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Nurburgring: Racing Engineering qualifying report

Neel Jani starts from 5th position, or even 3rd! Confirming the obvious from last week's meeting in Monaco, Neel Jani obtained a 5 position on the starting grid for the Saturday race at the Nurburgring. However, the decision of the stewards ...

Neel Jani starts from 5th position, or even 3rd!

Confirming the obvious from last week's meeting in Monaco, Neel Jani obtained a 5 position on the starting grid for the Saturday race at the Nurburgring. However, the decision of the stewards concerning several drivers who overtook under yellow flags is still pending and might move Neel up into 3rd position.

The qualifying session at the Nurburgring meeting of the GP2 championship saw Racing Engineering's Neel Jani occupying 3rd position throughout the entire session until shortly before the end where Kovalainen and Rosberg overtook the Swiss driver bumping down him into 5th position. However, Neel might recuperate his position on the second row of the starting grid when these two drivers might get penalties for recording their fastest lap time under yellow flags, something that is strickly prohibited under the sporting rules. This will be confirmed tomorrow morning.

The most positive point for Racing Engineering's drivers during this session, was that the results were achieved even though both of them suffered from misfiring engines. A problem that in the case of Neel became so apparent that in order to avoid a severe damage to the engine the Swiss racer decided to stop his car before the end of the session on the track. The same engine problems, but additionally a problem with the front anti- rollbar in free practice, are the reason for which Borja Garcia, in the other racing Engineering car, was not able to achieve the expected qualifying result. Borja is currently in 18th position, which due to the pending stewards' decision might also improve. Borja, who had the disadvantage of not being familiar with the very demanding Nurburgring circuit, is nevertheless very confident for Saturday's race and keeping in mind how many positions he already made up, he definitely is a driver to watch out for.

In general Racing Engineering looks forward to tomorrow's race and hopes to, finally, celebrate its first podium.

After the qualifying session Neel Jani commented, "My first lap was the fastest and I could even go on to improve the time in the following lap but committed an error in the chicane, which didn't allow me to finish this faster lap. With the second set of tyres I suffered from some understeer and I spun. As a conclusion I am very satisfied. We marked some fast lap times, although we had a problem with the engine, which in the end forced me into retiring from the session in order to not break it".

Borja Garcia announced, "During the free practice I just wanted to learn the track and try out some variations to the set up, but I had problems with the anti-rollbar and couldn't run as many laps as I wanted. During the qualifying I felt much more familiar with the track and the car. When entering the pits I was in 11th position. From that moment on everything went downhill. My engine started to misfire and then the numerous yellow flags didn't allow me to improve my lap time. Let's see what happens tomorrow, but I am convinced that I will do much better in the race than today".

Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, team principal, said, "Neel has done an excellent job today and finally is were he deserves to be. I am pretty sure that there will be penalisations and these will bring Neel back into 3rd position. After being so close several times, I really hope he makes it to the podium tomorrow. However, lets hope the problemsth with the engine can be solved. In regards to Borja, he was in 11 position when he entered the pits for adjustments to his set up. It was a pity that when he went back onto the track he not only suffered from a misfiring engine, but also yellow flags that did not allow him to improve during the remaining time left to the session".

- www.racing-engineering.com

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Series GP2
Drivers Neel Jani , Borja Garcia
Teams Racing Engineering