No luck for Racing Engineering in Valencia Racing Engineering had a difficult day at the Valencia Street Circuit today, where despite all the efforts made by the whole team, no points were scored. Dani Clos, who started in fourth position, ...
No luck for Racing Engineering in Valencia
Racing Engineering had a difficult day at the Valencia Street Circuit today, where despite all the efforts made by the whole team, no points were scored. Dani Clos, who started in fourth position, finished in seventh place, whilst Christian Vietoris had to retire after colliding during the first lap of the race.
Sunday's sprint race at the Valencia Street Circuit started with Herck on pole position, Dani Clos in fourth and Christian Vietoris in twelfth. At the start, Ericsson overtook Herck for the lead, and Dani was running in third, about to overtake van der Garde, who forced the Spaniard to go off track in order to avoid contact between the two cars. Having lost some ground, Pic also took advantage and passed Dani.
Further behind Christian Vietoris was late on the brakes with cold tyres and collided with Bianchi in turn 2, ending their race at that point.
On the third lap, there was a massive accident in which Kral's car became airborne, causing the safety car to be deployed and neutralize the race.
The race was restarted at the end of the eighth lap and Dani Clos lost a position to Maldonado, who took his chance when the Spaniard was held up by Pic, who was on his brakes very early. On the following lap, Valsecchi overtook the Spanish driver at the end of the main straight and Razia sneaked through as well, when Dani opened the gap.
During the closing stages of the race d'Ambrosio tried an overeager move on Dani, which the Spaniard from Racing Engineering was able to dodge. The Belgian took Razia out of the race and Dani passed both, climbing back into seventh position. Dani then immediately saw his chance to score a point and set his fastest lap times and closed in on Valsecchi, who was running in sixth. But the race finished after 45 minutes, leaving the Spaniard less than six tenths of a second from finishing in the points.
Even though no points were achieved today, Dani will enter the next round of the 2010 GP2 Series, which will take place in Silverstone from the 9th to the 11th of July, still in second place of the drivers' championship.
Dani Clos: "I had a good start, moved up to third and was parallel to van der Garde. But then he made a strange move and I needed to cut the chicane to avoid a collision. I got back on track running slower than the rest, so Pic overtook me as well. After the safety car period, Pic was braking very early in front of me, slowing me down and pushing me to the outside, something Maldonado immediately took advantage of. I then made some decisions in order to avoid contact with other cars and finished in 7th position which doesn't really help with the championship. But we brought our car home in one piece and we are aiming for good results at Silverstone now."
Christian Vietoris: "The formation lap was quite slow today and I wasn't able to get my tyres up to temperature. With tyres too cool, I was braking too late into the second corner and crashed into Bianchi. I am sorry for both of us for not being able to continue. It's a pity. This was not a good weekend for me."
Thomas Couyotopoulo, Sporting Director of Racing Engineering: "We missed a great opportunity to score points today. It's a shame. Now we all have to sit down and work for the next event and fight to keep our chances in the championship."
-source: racing engineering