Imola: Walter Grubmuller preview

Walter Grubmuller is among the drivers eagerly waiting for the Imola Auto GP round. The Austrian from Charouz-Gravity racing was steadily improving session after session in the Brno weekend, and the second race he was able to clinch a good fifth...

Walter Grubmuller is among the drivers eagerly waiting for the Imola Auto GP round. The Austrian from Charouz-Gravity racing was steadily improving session after session in the Brno weekend, and the second race he was able to clinch a good fifth position starting from P9 on the grid. Now, Walter looks forward to get on track in Imola to see if he will manage to keep this positive momentum also on the Italian track.

"I'm quite happy about Brno. We didn't have any particular issue, we are just a brand new team and we've got to improve working together. With the growing feeling between us I think there's room for improvement: that's why in Brno we were struggling in free practice and then things got better and better until I got in the points in Race 2. I hope that we will keep this improving trend also in Imola."

With the first testing sessions in Imola planned for Friday morning, Walter opted for an "electronic" training, something that the most of the drivers are using nowadays: "I tried the track on the Playstation. Obviously it's not the real thing, but it's useful because you get an idea of the track. Besides this, I'm focusing to figure the track mentally, because I know it. I raced there 4 years ago and I liked it a lot, because you have everything, from uphills to downhills, from fast chicanes to slow corners and again really fast sweepers. At that time I was driving a F.Renault 2.0, so I expect a slightly different experience with Auto GP".

That's because Grubmuller likes the Auto GP car: "This year I'm driving also the Ws by Renault car, so I think I have a good benchmark, and I think that the Auto GP car is really great. They require very different driving styles, but from a performance standpoint, the outcome is similar. The Auto GP car has 100 bhp more and you clearly feel that, but at the same time the rear is a bit more loose, you have to tame it. Driving both cars in the same season means that when I jump out of one to get in the other I have to reset a bit, but adapting myself to different cars has never been a problem for me".

-source: auto gp

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