It was not meant to be... Today's feature race at the Valencia Street Circuit left a very disappointing feeling within the ranks of the Fat Burner Racing Engineering Team. After their good performance during Friday's qualifying session, neither...
It was not meant to be...
Today's feature race at the Valencia Street Circuit left a very disappointing feeling within the ranks of the Fat Burner Racing Engineering Team. After their good performance during Friday's qualifying session, neither Lucas Di Grassi, nor Dani Clos, were able to finish the race.
Things did not go according to plan today for the Spanish team. After an aborted start and two formation laps, the red lights finally went off in Valencia and both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers had clean starts. However, Dani's race came to a quick end in the second corner after he was hit from behind by another driver. Having started from 7th position, everyone hoped the rookie would finally score his first points in GP2, but luck was once more not on his side.
Lucas' race wasn't a walk in the clouds either. After loosing one place to Perez during the first lap, the Brazilian driver had to fend off Parente's attacks from behind, while at the same time trying not to loose the men at the front. On lap 10, he did his compulsory pit stop and returned to the race in 7th place, but soon moved up to fourth again. During the last laps, the Fat Burner Racing Engineering had to keep an eye on Parente who once again was behind him, but a problem with his car's hydraulic pump meant that he had to retire within three laps of the chequered flag.
With Dani's early exit and Lucas' retirement from the race, their starting positions for Sunday's sprint race, where only the top 6 drivers score points, are making their tasks rather difficult. Dani will start the race last and Lucas from 20th position.
Lucas Di Grassi:
I think we have to say that we were very unlucky today. We had a problem with the hydraulic pump, which is no ones fault, so there is no one to blame for this part breaking three laps from the end of the race. Our car was maybe not perfect for today, but we could have scored good points over the weekend. It's a shame what happened. We will obviously fix the problem on the car, but my starting position tomorrow will make things difficult.
I was really happy about my grid position, but in the first corner a driver behind me passed his breaking point and crashed into me. As a consequence I was pushed into the car in front of me and my race was over. I will start last tomorrow, which is not good at all and we will see what we can do from there.
Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, Team President:
After yesterday's great work by the team it's a pity to have such results today. In Dani's case, it's a real shame he was pushed from all sides and was not able take advantage of his good position on the grid. In Lucas' case, his hydraulic pump gave up working. It's a part you can check a thousand times, if you want, but it either works or it doesn't. The results from today won't make it easy tomorrow and points will be difficult to reach. But I would like to say thanks to all the boys in the team, as they did a great job, but the results were not there.