HOCKENHEIM, RACE 1: GOOD RECOVERY FOR THE SCUDERIA COLONI DRIVERS The first race of the Hockenheim GP2 weekend saw a very good recovery from the Scuderia Coloni drivers. Both Alberto Valerio and Vladimir Arabadzhiev managed to make up six ...
HOCKENHEIM, RACE 1: GOOD RECOVERY FOR THE SCUDERIA COLONI DRIVERS
The first race of the Hockenheim GP2 weekend saw a very good recovery from the Scuderia Coloni drivers. Both Alberto Valerio and Vladimir Arabadzhiev managed to make up six places compared to their starting positions, ending the race in P11 and P15 respectively.
The Brazilian driver started the race in the best possible way, getting off the line really quickly and passing three cars immediately: slightly touched by Ho-Pin Tung in the braking for the first corner, Valerio luckily had no damage and could go on with a very good race, setting up a very consistent pace and making no mistakes. This allowed him to pass other drivers during the race: on lap 4 he made the most of the race incident between Valsecchi and Razia passing both, while on lap 17 he passed Van der Garde after a spin from the Dutch, who was touched by Bird. The british driver of ART had to serve a drive-through for this contact and thanks to this Valerio was 11th when all the drivers had done the mandatory pit-stop. In the final stage of the race he pushed a lot, stretching his gap on Van der Garde and closing on Filippi who was in P10. On the last lap he was just 0.5 adrift but he was surprised by some early braking by the Italian driver and had to back-off, settling for 11th.
Also Vladimir Arabadzhiev had a very good race. Starting from 11th row the Bulgarian driver boasted a really good start and gained positions lap after lap thanks to a late pit-stop strategy. Before changing tyres he climbed to 4th position, and managed to keep at bay Bianchi and Clos for a few laps. After the pit-stop he found himself in P16, fighting with Bird and Leimer. Despite being at his absolute first time on a dry Hockenheim track, his pace was really better than what his rivals could do and he easily overtook Leimer in the Motodrome section. Besides this, in the last laps he was the second quickest driver on track behind race winner Maldonado, something that gives him and the team good hopes for tomorrow's race two.
Alberto Valerio: "The car was really good and this makes me even more angry for the traffic we found in yesterday's qualifying. Starting a bit in front would have meant sure points with the car we had today. Even when I tried to push as hard as I could, the car was doing exactly what I asked, and it's a pity that here overtaking is so difficult because I was faster than Filippi. Anyway both me and the team did our best today, and tomorrow it will be another kind of race starting from P11".
Vladimir Arabadzhiev: "Starting from the back races are always difficult, but I did a good start, avoiding wheelspin, and even if Ricci pushed me off the ideal line in the first corner I managed to pass two cars. Then with the team we decided for a late pit-stop because we had little tyre wear and the car was better lap by lap, allowing me to race with Bianchi and Pic. Then when I did realize that fighting with them I was just losing time I decided to let them through. After the pit-stop I struggled a bit with cold tyres, but as soon as they warmed a bit I was on the pace again and passed Leimer easily".
-source: scuderia coloni