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GP Week : Issue 55
> F1NEWS> GP2: Hulk’s title hopes HAVING become only the second man in GP2 Series history to record a perfect weekend of pole position and a double race win/fastest lap combo with a dominant performance at his home track of the Nürburgring in Germany last weekend, Nico Hulkenberg believes that he now has a shot at the 2009 GP2 title. The Williams F1 tester now leads the GP2 championship standings at the midpoint of the season, and told GPWeek that his sights are set firmly on bringing the title back to his ART Grand Prix team, and gaining promotion to Formula 1. “Obviously the chances for the title are there but it’s only half time in the season and there are still five race weekends ahead. A lot can happen if I have a DNF or if something happens like a crash in the next races everything can change. It doesn’t look bad at the moment but it’s a long way to go. “I want to win the title. I want to do good races and I want to be in F1 next year.” GP3: Car completes first major test FOLLOWING its first public outing at a shakedown test two weeks ago, the GP3 development car has undergone its first complete two-day test at Circuit Paul Ricard HTTT in the south of France. Day 1 of the test was dedicated to engine performance, while the second day was focussed on tyre testing with new-to-the-family supplier Pirelli. The chassis and engine suppliers of Dallara 1 and Renault provide the same basis upon which the GP2 Series was created. GP2 racer and expected Renault F1 race driver Romain Grosjean carried out the testing work on the GP3 car, and Technical Director Didier Perrin was clearly happy with the result of the test. “After a trouble-free first day, we could really work on the performance of the car in race conditions,”he said. “We started with a qualifying session followed by a race simulation. It was a fruitful session; a satisfying set up of the car now enables us to start working on tyre testing with Pirelli. “Our next step is to calibrate the performance of our car compared to F3, our benchmark. As we will be testing at an extremely demanding track for the tyres, it will help us understand better how to use the compounds to their fullest.”