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pic 16/04/15 GP2 Series Round 1. A new season and new drivers for Racing Engineering in Bahrain.

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The 2015 GP2 series gets underway this weekend at the Sakhir International Circuit, Bahrain. This year the Series will comprise of 10 rounds following the cancellation of the German round.

Racing Engineering will start the season with two new drivers, Jordan King from Great Britain and the American Alexander Rossi. Alexander already has GP2 experience having raced in the Series for the last two years, taking his maiden win in 2013, although this will be his first full season in the category. Jordan will have his first GP2 race in Bahrain but he has already proven his talent by winning the British Formula 3 Championship and he has been setting some very competitive times in pre-season testing.

For this weekend Pirelli will be providing both the P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft tyres, however since the pre-season testing at the circuit saw the medium and supersoft tyres used all the teams will be have no data to draw on for the soft compound. With two races over the weekend, as well as Free Practice and Qualification, selection of the tyres and when to use them will be crucial to success. New this season for GP2 will be the use of DRS (Drag Reduction System) similar to that used in F1 and, although all the drivers have had experience of this new innovation in testing it, will be their first experience of it under race conditions.

Practice: Fri 17 Apr 2015, 12:00 (GMT+3)
Qualifying Session: Fri 17 Apr 2015, 20:00 (GMT+3)
Race 1: Sat 18 Apr 2015, 13:10 (GMT+3)
Race 2: Sun 19 Apr 2015, 14:15 (GMT+3)
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Round
Length of lap:
5.411 km
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2014 best result Racing Engineering:
P6 in Qualifying - P4 in R1 – P23 in R2
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Tyre Wear:
High
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Brake Wear:
High
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Downforce:
Medium
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Throttle Average:
70%
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Fastest turn:
T12
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Hardest Braking Point:
T1
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Gear shifts per lap:
46
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Top Speed:
300 km/h
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Average Speed (Qualifying) 2014:
197.068 km/h
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Average Speed (Race) 2014:
181.616 km/h
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Pole Position Time 2014: 1:38.865
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Facts
1. In 2014 the first corner has been named “Michael Schumacher” in honour of former seven-time Formula 1 World Champion.

2. The circuit is located in the desert, but the Grand Prix organizers managed to keep the sand off the track using an adhesive spray on the sand surrounding the track.

3. The Bahrain International Circuit was designed by the German engineer Hermann Tilke in 2004.

4. Since 2012 this circuit has also been used for the World Endurance Championship with a 6 hours race.

5. H.R.H. Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, launched the project of the circuit as he is a big motorsports fan and serves as Honorary President of the Automobile Federation of Bahrain.

6. The Bahrain Grand Prix 2004 was the first Formula 1 Championship race held in the Middle East.

7. Races in Bahrain are usually entertaining, with numerous overtaking due to the long straights, hard braking and a mix of slow and fast corners.

8. Regarding the weather, teams usually face dry heat and high temperatures where wind gusts generally cause serious stability problems for the cars.

9. It's been 142 days since the last GP2 race in Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, in 2014, which was won by Stefano Coletti with a Racing Engineering car.

10. Bahrain is the opening round of the 2015 GP2 Championship. Race 1 will take place over 32 laps, which corresponds to 173.184 km. In Race 2 the field will have to cover 23 laps, a total of 124.476 km.