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Hungaroring: Racing Engineering qualifying report

Christian Vietoris fifth on the grid for Racing Engineering at the Hungaroring Racing Engineering has made the most out of a challenging day at the Hungaroring. In both sessions, free practice and qualifying, the time gaps were close. With ...

Christian Vietoris fifth on the grid for Racing Engineering at the Hungaroring

Racing Engineering has made the most out of a challenging day at the Hungaroring. In both sessions, free practice and qualifying, the time gaps were close. With constant traffic problems on this twisted track, it affected both Racing Engineering drivers. Christian Vietoris, who is racing at the Hungarian circuit for the first time, had a very positive day with a qualifying session always on the charge, achieving fifth position for tomorrow's grid. Dani Clos was slowed down by traffic and yellow flags to finish qualifying in thirteenth position.

It was warm and dry during GP2's free practice and qualifying sessions at the Hungaroring today. There was a lot of activity on the track ad very close time gaps during the morning's free practice session. The top 15 drivers were all within a second, which was an indication that qualifying might turn out to be very interesting. Christian Vietoris' primary task in free practice was to learn the track and getting accustomed to its particular features. The young German was successful in doing so by setting the eighth fastest time. Dani Clos, suffering from intense traffic, finished in twelfth.

For the afternoon qualifying session the target was clear for both Racing Engineering drivers. Given the characteristic of the Hungaroring track which makes overtaking practically impossible, Christian Vietoris as well as Dani Clos wanted to finish the session as high up on the timing sheets as possible. The session started with an impressive show from the Racing Engineering boys, with Christian Vietoris setting the fastest provisional time and Dani Clos grabbing the second position after just one flying lap. Fighting for top positions during the opening laps, Christian and Dani came into the pits to pick up a new set of slicks and fuel while in sixth and eighth positions respectively. Both Racing Engineering drivers rejoined the session with 12 minutes to go, but faced different fortunes. While Christian finally had a qualifying session where he was not hampered by other cars on the track, Dani was not so lucky. The Spaniard encountered traffic on each of his flying laps and had to abandon his intents to better his time. Yellow flags towards the end of the session didn't help either. Dani had to finish the session in a disappointing 13th position knowing that he could have been much higher up with only a bit more luck. Christian, on the other hand, finished the session in fifth position, just 0.361 seconds behind pole.

The start of tomorrow's feature race is scheduled for 15:40 CET.

Christian Vietoris: "This was good. In the end we managed to have a normal qualifying session without being hampered by traffic. We were fast during the first laps, but not yet at 100%. With the new set of tyres I improved my lap time, but I know I could have even set a faster time, although a yellow flag in the last corner slowed me down. The car was really good and we improved it from free practice to qualifying. I am happy today and satisfied with the results. Now I hope for a good start tomorrow where a podium finish is possible."

Dani Clos: "Well, we had a very positive first stint. The car was really well balanced and we were able to go pretty quick. After the tyre change I created a nice gap in front of me for my flying lap, but some drivers in front of me didn't get out of the way, although there were blue flags waved for them. This destroyed my fast laps and this meant no further time improvements. Now we have to see about tomorrow's strategy, but we hope for a good race."

Alfonso De Orlèans - Borbon, President of Racing Engineering: "Fantastic job from Christian. I am really happy with his qualifying results. Although without the yellow flag he might have been even higher up on the grid tomorrow. Sadly Dani was hampered by the traffic on track. I am sorry to see Dani in such a low position when we know he could have easily been in the top five."

-source: racing-engineering.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Christian Vietoris , Dani Clos
Teams Racing Engineering