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Nurburgring: Racing Engineering race one report

Lucas Di Grassi scores again! Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers Lucas Di Grassi and Dani Clos finished today's feature race at the Nurburgring in 7th and 16th position respectively. Despite the unexpected outcome, both drivers now...

Lucas Di Grassi scores again!

Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers Lucas Di Grassi and Dani Clos finished today's feature race at the Nurburgring in 7th and 16th position respectively. Despite the unexpected outcome, both drivers now look forward to Sunday's feature race positively, as Lucas will start from the first row on the grid, and Dani has shown a really competitive race pace today.

Lucas had a good start from third and quickly managed to overtake Rodriguez to place himself second, just behind race leader Hulkenberg. During the first part of the race, the Brazilian was under pressure from Rodriguez, forcing him to keep a constant eye in his side mirrors, but nevertheless Lucas kept his calm and position. At the end of lap 12, Lucas entered the pit lane for his compulsory pit stop, stopping one meter further forward than where he was supposed to, which initiated a chain reaction of small problems that led to a loss of time during the stop. After having changed all four tyres, Lucas rejoined the race in eighth position. Together with Parente, Lucas found himself stuck behind Grosjean, who retired with two laps to go in the race. However, for the Portuguese and Brazilian it was much too late for them to close the gap to the drivers in front. Lucas finished the race in seventh position and will start Sunday's sprint race on the front row.

Dani's chances to score a good result in today's race were basically over after the lights went off. His car stalled on the grid, forcing him to get a restart from the pit lane. Back on track, the Spanish driver was at the back of the field and, with all the time and places lost during those first moments of the race, the only thing left for him to do was to bring the car home. However, the young Spaniard set extremely competitive lap times consistently and showed what would have been possible, if only the start went well. Dani finished the race in 16th position and posted the third fastest lap of the race.

Lucas Di Grassi: The start was good and I went from 3rd to 2nd. I was then in second position until the pit stop. The pit stop itself was bad for a series of reasons and I rejoined the race in 8th position. Then I was stuck behind Grosjean and Parente for the rest of the race. Now we will prepare tomorrow's race where I have a good chance to score some important points.

Dani Clos: When I was in the pit lane, I informed my engineer that I noticed the clutch's biting point had moved. We tried to adjust it on the grid. Although my pre-start went okay, I encountered the clutch to be too sensitive at the race start. I couldn't find the right biting point, which made it hard to get off the line. I was at the back of the field then, which makes it difficult to recuperate places. But I did very good lap times, and had constantly a good rhythm.

Andrew Ferguson, Chief Engineer Fat Burner Racing Engineering: Dani struggled with his clutch. After, his pace was very, very good and he was able to make very competitive lap times. As he was one lap down and had to respect the blue flags, this hindered him, but Dani and his car seemed very competitive today. Lucas, on the other hand, had a good start showing a good pace at the beginning of the race. Unfortunately, when in for the pit stop, multiple issues cost us a lot of time. Then he had to battle through the back and being close to other cars in front made it difficult for the balance of the car. I think everyone worked well as usual and we have confidence in our pace for tomorrows race.

-credit: re

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Series GP2
Drivers Dani Clos
Teams Racing Engineering