Brno: Adrien Tambay event summary

Tambay: "Imola is a very special track for my family" Quick but unlucky, Adrien Tambay was undoubtedly among the most shining drivers in Brno. The French talent was very quick right from the start of the testing sessions on Thursday, clinched a...

Tambay: "Imola is a very special track for my family"

Quick but unlucky, Adrien Tambay was undoubtedly among the most shining drivers in Brno. The French talent was very quick right from the start of the testing sessions on Thursday, clinched a good 6th place in the feature race and was 3rd in the second race when a suspension problem forced him out of contention, robbing him of a well deserved podium finish. Luck wasn't with him in the Czech weekend, but Tambay is anyway positive when thinking about Brno: "Losing a podium finish for a technical glitch is frustrating, but considering the whole weekend I feel satisfied anyway. You just have to compare what I drove last year, a 270 bhp F3 car, with the 550 bhp of Auto GP to understand how big the jump was. For this reason I was very excited before the weekend, but also a bit nervous. Actually, when I started driving the car I immediately felt at ease, and now I can say that I'm really happy of being in Auto GP, driving such a powerful car is so cool!".

Looking deeply in his Brno weekend, here are Tambay's feeling about his performances throughout the event: "I was immediately quick, in the first testing session I was 3rd without using new rubber, so I was happy with that. Then, in the next days, the weather changed, the track got warmer and warmer and it was a mess. Our set-up was good for a cool track, while on Friday and Saturday the temperature went so high that the car became really difficult to drive. With my car engineer Nicola Palarchi we decided to go back and start another set-up from scratch, but we didn't have enough time to try different solutions, so we had to improve slowly, session after session. Things were more or less sorted out for the second race, and that is why I was going to take a podium finish, before I was halted by the suspension".

Anyway, Tambay proved that he can fight on a par with more experienced drivers: "That's why I think that Auto GP can be good for me. I can race against young and talented drivers like Filippi and Piscopo, but also with a GP2 champion and former F.1 driver like Pantano. When I look at the time sheets and I see that I'm above such names, it feels really good!".

In Brno Adrien was also at his first race experience with Charouz-Gravity Racing. The Czech team did really good on its home track, with Jan Charouz 4th and 6th in the two races and Walter Grubmüller clinching a point finish with a 5th place in the second race. Thanks to this results, the team is third in the overall classification, and Tambay confirms he is having good feelings about his squad: "From the preparation for the championship they are pushing as much as they can. They're used to top-notch racing, they were factory team in Le Mans and you can feel that professionalism working with them. I get on really well with everybody, mechanics and drivers, and Brno was just the first event so there's still room for improvement".

Tambay never raced in Imola, but he's looking forward to the Italian race for a very special reason, related to Patrick, his father: "I've never been in Imola, but for my family it's a very special track because my father won there with Ferrari, in 1983. It will be a further boost for me, and I hope that luck will be on my side this time. Apart from this, I saw the track from TV footage and I tried it a lot on my Playstation; it's a wonderful track, and I'm sure it will be thrilling with Auto GP".

-source: auto gp

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Series Auto GP
Drivers Walter Grubmuller , Jan Charouz , Adrien Tambay