A ballad to forget The home track advantage didn't pay off for Racing Engineering when, after a difficult day at the track, the team lost their team manager and then a podium when Adam Carroll was unable to find his pit and was forced to come in...
A ballad to forget
The home track advantage didn't pay off for Racing Engineering when, after a difficult day at the track, the team lost their team manager and then a podium when Adam Carroll was unable to find his pit and was forced to come in for a second time, throwing away a second podium finish in the process.
The day started poorly when, while practicing pitstops, team manager Thomas Couyotopoulo fell awkwardly which holding the front jack, dislocating his knee and necessitating a trip to hospital and leaving him unable to help the team for the forthcoming race. However, a strong start of the race meant Adam was racing hard in third place, and looked a certainty to bring home his second podium of the season.
Unfortunately the problems in the pits meant he dropped to 19th, and despite a spirited fight back he finished out of the points in tenth, albeit on a better pace than the front pair of Alex Premat and Lewis Hamilton. With Javier Villa starting at the back the team brought him in early and then he pushed hard, and by the end of the race Javi had gained 12 places to finish fourteenth.
Team principal Alfonso de Orleans phlegmatically noted after the race: I think we would have been on the podium today, but I guess Adam didn't see the pits and so didn't stop; therefore it was a bit like getting a drive through. We actually did well afterwards, all things considered: he finished tenth so it was quite a comeback, but if he'd been doing that comeback up the front it would have definitely been a podium! But that's racing, and we have to live with it. Javi once again went up twelve places, so he did his usual Saturday race of moving through the field well. I think the team did a fantastic job: John Gentry was great as usual, and the mechanics were faultless, but when these things happen you just have to turn the page and move on."
A very chastened Adam Carroll later sheepishly stated: The start was okay and we were running a good third place, but we just had a bit of a misunderstanding and had to do another run through the pits, and that's what cost us a lot of places. The car was really good today, and at the end of the race the car was strong and I was able to push hard, but we were just left on the back foot fighting back. It's unfortunate what happened, but I've learnt from my mistake and hopefully nothing like that will happen again, and we'll push on to the next race."
Relaxing after a tough, physical race Javier Villa said: The race was not so good but not so bad: I started 26th and finished 14th, but the times could have been better. I had the problem with the brakes again at the front, and I couldn't get them to the rear: the time lost to Adam is usually under braking and in the corners, so that doesn't help. But the car itself is quite good, similar to the Nurburgring, and I think it's almost there: just a small change will make it good again, and tomorrow we'll just work hard."