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Monaco: Scuderia Coloni race 1 report

GOOD FIFTH PLACE FOR VALERIO IN MONTE CARLO RACE 1 The first race of the Monaco weekend was an heart-stopping one or Scuderia Coloni. A staggering Alberto Valerio clinched a good fifth place driving on the edge for three quarters of the race,...

GOOD FIFTH PLACE FOR VALERIO IN MONTE CARLO RACE 1

The first race of the Monaco weekend was an heart-stopping one or Scuderia Coloni. A staggering Alberto Valerio clinched a good fifth place driving on the edge for three quarters of the race, and lost P4 just because he was hampered by Ho-Ping Tung's crash.

At the start Valerio got off well, keeping fourth place and following Pastor Maldonado and Dani Clos. In the very first laps the Brazilian driver followed the strategy planned with the team, not pushing too much to look after the tires and just keeping at bay Jules Bianchi and Sam Bird who were behind him. As planned, Valerio started pushing when the drivers in front of him had to slow a bit to save their slicks, and from then on he boasted an impressive drive: in just five laps the gap from third position was halved, passing from 8 to 4 seconds, and Alberto was completing a recovery that, thanks to a late pit-stop strategy, could have placed him on the podium. Any way, bad luck showed up: in the same lap he was supposed to come in the pits, Valerio had to slow down a lot to avoid the bits of Tung's car, spreaded everywhere on the track. The precious second that he lost there were enough to let Bianchi (who had pitted earlier) through, losing 4th position. With the Safety-Car deployed, even if in front of the wrong drivers as Perez and Maldonado were not picked up, Valerio hooked to Bianchi's rear wing and started putting pressure on him right from the restart. For 14 laps Valerio was right on the frenchman's tail, keeping the gap between 0.3 and haf second. Anyway, Monaco is Monaco, and despite being way quicker than his opponent Valerio never had a real chance to overtake him. Only in the last lap, with worn tires, Valerio decided to settle for fifth, gaining 4 valuable points.

In the meantime, Vladimir Arabadzhiev continued his apprenticeship, facing the Monte Carlo "rookie fee" again. The Bulgarian driver had to retire on lap 20 after touching the wall in the Swimming Pool" second chicane. It was a pity because Vladimir's start was good and in the mayhem caused by the crash between Zaugg, Valsecchi and Chilton he passed unscathed. His pace until the first pit stop was good, then after changing the tires he picked up some dirt while fighting with Sam Bird, and his car understeered into the wall.

Alberto Valerio: "I see good things and bad things in this race. The bad one is that we missed the podium, which was our target, and that we were unlucky again because without Tung's crash and the Safety-Car we could really have done that. The good thing is that I was quick, quicker than Bianchi for a big part of the race. We showed everybody that yesterday wasn't just a lucky lap: we have the pace to fight for wins, and we will do that until the end of the championship.

Vladimir Arabadzhiev: "I had a good start, and my pace was good in the first laps, my race was positive until then. Then, fighting with Bird, I crashed. I'm sorry, but in Monaco the margin for an error is very tiny. Anyway, being a rookie, I have to say that the eventi s incredibile, and racing so near to the walls is thrilling. It's also very difficult, particularly with just half an hour of Free Practice and Qualifying to learn the track".

-source: scuderiacoloni.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Pastor Maldonado , Sam Bird , Alberto Valerio , Dani Clos , Vladimir Arabadzhiev , Jules Bianchi