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pic 09/03/15 Abu Dhabi Testing: Racing Engineering’s 2015 GP2 season starts today.

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The 2015 GP2 season gets underway today, Monday the 9th of March, with all the GP2 teams attending the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi for three days of testing. For Racing Engineering it will be a chance for their new drivers Jordan King and Alexander Rossi to have their first run in the Spanish team’s 2015 specification Dallara which this year will now use the F1-type Drag Reduction System (DRS).

For Jordan King it will be his first experience with Racing Engineering and a valuable opportunity to add more miles in a GP2 car as his only experience to date has been at the 2014 post-season testing, also at Yas Marina, where he proved to be very competitive.

Alexander Rossi is of course already experienced in GP2 having already competed in over 30 races in the Series but it will be important for him to start working with and building up a rapport with the team.

For Racing Engineering, one of the most consistently successful teams in GP2 history, these three days will be an important first step on the road to taking many more race wins and challenging for the 2015 Driver and Team Championships. 
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Facts
1. 2015 will be GP2’s 11th season and 4 teams have been in the championship since the beginning: Arden, ART, DAMS and Racing Engineering.

2. Only 3 GP2 teams have claimed the drivers’ title on more than one occasion: ART, DAMS and Racing Engineering.

3. 109 GP2 race events have taken place in GP2’s history until now.

4. Dallara Automobili designed GP2's chassis, which is powered by a 4.0-litre normally-aspirated fuel-injected Mecachrome V8 engine.

5. A standard GP2 weekend consists of one 45 minute practice session and a 30 minute qualifying session, followed by two races.

6. GP2’s Feature Race requires a mandatory pit stop. The pit stop window opens after 6 laps have been completed.

7. Since 2014, just like Formula 1, GP2 teams are obliged to use both tyre compounds during the feature race. Mixing of compounds is forbidden.

8. To better prepare GP2 drivers for F1, from 2015 the championship will have the same DRS system on its cars as in F1.

9. During a GP2 test day a car runs up to 300km.

10. There has never been an F1 feeder category as successful as GP2.