Kubica still on top Quickest in collective testing yesterday, Polish driver Robert Kubica (Epsilon Euskadi) produced the best lap time of the day again. Since the Formula Renault 3.5 competitors took possession of the Zolder circuit, he's the...
Kubica still on top
Quickest in collective testing yesterday, Polish driver Robert Kubica (Epsilon Euskadi) produced the best lap time of the day again. Since the Formula Renault 3.5 competitors took possession of the Zolder circuit, he's the only man to have gone below 1'19''.
Even if the rain had stopped, the track remained wet for the first half hour of free practice. As the racing line gradually dried out, Andreas Zuber (Carlin Motorsport) and Eric Salignon (Cram Competition) were able to lap under 1'34''.
By mid-session, Spaniards Adrian Valles and Celso Migues (Pons Racing) were at the top of the monitors, with Valles' best lap time clocked in at 1'31''186. Then Jaap Van Lagen made a move up to third place in the provisional order.
After twenty minutes, drivers were back in the pits to switch over to slick tires. Unfortunately, at this time Stefano Proetto (Interwetten.com) spun out and the red flag came down to bring the session to an early end.
The rain came down again for the start of session 2. Nevertheless drivers stuck with the slicks, calling for some precarious driving --
Milos Pavlovic (GD Racing) suffered a breakdown track-side, while Giorgio Mondini (Eurointernational) found himself in the sand. Thanks to some help from the stewards, the Eurocup Formula Renault V6 2004 winner was able to get back behind the wheel.
But then Colin Flemming came a cropper at the exit of the 'Jochen Rindt' chicane - not a lucky 24 hours this has been for the Jenzer Motorsport US driver, who had damaged metal in yesterday afternoon's session-- The red flag came out to interrupt the session again.
At this point, Eric Salignon (Cram Competition) had put in the fastest time ahead of Christian Montanari (Draco Multiracing USA) and Robert Kubica (Epsilon Euskadi).
When the session resumed, it was Robert Kubica - once again - who was able to clock below the 1'19'' mark, putting in a 1'18''915 lap. The Pole was not to beat his own record set yesterday in 1'18''663, but -- it has to be said -- the conditions were not so favourable!
Australian Will Power (Carlin Motorsport) slotted in ahead of Eric Salignon, but still over 5/10ths slower than Kubica. But as a rule, gaps are big on a greasy track
An inauspicious end to the session for Christian Montanari, who broke down out on track in the last lap.