Can't be better! At the final round of the Spanish Formula 3 Championship, held this weekend at the Circuito de Catalunya, Racing Engineering has obtained a result no one even dared to dream of. Nicolas Prost has rounded up the season with his...
Can't be better! At the final round of the Spanish Formula 3 Championship, held this weekend at the Circuito de Catalunya, Racing Engineering has obtained a result no one even dared to dream of. Nicolas Prost has rounded up the season with his first win.
The Racing Engineering driver already left it clear during the qualifying that he is was driver to have an eye on this weekend, when he marked a time that put him in the first row on the grid. His teammate Sergio Jimenez followed in second and Miguel Molina in third row. When Marcos Martinez informed the team on Wednesday evening that he was not able to race due to a car accident he suffered, Javier Villa didn't hesitate a second to help his Racing Engineering team.
Although Javier wasn't driving a Dallara F306 in over a year, it was due to a sensor on his car, that didn't allow him to qualify in a position according to his qualities. When the lights went green at the start of race one Miguel Molina started extremely well and put himself in fourth position, right behind his teammate Nicolas in third. Sergio Jimenez, on the other hand, lost some positions at the start. A very dirty track didn't make it easy for the drivers, but the Racing Engineering line-up position by position made its way up.
Javier Villa, who in lap one was in eleventh position, finished the race in an excellent second position on the podium. Miguel Molina, committing an error costing him a position, came in third, while his teammate Nicolas Prost finally celebrated a deserved victory.
Sergio Jimenez was the one Racing Engineering driver, who wasn't too lucky today. While overtaking a competitor at the beginning of the race, he suffered from a punctured tyre and was obliged to pass by the pits for an unplanned tyre change. Even like this the young Brazilian was able to finish the race in fourteenth position. Racing Engineering, leading the team championship, has a very clear goal for Sunday's race: win the team championship in the Spanish Formula 3 Championship for the sixth consecutive time.
Nicolas Prost: "I am very happy. This was my first win this season and I would like to thank my entire team for their effort and the car they prepared for me."
Javier Villa: "I suffered from a problem with a sensor keeping me from qualifying better, but this was solved when the race started. I was able to finish in second position after having dropped back into eleventh place at the start."
Miguel Molina: "I hit a lot of traffic during the qualifying session and wasn't able to defend the third position I occupied for most of the time. At the start of the race I overtook Sergio Jimenez, but went off the track a bit after. There was dirt on the track and no flag indicated this, so I lost a position. I could have finished in second place."
Sergio Jimenez: "There isn't much to say. Another driver tried to overtake me, but touched my car and ruined one of my tyres. Passing by the pits during a race that short, doesn't allow you to finish in a good position."
Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon: "Days like these make you forget a bit the bad aftertaste of some of the previous meetings. What more could we expect? It doesn't happen too often that one team occupies all three spots on the podium. I would really like to thank all the drivers, engineers and mechanics, all members of Racing Engineering!"