Neel Jani takes 5th position in Magny Cours! Thanks to Racing Engineering's Swiss driver, Neel Jani, t h e Spanish team has once more scored points. Unfortunately, Borja Garcia wasn't able to meet his goals since he experienced more bad ...
Neel Jani takes 5th position in Magny Cours!
Thanks to Racing Engineering's Swiss driver, Neel Jani, t h e Spanish team has once more scored points. Unfortunately, Borja Garcia wasn't able to meet his goals since he experienced more bad luck.
With Racing Engineering'sthdrivers Borja Garcia and Neel Jani starting from 14th and 15 position respectively, the drivers' expectations were only to make up as many positions as possible and therefore improving their chances in getting a good starting position for Sunday's race. Doubtlessly Neel Jani, after a great recovery, fulfilled this mission. The Racing Engineering driver was able to do one of his best races so far this season. Supported by a great race strategy and a very quick pit stop early in the race. Once again, team and driver have proven what they are capable of when external factors allow them to get on with "business as usual".
Not only was today's 5th position for Neel an excellent result, but it also allows him to start Sunday's race in 4th position, due to the reversed grid format in GP2's second race. Being so close to a podium various times during the season, including a race lead during the last meeting at the Nurburgring, the Swiss, along with his Racing Engineering crew, are eager to overcome the past's bad luck and finally finish in the top three.
Borja Garcia on the other hand seems to have luck as an enemy instead of a collaborator. Suffering from a bit of understeer during the Friday sessions there were no big changes applied to his car. Nevertheless, the young Spaniard experienced oversteer during the race, which towards the middle of the race didn't allow him to keep up to speed with the other competitors. It's a pity as both Racing Engineering drivers were on the same strategy and what worked so well for Neel should have also shown the same results for Borja. Finally Borja had to retire when the hydraulic gear pump of his Renault powered car failed, a technical problem outside the team's influence . This problem now knocks Borja back into 20th position for Sunday's race, a difficult starting position for the sprint race.
A pleased Neel Jani announced, "the race strategy was one of the best we had so far and the pit stop was simply perfect. At the beginning of the race I was able to mark good lap times, which allowed me to leave Piquet and Carroll behind me. However, Carroll then overtook me when Lauda missed the breaking point ahead of me and I tried to get out of his way so as to avoid a collision. By the middle of the race my tyres were getting quite used so I wasn't in the position to attack and make up any more positions due to some understeer and traction problems. Generally I am quite happy since it seems we have overcome our brake problems now".
Borja Garcia for his part commented, "This was a frustrating race. I have been hounded by technical problem since the beginning of the season and once again here as well. From the beginning I noticed some oversteer, which slowly became worse as the race went on. In the end a hydraulic problem left me without any gear selection, so I had to retire".
With one driver finishing 5th and the other retiring, Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon said, "a day of bittersweet emotions. On one hand I am obviously very disturbed by the problem on Borja's car. Due to a failure of a part the teams can't even touch and have no responsibility over, Borja wasn't able to finish his race. It is incredible how much bad luck he has had this season and how all the hard work of the driver, as well as the team, continues to be unrewarded. On the other hand I am happy for Neel, who continuously proves his incredible talent and race after race shows that he is one of the best drivers in the championship. Additionally, I would like to take opportunity to congratulate the GP2 organization for being able to extend their TV agreements which now include RTL Germany, RAI Italia and Speed Channel USA in their live coverage of the Sunday races".