BUDAPEST, RACE 1: VALERIO SLOWED BY A PUNCTURE Scuderia Coloni gathered some good and valuable informations in the first race of the Budapest GP2 weekend, despite bad luck preventing the team from getting a deserved good result. Alberto ...
BUDAPEST, RACE 1: VALERIO SLOWED BY A PUNCTURE
Scuderia Coloni gathered some good and valuable informations in the first race of the Budapest GP2 weekend, despite bad luck preventing the team from getting a deserved good result. Alberto Valerio was indeed forced to retire with 13 laps to go after being hit by Luiz Razia, who tried to pass him on the inside of the track's last corner when there wasn't enough room. At that point of the race, anyway, the Brazilian's race had already been spoilt by a slow puncture, happened when he had just served his mandatory pit-stop, the effect of it increasing lap after lap and forcing him to lose ground until P10. It was a pity because after a start made difficult by a very harsh manoeuvre by Turvey, Valerio and the team opted for an early pit-stop and the brazilian driver boasted a very good drive, fighting just below the podium spots with Valsecchi and passing the Italian at the chicane.
If Valerio lacked some luck, none of that was on Vladimir Arabadzhiev's side. The Bulgarian driver gained some places at the start and then battled for 15th place with Cecotto Jr, passing the Trident driver. Then Race Direction called him in twice for a driver through: the first one was for jumping the start, and the second for speeding in pit-lane. The time lost due to the penalties ruined Vladimir's race, but the team was really happy of the pace he showed.
Paolo Coloni: "We are really disappointed, luck was really against us today and it's a pity because we had a great pace with both cars, we had the speed to clinch a great result. Alberto was incredibly unlucky because he got that slow puncture just after the pit-stop and after some lap the tyre performance went down a lot. Vladimir showed that both him and the car were really quick today, but his race was over after the penalties. Anyway, we fully respect the stewards decisions".
-source: scuderia coloni