French motive force Arthur Percent may well be set for a 3rd marketing campaign in GP2, having showed that he is in touch with quite a lot of groups forward of the 2016 season.
Percent, brother of former Components 1 motive force Charles, raced with Campos in GP2 in 2014 and 2015, completing 7th and 11th respectively.
He loved an encouraging rookie season and took a maiden win on the Hungaroring, however didn’t get to face at the most sensible step of the rostrum in his sophomore marketing campaign.
The Frenchman used to be absent from the post-season check at Yas Marina, as an alternative operating within the concurrent DTM rookie check with Audi. However he showed that returning to GP2 nonetheless stays an opportunity.
“It’s an approach to keep in GP2,” Percent advised Motorsport.com. “I’m speaking to a number of groups. I didn’t do the exams as a result of I had the DTM check and I do know the GP2 automotive, so I don’t assume the exams would were that helpful, whilst I did be informed from the DTM automotive.
“It isn’t unattainable that I’m doing GP2 once more if I am getting a just right deal in a just right group.”
Following his run with Audi, Percent stated that he want to sooner or later land a pressure within the DTM.
“Needless to say, if I’ve a DTM seat with one of the most 3 constructors, I’ll take it, no contest,” he stated. “This present day, anyway, I feel DTM is true beneath F1 in my humble opinion. This is a class the place I want to race.
“[The test] went smartly. Very other from single-seaters, with regards to riding. It used to be my first time in a closed-cockpit automotive.
“The automobile is sweet to force, there’s a large number of grip, particularly in rapid corners, there’s a variety of downforce. The brakes are just right. There isn’t a lot energy, however it’s great to pressure.”
In 2015, Percent continued a stricken 2d season in GP2, finsihing 4 puts under his rookie end result.
He matched teammate Rio Haryanto in qualifying, however used to be completely outscored within the races – and it used to be the Indonesian who introduced house all 3 of Campos’ wins.
“Needless to say, we didn’t get the effects we have been hoping for, particularly after final yr,” Percent stated. “I had many problems at the automotive during the yr – its behaviour used to be hardly ever comprehensible. We don’t know if it’s connected to the automobile itself, or perhaps the truth that they modified the tyres.
“What is certain is that the automobile didn’t react the best way we needed over a number of races certainly. So, needless to say, it’s been a disappointing season general.”
Percent marked top ranges of tyre degradation as a selected explanation why for the loss of efficiency.
“We weren’t too impacted on circuits with low degradation. Circuits like Monaco, Silverstone, Monza, Spa to a lesser extent, are the tracks the place we have been impacted the least and that’s the place we were given the most productive effects. Once we arrived on a circuit with degradation, it used to be very pricey.
“Shall we inform there used to be one thing unusual, we in comparison with the opposite automotive, however they couldn’t give an explanation for it.
“I will be able to’t actually criticise the workforce, as a result of they nonetheless modified moderately a large number of portions. They have been sufferers, like myself. They attempted to switch issues, however not anything labored out.”
Interview by way of Benjamin Vinel
Supply : MotorSport