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Team AirAsia Nurburgring Race 1 Report

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Both Davide Valsecchi and Luiz Razia drove a determined race this afternoon, demonstrating their pace with some impressive overtaking manoeuvres, but sadly this was not enough to finish in the points today in Nurburgring.

Davide was forced to pit a total three times during the race to repair damage to the front of his car after an incident on the opening lap. With a new front nose he battled on to finish fourteenth, a position that perhaps does not truly reflect his fine performance. Luiz Razia made a good start but he too had an eventful race. Managing to make up lost places with some skilful driving, he looked set to finish in the top eight, but with just two laps go he was pushed off track which sadly ended his race early.

Phill Spencer: "Both cars had a good pace today. We are a bit disappointed both cars were involved in first lap incident, but these things happen. We had to bring in Davide twice, so we lost a lot of time, but his pace was good during the race so we're happy about that. Luiz unfortunately lost several places when his pit lane limiter was knocked on by accident, but otherwise his pace was excellent, and he made several impressive overtaking moves. The pit stops were really good, so I am pleased for the guys. Well done. Of course we are disappointed to miss out on a potential pole for tomorrow and any points today. But we will put our heads together tonight and try again tomorrow before moving onto Hungary."

Davide Valsecchi and Luiz Razia, Team AirAsia new livery
Davide Valsecchi and Luiz Razia, Team AirAsia new livery

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Davide Valsecchi (Best time1:44.068/ P14): "I am disappointed that we had to come in twice after I made contact with Vietoris at the beginning of the race. I am so careful usually so I am frustrated with myself. I had a bit of under steer here today, but we were not lost compared to the top eight. In the second half of the race we had the pace and I was able to make some good passes. "

Luiz Razia (Best time 1:43.868 / DNF): "We did not have luck on our side today. The start was ok, but then on corner three Bird touched me and when I corrected myself I pressed the pit lane limiter by mistake and I slipped to P14. After that the car felt pretty good. The pace was there and we did a good strategy with a good pit stop and the car was performing well. I overtook Guttierrez, Leimer and Carroll, and caught up with Sam Bird, but at one point in turn ten I braked and Leimer came up beside me and he pushed me off track. With two laps left that was it for me today. Unfortunately we got no points today, but I had some fun whilst I was out there!"

Humphrey Corbett: "Another eventful race. From where we were we were going to take a few risks with Davide, and use classic pit stop strategy with Luiz, however this went out of the window when Davide collected damage to his front nose on the first lap. We then had to bring him in again after noticing damage to one of his front tyres, but luckily there was a safety car out so we didn't lose too much time. Meantime Luiz was working himself up the field, having some good battles, but unfortunately he then had a tangle with Leimer and went off. It is very sad because we could have been on pole for tomorrow, he drove very well fighting all the way. Davide drove well too, to finish P14 from last, so overall he did a good job. Tomorrow will be another tough race, but we will regroup and do it all again!"

by: Team AirAsia

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