Front Row In Nurburgring For Filippi And Scuderia Coloni
Great performance from Luca Filippi and Scuderia Coloni: thanks to a staggering 2nd place in today’s Qualifying session in Nürburgring, the all-italian pairing will start from first row in tomorrow’s Feature Race, set to start at 3.40 PM (local time) on the German track. This second place arrived at the end of a really hard-fought session, that saw Luca as the quickest driver on track from the very early minutes. The Italian was forced to abort his first flyer due to slower cars in the third sector, but then managed to find a clean lap and posted a laptime that was worth the provisional pole until 5 minutes to the end, when Pic was just a bit quicker. Luca tried to get pole back with the second set of fresh tyres and improve to 1’40”393, just 0.08 shy of Pic’s time. With no time left in the session Luca had to settle for 2nd, ahead of Championship leader Grosjean, who was just 0.05 adrift from the Italian. All the others were much slower, three tenths or more, meaning that the battle for the win tomorrow should be reserved to the top three qualifiers. Scuderia Coloni is very confident because the race pace is also good, as Filippi showed in the morning with a consistent P4 in the Free Practice. A good performance came also from Michael Herck. The Romanian was hampered by traffic but despite this he managed to post the 13th quickest time in 1’41”059, just one tenth from P10.
Paolo Coloni: “Today’s result is the deserved prize for the amazing job that the team did right from the start of the season. The odds played against us in this 2011, with Rigon’s injury being a big setback for the team, but despite this everybody kept giving their best. This result comes from the great job we did together, developing the car with Davide until Istanbul, and then with Ceccon in the following races. Handing the wheel to a proven talent like Luca was also a way of proving ourselves, and today showing everybody how quick we can be was a great feeling. Now we have to fulfil this potential tomorrow in the race, we can really fight for the win with Luca. I’m a bit sorry for Herck because without traffic he could have been quicker, but Race 1 is long and he will have the time to make the most of our race pace to recover”.
Luca Filippi: “I’m happy of this performance, especially because it’s the best way to say thanks to Paolo Coloni and team for putting their trust in me. Today we really did a good job, the car was quick from scratch and then all the little changes we did made it a bit quicker. It’s also very easy to drive on the limit, and I can tell you that because I managed to do nearly the same lap three times, easily. Unfortunately I had to abort my quickest one due to some slower cars and that cost me the pole position, but for tomorrow I feel that we really have very good chances to fight for the win. Furthermore, we did less laps than the others on our second set of new tyres, so we will have some more grip tomorrow”.
by: Scuderia Coloni