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i1 Series car gets the nod from drivers


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Abu Dhabi: The i1 Supercar Series car hit the track at the Yas Marina circuit here Tuesday and was given the thumbs up by all the drivers, both Formula One and Indian, after a day-long pre-season test session.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen, who clocked the fastest timing of the day, 1 minute, 00.505 seconds, was pleased as punch as he got out of the Radical SR3 car and later said that it was far better than he had expected.

Another former Formula One driver, Giancarlo Fisichella, second quickest on the day, said: “It was my first time in this car and was very happy with the session. There was a bit of oversteer and locking up of tyres, but with some set-up changes, these can be rectified.”

India’s Karun Chandhok heaped compliments on the car saying he was very impressed with the handling and grip levels as he was the third fastest, ahead of Alesi.

“Because of the high grip level, we could carry a lot of speed through the corners and the car is very nimble. It is the first time I am driving a prototype. The gearbox too is very good,” said Chandhok who made his F1 debut last year.

Malaysia’s first F1 driver, Alex Yoong praised the car’s handling and felt that the oversteer elements adds a bit of fun.

“I didn’t mind the oversteer as it is fun, but overall, it is a good package especially for youngster who are making their way up in racing. I can say that the racing will be very close and I am sure, the spectators will enjoy the championship,” said Yoong.

Vitantonio Liuzzi, the former Force India driver, said: “It is a Formula One car with less power. At least, you will not see a 10-second gap between the first and last car, unlike in F1. That is great for racing.” (IANS)


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