A Royal visit for Racing Engineering The highlight of the Racing Engineering team's weekend in Barcelona happened after race two today when His Majesty the King of Spain made a visit to the team's pits. Escorted by team principal Alfonso de ...
A Royal visit for Racing Engineering
The highlight of the Racing Engineering team's weekend in Barcelona happened after race two today when His Majesty the King of Spain made a visit to the team's pits. Escorted by team principal Alfonso de Orleans, His Highness was introduced to drivers Adam Carroll and Javier Villa, along with everyone else in the team, in a meeting that will linger in their memories for a long time to come.
Before the Royal visit there was a small matter of a race to run, in which Adam and Javi lined up tenth and fourteenth respectively. At the start both drivers made good getaways, but unfortunately problems were just around the corner: Adam suffered from an intermittently working gearbox with Javi was plagued by brake problems again.
After getting boxed in at the start Adam held station in tenth until the last lap, where a gearbox problem that had been flaring up earlier in the race meant he was unable to change gears, getting stuck in fifth gear and losing him two places to drop to twelfth at the final hairpin. Meanwhile Javi was struggling to get a good brake balance: the problem meant he finished in fifteenth in a race won by Ernesto Viso, before His Majesty arrived in the GP2 paddock.
After introducing His Majesty to his team, Alfonso de Orleans noted: Our race was good today, and Javi was really picking up the pace towards the end of the race: he could have been in front of Fauzy if there was one more lap but he decided to keep it cool, because it's very important to keep on finishing races and picking up information. With regard to Adam I missed the end of the race because I've been with His Majesty the King of Spain so I've been quite busy, although the gearbox problem was getting worse when I had to leave. But for the team, the great news of today is that His Majesty came to visit GP2: I think he believes in the championship, and it was nice that he visited Racing Engineering."
Adam Carroll later added: It was just a tough race really. I got a good start but I just couldn't go anywhere: people were spread all over the place and I couldn't go to the outside, so I got boxed in at the first corner and couldn't make anything of the start. Then the race settled down and it was hard work, and I had a gearbox problem about five or six laps from the end at the hairpin. I had to do the hairpin in fifth gear and I lost two seconds on that lap, which let Timo and the other car get close to me, and on the last lap it happened again and they got past me. It has been a tough weekend but there have definitely been signs of progress, and hopefully we've got a better direction now."
After the Royal visit Javier Villa noted: Today was not so good because we still had a problem with the brakes, although this time it was different because it was the brake balance. The brakes are locking at the rear so that made it very difficult today, especially at the start and into the corners: it is a small thing but it makes it very difficult, so we will work hard to fix this for good. And it was really nice to meet the King today, and to see that he knows me and what I am doing here with the team, which is really good."