Mauricio and Klien fastest drivers at Valencia test!
Ricardo Mauricio (BRA), Racing Engineering's Spanish F3 driver, and Christian Klien (AUT), second in the F3 Euroseries, have marked the fastest lap times with Racing Engineering's Nissan V6 at the Monday driver test at the circuit of Valencia.
Christian Klien, the talented Red Bull/Mercedes driver delivered an impressing performance at the circuit of Valencia. Not only was it the first time Christian drove on this technically demanding track, but also the most powerful single seater he has driven so far. Very quickly Christian adapted to the track and car as well as the team and working with him was a pleasure for Racing Engineering. Christian marked the second fastest lap time of the day at 1'24.066.
After his 89 laps on the 4.005km track Christian said, "It was a good experience for me to drive such a powerful car. Due to the high down-force you can go through corners much faster than you think. My lap times were ok and I got along well with the team as everyone was very nice with me. Generally everything was great."
Ricardo Mauricio, leader of the Spanish F3 Championship, has recorded the fastest lap time (1'23.789) of the day. Racing Engineering like always enjoyed working with this professional and fast driver as not only the driver learned a lot, but also the team gained interesting insights, which could be useful for the last round of the Superfund World Series by Nissan taking place at the end of November in Jarama. After this profound performance with Racing Engineering's Nissan V6 the team is convinced that Ricardo has the best chances to win the Spanish F3 Championship at the race weekend in Barcelona.
At the end of the test day Ricardo commented, "In reality this has been my first real test with this car. Last year in Brazil the engine was different as well as the tyres. I am happy about the lap time and feel really good to be able to work with a team as professional as Racing Engineering."
Alfonso de Orleans, Team Owner, commented "Christian really surprised me. I saw him race a few times before and knew he was going to be quick, but I have to admit that he adapted faster than I thought. He has a natural talent to be quickly on the pace. I have seen that rarely in drivers. As for Ricardo, no introduction here. His talent speaks for itself and that is the reason why he is the team's third driver, although today is his first real test with us. But look at the results, top of the list! Every car I put Ricardo in, he is always at the top. I leave the circuit with a smile. Well done to the whole team."
<pre> 1 Ricardo Mauricio Racing Engineering 1.27.789 2 Christian Klien Racing Engineering 1.24.066 3 Guy Smith Zele Racing 1.24.076 4 Juan Alvarez Gabord Competicion 1.24.291 5 Pedro Lamy Tata Team Carlin 1.24.786 6 Matthias Lauda Gabord Competitcion 1.24.954 7 Pablo Donoso Vergani Formula 1.25.024 8 Roldan Rodriguez KTR 1.25.201 9 Mark Asmer Saulnier Racing 1.25.621 10 Marc Goossens KTR 1.25.922 11 Milka Duno Vergani Formula 1.27.386