Points go up in smoke The promise shown in yesterday's qualifying session crashed to a halt today when tyre problems pitched Adam Carroll into the wall and out of race one in Imola, losing the first points for Racing Engineering in the 2006 ...
Points go up in smoke
The promise shown in yesterday's qualifying session crashed to a halt today when tyre problems pitched Adam Carroll into the wall and out of race one in Imola, losing the first points for Racing Engineering in the 2006 championship. Starting from seventh on the grid, Adam made a strong start to push up the grid. He was able to fight with championship leader Nelson Piquet and was in his element, fighting hard looking certain to bring home some much needed points.
A crash by Lucas di Grassi put debris all over the track, and the safety car was straight out on track, prompting the call for Adam to come into the pits. Stopping with all of the leaders, he came out sixth and was able to comfortably hold the position, but tyre wear meant he eventually lost the rear of his car, and Adam's race was over. His teammate Javier Villa had a more fruitful day -- starting from the back of the grid he took Adam's set up onboard, and despite having to adapt to the changes on a new track he was able to push strongly all race long to finish in thirteenth position.
Team principal Alfonso de Orleans was frustrated on Adam's behalf afterwards, noting: "The race was going really well and Adam was definitely bringing home our first points of the season, but in the last few laps before he went off we could see abnormal tyre wear -- I don't know what that was due to yet, but it was a real pity because he went off, and we went from good points and a good start for tomorrow to no points and starting at the back. Javi had an excellent race today -- he just stuck to it, and it was a new track and a new set up for him to learn, and he came home thirteenth. To be honest we don't have big expectations for tomorrow, but we'll learn what we can ahead of the Nurburgring, which is what we're more focused on now."
Despite his crash Adam Carroll refused to be downbeat, looking for the bright side as usual: "It wasn't going too bad today, until I crashed into a wall! Up to then I was running sixth, and the car felt okay. Later in the race I was struggling a little bit, but it was okay until the rear end went away, and it just literally caught me out because into the corner the back went and I got it back around, but I just ran out of road and hit wall. It was just unfortunate - I've just got to stop crashing and start finishing some races!"
After a tough race Javier Villa noted: "The race was quite hard, but I came up from last to thirteenth, so that's not too bad. The start went really well for me and the car felt pretty good, but later in the race the car got a bit nervous and it was pretty hard for me to push and go faster. But I'm pretty happy, and tomorrow we can push hard and see what happens."