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Hungaroring: Racing Engineering qualifying report

More, more, more With the threatened rain holding off until just after qualifying today at the Hungaroring, the Racing Engineering team had just one target: get as far up the grid as possible while the track was dry. A spin by championship...

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With the threatened rain holding off until just after qualifying today at the Hungaroring, the Racing Engineering team had just one target: get as far up the grid as possible while the track was dry. A spin by championship leader Lewis Hamilton on the first lap didn't help matters much, but when it counted Adam Carroll pulled out one of his now usual sharp laps to finish yet again in fourth position for tomorrow's race one.

Free practice this morning was an unusual affair given the wet conditions, and all of the drivers were forced onto wets at the start of the session. Despite this Adam was able to make the most of things, fighting for the fastest lap early on in changing conditions.

Unfortunately for teammate Javier Villa he was only able to run for two laps before spinning off at turn eleven, the same corner that claimed a number of other drivers, including Hamilton's first spin of the day.

After a busy day in the paddock both cars were able to run strongly in qualifying: Adam put a lap in the bag as a safety net before pushing harder, but a small spin meant that the safety lap became the fast one, while Javi set about learning the track because of his lack of track time, setting a respectable time under the circumstances and, in fact, disappointed that traffic on his second set meant he was unable to go faster again.

With the rain just starting after the session, team principal Alfonso de Orleans Borbon sat under the awning and noted: "I think Adam could have got second place, but a spin slowed him. One thing he said is that he could have done a quicker lap on his fast one, but he wanted to get one safe lap in and then push for a faster one; he could have pulled out another two or three tenths, which would have got him second, but going for pole would have been difficult because Piquet did pull the big rabbit out of the hat. With regards to Javi I think he had a problem with the brake bias, but we need to check that. Overall I'm quite happy for Adam, not so happy for Javi, I think everyone did a good job in the team, and we'll see what we can do tomorrow."

Adam Carroll was pleased on his return to the paddock, stating: That was better than last weekend, wasn't it? Fourth place, I'm quite happy with that; it's unusual to have a gap that big to pole this year, but second place is just two tenths away. Today the weather was quite different, and it was difficult to get the temperatures into the tyres and so on, so I'm pretty happy with fourth: it's a good place to get a result from, and that's what we're going to try to do."

Teammate Javier Villa was sanguine about his day's work, asserting: "It was difficult for me in qualifying because I only had two laps in the morning, but I liked everything with the car. There was the problem on the first lap [when Hamilton spun], and on my second set I did the time and then there was traffic. I think I could have maybe gone one second faster if there wasn't. I like this car a lot more than before; it is more towards my driving. Tomorrow we have an extra set of tyres because of this morning, so we will see."

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Series GP2
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Adam Carroll , Javier Villa
Teams Racing Engineering