F.I.A. F3000 International Hungarian Gp allowed Raffaele Giammaria to show again his mature driving skills, with a precious sixth place as a final result. The Italian driver earned also four points on the winding Hungarian track and currently he is on tenth place in the drivers' standings.
In spite of a not very promising qualifying result and of the pit stops novelty (introduced for the first time in Hungary), Raffaele drove a perfect race, without any mistake, carrying out some overtaking manoeuvres on a track which certainly doesn't offer many possibilities in this sense.
RG: "Qualifying didn't go very well, unluckily we hadn't found the right car balance: in fact, while I was quick in the other sectors, in the fast sector I had understeer that prevented me from setting a good time.
But Saturday we worked a lot on the car, we changed almost everything and thanks to the team too the single-seater became competitive again: my pace in race in fact was good, very close to the leaders' one.
After the start I was able to immediately overtake Toccacelo and Schmidt, and then I began to fight with Janis. I was quicker than him, but overtaking was really impossible! At this point the strategy decided together with Durango was essential: in fact I pitted on 16th lap and thanks to the excellent work done by Durango's crew the pit stop was perfect, very quick, allowing me to go back on track ahead of Janis.
I was running then fifth and I was catching the leaders, but a misunderstanding with a lapped driver slowed me down and caused my car to spin. I lost my fifth place and I had to finish sixth.
I'm very happy with this result: the race was good, I was catching up very quickly and the fourth place was in my reach".
F3000 Circus will move in three weeks to Monza (12th and 13th September) for the last race of 2003 season, on a circuit well known by Raffaele: "With the Hungarian Gp finally ended the circuits I didn't know, now I am going to race on a familiar track, where I can aim at the podium too. Furthermore Durango's car proved to be always competitive and the whole team worked very well, facing very professionally even the pit stops insertion: we have all we need to get a great outcome".