Jan Charouz won rookies classification of the first Brno Formule Renault 3.5 race
Seventh place overall and best rookie that is Jan Charouz's result from the first race of the World Series by Renault Formula 3.5 at Automotodrom Brno. The P1 Motorsport driver hit his target for the first part of the season to score points regularly in the top 10.
Charouz set 8th time in the qualifying which meant that the official Renault F1 reserve driver started from the fourth row. The start itself was not a good one, as he lost several positions and dropped to 11th. He managed to move to 10th by the end of the first lap and one lap later was 8th. He was 7th after lap 4 just behind Estonian Pentus. He held the seventh till the flag that brought important four points to his tally. The Czech P1 Motorsport driver was also best rookie of the race when he was able without problem to keep ahead of Frenchman Berthon in a direct fight.
Jan's team-mate Walter Gurbmueller jun. Started from 18th and improved to 14th during the race after he successfully fought with another home driver Salaquarda.
Jan Charouz, P1 Motorsport driver: "Unfortunately I did not have a good start. I got too much wheelspin and my getaway was slow as a result. Fortunately I managed to fight back and moved up to seventh and for the rest of race I was following Pentus. I was faster in the first part of the track but he had better the middle sector and I gained back in the last one. I was never not close enough to try overtaking move. Therefore I focused to keep my position at the end. Tomorrow is mandatory different aero package which felt good in the practice. I hope it will be shown by result. We would like to improve today's result. I would like to thank home fans. There was a lot of them today and once again big thanks for their support."
Walter Grubmueller jun., P1 Motorsport driver: "Both Friday's practices went well and I set 5th and 8th times. It was the reason why I was confident for today. I set 3rd time during my first qualification run but I was not able to set a good time on the second set. The team sent me out relatively early, so I spent the last eight minutes in the pits and was not able to improve. Brno is difficult for overtaking and I needed 5 laps to get past Spaniard Costa. It moved me to 14th. I was then fighting with Czech Salaquarda, he overtook me but I managed to fight back. It was maximum for today although I had a good race. I felt my neck at the end of the race it is consequence of the Imola crash. My focus has shifted towards tomorrow's qualifying and of course I hope for better result. It would be nice to leave Brno with some points in the bag."