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Silverstone: Tech 1 Racing weekend summary

Tech 1 Racing tastes the joys of the victory again! Tech 1 Racing tasted the joys of victory again at Silverstone in front of 135 000 spectators thanks to Charles Pic. The weekend got off to a good start with both drivers putting in stunning ...

Tech 1 Racing tastes the joys of the victory again!

Tech 1 Racing tasted the joys of victory again at Silverstone in front of 135 000 spectators thanks to Charles Pic. The weekend got off to a good start with both drivers putting in stunning qualifying performances as Pic set pole and Brendon Hartley finished the session in third place. Had the New Zealander not been given a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane a double looked on the cards.

The Silverstone round marked the halfway stage of the 2009 season. After a start to the year in which nothing had gone right for Tech 1 Racing the team arrived at the Northampton track with a single objective -- get the monkey off their backs! In the free session, Charles Pic and Brendon Hartley showed a good turn of speed. Pic set the eighth-fastest time without using new tyres and fine-tuned his setup for the race. Hartley went out on fresh rubber and ended the session in third spot.

Both drivers tackled qualifying full of confidence. They were in the same group, and their aim was to qualify in the first six to be eligible for the SuperPole. Hartley was quickest when the session was interrupted by a red flag. At that moment Pic hadn't yet qualified. When it restarted there were only 3 minutes left, just enough time for a single flying lap. The young Frenchman did the job, and with the fifth-best time got himself into the SuperPole shoot out. "That qualifying session really proved a lot of things: Brendon and Charles were both fantastic. When Charles went out after the restart, he had just enough time for a single flyer: he was the only driver to improve. He showed that he had the mental toughness to do it; it's mind boggling!"

The Tech 1 Racing drivers continued to shine in the SuperPole. Pic set the quickest time giving him his second pole of the season, while Hartley also made a big impression with the third-best lap. "The team's performance was really very satisfying in qualifying. Once again, we've proved how good our cars are," was how Simon Abadie analysed the situation. "I think something clicked in the team at that moment. It gave confidence to all the guys, beginning with our drivers."

As always the grid positions were reversed for the first race of the weekend. Abadie asked his drivers to bag as many points as possible in view of the rest of the season. Brendon and Charles drove a solid race finishing fifth and seventh respectively.

On Sunday with Pic on pole and Hartley third it was victory or nothing! The start went off a like a dream. Charles hit the front from Brendon who made a perfect start. The Frenchman opened up a gap early on while the New Zealander kept his rivals at bay without problems. He was the first to come in. Unfortunately, the stewards gave him a penalty for speeding in the pit lane, which ruined his race.

On the other hand everything went off perfectly for Pic. The team's pitwork was impeccable and after that the Frenchman controlled the race until the chequered flag. Pic's and Tech 1 Racing's victory got the monkey off their backs!

"We knew it was going to come," summed up Simon Abadie. "Even if the early part of the season didn't unfold as we were expecting, we never lost confidence in ourselves or in our drivers and they never lost confidence in us. Now we're back on the right track and I'm convinced that the drivers' and teams' titles are still within our grasp. First of all, I'd like to congratulate all the team members. We were under pressure in the pit stops and today we carried two impeccable stops.

"I'm delighted for Charles; he had a super weekend. Today, he again proved that when he starts from the front he's uncatchable. At the same time I'm disappointed for Brendon. He's very quick, but makes mistakes like all young drivers; it's normal and it's all part of the learning curve. He's the same type of guy as Charles, a quick driver who fits perfectly into the team. We've really got a couple of super drivers who've got a great future ahead of them. That gives everyone the incentive to up the pressure on the others until the very last race."

-credit: tech 1

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