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Hungaroring: Alexandre Premat weekend report

Alex qualifies fifth Hungary - Friday, 04 August, 2006: Nelson Piquet Jr set the fastest time on a damp track in this morning's free practice session at the Hungaroring, lapping one second faster than his nearest rivals Ernesto Viso and Adrian...

Alex qualifies fifth

Hungary - Friday, 04 August, 2006: Nelson Piquet Jr set the fastest time on a damp track in this morning's free practice session at the Hungaroring, lapping one second faster than his nearest rivals Ernesto Viso and Adrian Valles. I could only finish in 21st position with a time of 1.38.167s. The tricky conditions caught out a number of drivers, with most of them fighting their cars all the way around the track. My team-mate Hamilton spun, so overall this was a very unusual result in contrast to our team's usual performance.

By qualifying I had rested in the motorhome and concentrated on maximising my focus for the session. I managed to record a time of 1.30.306s and finish fifth, after driving 13 laps. A number of drivers spun again during the session, including Jose Maria Lopez and, again, my team-mate.

At the end of the session only Piquet, Lopez (Arg) Super Nova International, Michael Ammermueller (Ger) -- Arden International and Adam Carroll (GBR) Racing Engineering were faster than me. I could not go quicker.

The car was difficult to drive with a lot of oversteer and little grip on the dusty track.

But because of last week's 10 grid-place penalty, however, I will not start from the third row of the grid for the main race. I will be 15th. But that still leaves the door open to good results provided we have a good pit stop strategy. Let's see how the weather will be tomorrow, and what sort of conditions we have. The race should be interesting.

Race 1: Premat fights through field to finish strong 6th

Hungary - Saturday, 05 August 2006: "To finish sixth in the Hungarian Grand Prix after my German Grand Prix penalty that put me fifteenth on the grid is a great achievement we can be proud of. It wasn't an easy race, but I had a good start and carved my way up the order. It was cooler than we expected and conditions ended up being perfect for the race, although it was still physically demanding.

I was aggressive from the start, making up positions, but I had in my mind that I needed to be careful not to trip over anyone. Better to play it safer than go kamikaze!

Overall, I am pleased with the result because I collect three more points from a difficult starting position and ensured I will now start from a good grid position tomorrow in third. I also added to my championship tally and now have 52 points to my name.

Tomorrow I'll start just behind Jose Maria Lopez and Adam Caroll and will be looking to drive another very competitive race and finish in first. The start will be important but I'm confident we can at the very least be on the podium."

Race 2: Premat's storms to podium in race 2

Hungary - Sunday, 05 August 2006 . When we woke up, it was very wet over the city. When we arrived at the track it was pouring. I felt sorry for our grid girls walking in the heavy rain before the start of the race. It was so wet that the 28-lap race was started behind the safety car.

I was ready for the safety car to come in and aiming to make a strong start as the track cleared, but I went wide at the first corner. It was a minorerror and I didn't lose any real time, I was just unable to pass there. I kept my cool in the difficult conditions and took the podium I reallywanted here.

I was up as high as second at one point when Adam Carroll lost it at turn nine. I was then just behind Piquet with my team mate behind me. All the time I had last year's race in my mind, where I finished fourth in the first race and went on to win the second one. In the tricky conditions however, I ended up going wide at turn seven as the rain intensified but managed to recover. Unfortunately my team mate passed me at that point and I ended up in third, which isn't so bad when you consider that only fourteen drivers finished the race on this tough wet race with no grip and no visibility.

Friendly, and see you soon!
ALEXANDRE

-credit: premat.fr

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Series GP2
Drivers Michael Ammermueller , Nelson Piquet , Adam Carroll , Alexandre Prémat , Jose Maria Lopez , Adrian Valles , Ernesto Viso
Teams Racing Engineering , Arden International