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Monaco: Scuderia Coloni qualifying report

VALERIO SHINES IN WET MONACO QUALIFYING A masterly drive on a damp track means a second row start in tomorrow's feature race for Alberto Valerio and Scuderia Coloni. The brazilian driver stopped the clock on 1'38"901, clinching the fourth spot...

VALERIO SHINES IN WET MONACO QUALIFYING

A masterly drive on a damp track means a second row start in tomorrow's feature race for Alberto Valerio and Scuderia Coloni. The brazilian driver stopped the clock on 1'38"901, clinching the fourth spot of the grid behind Pastor Maldonado and ahead of Fabio Leimer and Jules Bianchi. The weekend was good right from the start for the brazilian driver: in the morning Free Practice he was eleventh despite focusing on a long-run test, and also in Qualifying he was on the pace straight out of the box. Fifth in the initial stages, with a very wet track, he improved lap after lap despite aborting two tries due to slower cars on the racing line. Anyway, he kept the masterpiece for the final try, with just one minute to the checkered flag. Taking full advantage of slightly improved track conditions he went for a last flyer and, despite Maldonado spinning right in front of him and then finding a slower car in the tunnel, he got the fouth best laptime. Living in Monte Carlo from some years, Valerio cared a lot about getting a good result on the Principality streets, and a great satisfaction could clearly be seen in his eyes after the session. Also Vladimir Arabadzhiev performed good in Qualifying: being at his maiden experience in Monaco, Vladimir paid his "rookie fee" in the morning Free Practice, crashing in St.Devote after just 15 minutes. Despite losing half of the practice, something really important on such a different track, Vladimir drove well in Qualifying and with 5 minutes to go he was 14th, with ten drivers behind them. Anyway, he was blocked by a yellow flag and some slow cars in his last try, and not improving the 1'41"733 time meant P21.

Paolo Coloni: "We are really satisfied with this qualifying, both because we showed everybody how competitive we are and because Alberto deserved this after the wonderful job he did. He was so quick that he could have clinched pole position if Chilton didn't ruin his lap slowing down under the tunnel. Anyway, we are really confident for tomorrow: starting ahead is vital for a good race in Monaco, and in the morning practice we had very good results in a long-run simulation, so everything should be all right. I'd like to spend some words also for Arabadzhiev, who did a good qualifying. Doing mistakes was easy on the damp track, other drivers did some but he was flawless, and until the last five minutes he was doing really well for a rookie. He was unlucky and so he could not improve his time, but we are happy of his performance".

-source: scuderiacoloni.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Pastor Maldonado , Alberto Valerio , Fabio Leimer , Paolo Coloni , Vladimir Arabadzhiev , Jules Bianchi