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Silverstone: Racing Engineering qualifying report

Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers Lucas Di Grassi and Dani Clos, qualified for Saturday's feature race at the legendary Silverstone Circuit in 5th and 13th place respectively. Both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers tried to make the most...

Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers Lucas Di Grassi and Dani Clos, qualified for Saturday's feature race at the legendary Silverstone Circuit in 5th and 13th place respectively.

Both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers tried to make the most of their time on the British track during this morning's free practice session to find the best set up for their cars under the cold conditions that welcomed GP2 Series. The session was red flagged a few minutes before the end after Sergio Perez spun to a halt. By then Lucas has managed to clock the fourth fastest lap whilst Dani was in 12th position.

Lucas and Dani started the qualifying session with high hopes and the objective to qualify in the best possible positions in order to have a competitive place on the grid for tomorrow's feature race. The performance for the Brazilian driver was hampered by the traffic on track. Nevertheless, he was pleased with his final result and will start from the third row on the grid tomorrow.

Dani had a very good first day at the British track, where he had never raced before. The Fat Burner Racing Engineering driver quickly adapted to the challenges of the circuit and managed to be within the top 10 during the first half of the qualifying session. After changing tyres, Dani tried to improve his best lap time, but unfortunately this time was not meant to be. Although the young Spaniard set very competitive sector times, improving the split times in sector 1 and 3, traffic also hampered him and he ended up in 13th position.

Lucas Di Grassi: Qualifying was ok, though I had a lot of traffic during the session. On my first set of tyres I had no clear lap at all. But with the second set I got two laps. The car was performing well and so we were able to finish in 5th position. I had no more possibility to improve my time as the tyres were wearing off very quickly. Nevertheless, everything is looking good for tomorrow's race.

Dani Clos: Today was the first time I ran in Silverstone and I have to say that the overall balance for free practice and qualifying was positive. At the beginning of the free practice it took me some laps to become familiar with the track and then we tried some things on the car for qualifying. Qualifying looked quite positive, especially with the first set of tyres where I managed to be in the top 10. When we mounted the second set, I improved my sector times, but I wasn't able to put them all together in one lap. In the end I finished in 13th position, but have to say that overall this was a positive day.

Thomas Couyotopoulo, sporting director: Both drivers were fine with their cars today and we only applied some minor changes to the cars during their pit stops in qualifying. Traffic was an issue today, especially during the first stint of Lucas. We expected a bit more when he went out with his second set of tyres. We are happy with Dani's performance as it's his first time at the Silverstone circuit. The team did, once more, a great job, putting two reliable and fast cars on track. Now we have to prepare tomorrow's race. While Dani is in a great position to score his first points, Lucas' goal has to be a podium finish, or maybe even a win.

-credit: re

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Series GP2
Drivers Sergio Perez , Dani Clos
Teams Racing Engineering