QUAIFE-HOBBS ON THE PACE IN GERMANY Adrian Quaife-Hobbs once again showed tremendous pace in the latest rounds of the GP3 Series with a cracking performance in testing and qualifying at Hockenheim. Adrian showed the early pace at the start...
QUAIFE-HOBBS ON THE PACE IN GERMANY
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs once again showed tremendous pace in the latest rounds of the GP3 Series with a cracking performance in testing and qualifying at Hockenheim. Adrian showed the early pace at the start of the 30 minute damp test on Friday, the Manor Racing driver winding up fourth fastest at the end.
In qualifying on Saturday, Adrian posted the fifth quickest time; however he was one of 21 drivers who would later incur grid penalties, the Tonbridge racer being pushed down to sixth for the start of the opening race.
"The event started well for us, we had a good pace in testing and again in qualifying," said Adrian. "For the first time this season qualifying was held in the wet and we immediately set a good time. However I caught some traffic later on so backed off to get a clear run as the track began to dry.
"I set a quick first and second sector but in the last one I made a small mistake which ultimately dropped me to fifth. Unfortunately I, along with most of the grid, ended up being penalised, although thankfully I only lost one place which dropped me to sixth, so I was still confident of a good strong finish."
The race kicked off on Saturday afternoon in dry conditions. As Adrian headed out onto the green flag lap however, he noted water leaking out of the car and during the course of the formation lap, he was forced to pull over rather than risk damaging the engine and was unable to take up his place on the third row.
"As I exited the pits I noticed there was water coming out of the car and on the green flag lap the engine suddenly started overheating. It was a disappointing end to the first race after a great start to the event, but it was obviously better to pull off than risk any damage."
Race two was held on Sunday morning and had Adrian start from the very back. A superb getaway allowed him to move up to 13th on the opening lap, a sterling performance in the strong-30 car line-up. A first lap multi-car incident caused the safety car to be deployed for six laps and at the restart Adrian made his way up into tenth place, closing the gap down to the group ahead.
However entering the stadium complex, the 19 year-old pushed a bit too hard and spun off, dropping him back down the order. Another incident involving several cars caused another safety car period which prevented Adrian from regaining any more places as he crossed the line 19th.
"Race two was looking good for a top ten finish, not a bad performance having started last. But unfortunately I lost the back end of the car coming into the stadium section which dropped me out of the running and the safety car was on track which prevented me from retaking any places.
"Once again though we've shown great pace in testing and qualifying we just need to carry that performance over into the race and get the results we all deserve."
Adrian has just one week's break before the next rounds of the GP3 Series, supporting the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend at Budapest on July 31/August 1.