Following a 5 month wait since last year’s final event of the Formula 4 season, Alex returned to the cockpit of a race car in the pre-season shakedown of his Formula Renault 2.0.
It was Alex’s first contact with his new team TS Corse who proved to be a great bunch of guys that are all very motivated to do well.
The test was conducted in very cold and at times wet weather. Very tricky conditions that helped get Alex quickly back into the groove.
All attention now turns to the 2 day test in Barcelona on the 13th and 14th March, which will provide Alex’s first opportunity to gauge where he stands on pace, quickly followed by by the first race meeting from the 18th to the 20th. This is a new track for Alex so it will be a huge challenge that he and the team are up for!
What turned out to be a very difficult weekend weather wise, with fog, pouring rain, showers, sun and constantly varying track conditions (felt like Tasmania…), ended with a very positive outcome for Alex.
This was Alex’s first complete and intensive test session with 75 laps completed on Saturday, including a 30 minute session in the wet, and 62 laps completed on Sunday, after practice was delayed for over 3 hours due to fog.
The two largest teams, Prema and Euronova, were also there with their high profile drivers from all over the world including Ferrari’s new Driver Academy recruit from China. This allowed us to have a good measure of where he stands compared with the best.
The good news was that the team worked very well and Alex’s times were always very competitive and they make everyone in the team confident about the future. Lot’s more work to do so Alex and Team Torino Motorsport are off to Valencia, Spain, for 3 days test testing on the 15th, 16th and 17th.