the small difficulties that I encountered at the weekend to make sure I’m more competitive in a GP2 car,” the Renault Sport Academy driver explained.
“I’m very happy to be joining Racing Engineering for the test. They’re clearly a strong team and have a good car so it will be interesting to makes these three days with them and keep learning.”
This week’s official GP2 test starts on Wednesday morning and runs until Friday night. Louis, who has been supported by ADS Securities and GP Xtreme in 2016, will drive in a pair of 2h 30m track sessions each day and will be able to use seven sets of Pirelli medium compound tyres during the test.
Racing Engineering president, Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, said: “It’s great to work with a talent like Louis during the upcoming three test days in Abu Dhabi, where I am sure he will not only learn a lot, but also improve as each day goes by.
“GP2 is a complex championship, where many factors come into play so track time is essential to gain the necessary experience.”