GOOD RACE 2 FOR SCUDERIA COLONI IN BUDAPEST Scuderia Coloni's weekend in Budapest had a good ending. In the second GP2 race the Italian team's cars crossed the line in 12th and 14th place, boasting a good recovery after starting from row...
GOOD RACE 2 FOR SCUDERIA COLONI IN BUDAPEST
Scuderia Coloni's weekend in Budapest had a good ending. In the second GP2 race the Italian team's cars crossed the line in 12th and 14th place, boasting a good recovery after starting from row nine and ten of the grid.
Alberto Valerio started from P19 (due to retiring in yesterday's race after being hit by Luiz Razia) and was really quick off the line, passing three cars and then trying a move on Ericsson; the Brazilian engaged a fight with the Swedish driver of SuperNova and sticked to his opponent's exhaust for several laps. Valerio put a lot of pressure on him but the Budapest circuit is famous for being among the most difficult for overtaking manoeuvres, and with his opponent making no mistakes Valerio had to settle for position. From then on Alberto focused on a steady pace, and this allowed him to make up some more positions thanks to mistakes from other drivers and technical issues, up to the final 12th place.
Good race also for Vladimir Arabadzhiev: the Bulgarian driver at the start got behind Johhny Cecotto Jr, repeating the previous day's battle for position. After a small mistake Vladimir was passed by Gonzalez and Chilton but his reaction was really great. He improved his pace in the second half of the race, catch his opponents and then he passed them both easily on the inside between lap 19 and lap 21. His laptimes were so good that he was always among the three fastest drivers on track in the last laps, and in just 7 laps he stretched his gap on Gonzalez up to 13 seconds!
So, the team leaves Hungary with some very positive informations on both its drivers and cars quickness, and now the staff will make the most of the one month stop before Spa not only to relax a bit but also to work in order to be even more competitive in the season's last races.
Alberto Valerio: "I had a very good start, passing three drivers on first lap. Then I started battling with the others and doing this I stressed too much the rear tyres, that are really under pressure at Hungaroring. So, keeping a good pace until the end was difficult but I made it, and we gathered some useful infos for next races".
Vladimir Arabadzhiev: "I had too much wheelspin at the start and lost some places, but then I did my best to recover and I made it with a couple of really good overtakings. When the track in front of me was clear I was again as quick as the top group, so now I have just to improve in qualifying".