Scuderia Coloni Has High Aims For Monza With Luca Filippi And Michael Herck
Tomorrow the GP2 Main Series field will get back on track in Monza for the final round of the season, and Scuderia Coloni is ready to close 2011 in style.
The team aims to keep momentum after the stunning pace and results they got in the latest rounds of the Series with Luca Filippi driving the #19 car. The all-italian pair started working together in the Nürburgring weekend and from then on, in the three rounds they faced together, they clinched some amazing result: two wins (Race 1 at the “Ring” and Race 2 in Spa), one podium finish (Race 2 in Germany) and three first row qualifying performances. This allowed Luca Filippi to score an impressive 31 points, getting back in contention for the 3rd spot of the overall classification: Bianchi is 8 points ahead, a gap that's not impossible to fill with a great weekend.
So there are many reason for the team to aim for the top spots right from qualifying where the aim is to take pole position, after getting very close to it in the 3 last outings.
Looking at the recent past, the Monza circuit has always been a sweet venue for Scuderia Coloni, as the team got three wins at the “Autodromo Nazionale”. In 2006 Giorgio Pantano won both the races of the weekend ahead of Lewis Hamilton, while in 2009 Luiz Razia won Race 2.
Paolo Coloni: “Racing at home race always feels special, but this time it's much more so because we have a great momentum from the previous races that we want to carry in this finale.
Needless to say, the whole team wants a win in Monza, especially to say thanks to all the Italian fans who congratulated us for the recent results. We want to bring them some more joy, this is the aim. Obviously, after starting from P2 for three times in a row, we also want to clinch pole position, it would be the perfect stepping stone for a great result in Race 1.
Anyway, we know it won't be easy, also because it will be the first time we will be using the low-downforce setup. It's a config that is allowed for Monza only, so it will be something new for all the teams and the drivers, who will have to find the feeling quickly. Anyway we did a lot of simulation work and we are confident, we are charged-up and ready to give our best”.