Luiz Razia drove a faultless qualifying session for Caterham Team AirAsia to give the team its maiden GP2 pole position this afternoon following a fine qualifying session in Budapest, ahead of Luca Filippi and Marcus Ericsson.
The Brazilian set the pace early on before the field returned to the pit lane for fresh rubber. With the rain that had been forecast nowhere to be seen, both drivers went out for a second run in the dry. Unfortunately for Davide Valsecchi he struggled to find clean air, getting stuck in traffic for most of the 30 minute session. Unable to complete an uninterrupted lap the Italian qualified P14 but will start tomorrow P26 following penalties handed to him by the stewards.
This is my first time in pole position so I feel great!
In the closing minutes of the session Luiz managed to consolidate his quick lap of 1:30.411 to place him P1 for Saturday's race, and with twenty cars covered by just one second it promises to be a race not to miss.
Phill Spencer: "I am so pleased for Luiz. His car crew have stuck with it all year and his engineer Chris has done a brilliant job. Luiz came here with a positive attitude and it shows. He not only went P1 once but twice during the session today. This is our first pole so we can tick another box! It is a shame for Davide, he will start P26 but it is not impossible for him to get a good result, you never know what's going to happen so we will stay positive and look forward to an exciting race tomorrow."
Luiz Razia (Best time 1:30.411 / 12 Laps: P1): "This is my first time in pole position so I feel great! We did a good job during both free practice and qualifying today. I was not very happy with the balance of my car this morning so we made a lot of changes and it now seems to be working well here at the Hungaroring. It has been quite complicated to set up the car for each track. Each circuit has different characteristics so it is difficult to get it right in just half an hour, so I am really pleased we got it right today. I am looking forward to a good start tomorrow and staying out in front!"
Davide Valsecchi (Best time 1:31.080 / 13 Laps: / P14): "First of all I would like to congratulate Luiz and the team for the pole position, I'm really happy for him and for everyone in Caterham Team AirAsia. For me, the session was not incredible we were unlucky and found a lot of traffic. We seemed to be in the wrong place every lap and I just couldn't put a lap together so considering our grid penalties we will go out try our best to gain some positions tomorrow."
Humphrey Corbett: "We are a little shell shocked, but in a very good way! We had only hoped for something like this, so I am incredibly pleased as well as a little speechless! We have had a difficult few days so this is very satisfying. Setup here is so important and everyone has done a good job - the car ran faultlessly. You get a lot of traffic problems here and there is an element of luck needed to put it all together as well as getting out onto the track at the right time. This is what happened to Davide today-he was not able to put his times together in his first outing. I am obviously a bit disappointed for him but he's not down hearted and we know he is capable of moving up through the field. Tyre degradation will be quite high here but we have got a good setup for that. For the time being though we are just ecstatic to be on pole!"
Saturday race: 1540hrs (local time) 39 laps.
By: Team AirAsia