Busy month for Tambay ends with strongest weekend yet, at Nurburgring Adrien Tambay secured another FBMW podium, and was twice more, highest finishing rookie at this weekend's Nurburgring event, run as part of the support package to the...
Busy month for Tambay ends with strongest weekend yet, at Nurburgring
Adrien Tambay secured another FBMW podium, and was twice more, highest finishing rookie at this weekend's Nurburgring event, run as part of the support package to the European F1 Grand Prix itself.
In the four week break since Norisring, the sixteen year-old has secured his driving permit, received his successful school examination results, and visited the BMW Sauber F1 Team HQ in Hinwil, Switzerland. Heading into this weekend's fourth round of the FBMW Germany series, his only focus was on building on his excellent season to date.
Having tested strongly at the F1 Grand Prix circuit during the pre-season period, Tambay's confidence was high. Free practice saw him qualifying P2 for Saturday's race, having led the session until the closing seconds.
Next time out on track, in qualifying for the second race, Tambay was again at the head of the field, and this time, he managed to hold P1 until the end of the session. The schoolboy rookie from Le Cannet had scored his debut pole position, ahead of a field of more experienced drivers. The scene was set for the weekend's two races.
Saturday evening's first race saw a strong start negated, as it quickly became apparent that the #27 car lacked outright speed. With just a lap to run, lying in fourth position, Tambay was hit from behind entering the final turn, spinning him on to the racing line. His rear suspension had been sufficiently damaged that he was unable to move, and the race stewards were forced to stop the race, for safety reasons. The final positions were taken based on the standings at the end of the previous lap meaning that Tambay claimed fourth, and highest placed rookie, an excellent result in challenging circumstances.
Tambay's JK Racing team mechanics worked tirelessly to repair his damaged car, and also traced, and rectified a fault with the throttle assembly, which had cost the car its straight line power.
09.00 Sunday, and the lights switched to green, to start the second race, and for most of the 10 laps, Tambay was involved in a three-way battle for the win. Although he eventually lost a little ground to the first two cars, he quickly recovered his composure, and consistently lapped in times that matched those of the leaders. The net result was a podium finishing third position, and with it, the award for best rookie, his third such consecutive result.
An understandably delighted Tambay commented, "This has been a great weekend; my strongest yet, by far. I owe a huge thanks to the whole JK racing team, for working through the night to rebuild the car after Saturday's race this has been a real team effort. I spent a lot of time over the last few weeks racing this circuit online with both (Mercedes DTM driver) Bruno Spengler and (McLaren Mercedes test driver) Pedro de la Rosa, so before I arrived here, I'd probably covered- off as many as 500 laps of this great track. The time was clearly well spent." He continued, "We've been working hard all season, taking it a step at a time, but these last few recent steps have been even bigger. I've had a lot of fun, and now, travel to my favourite circuit, Zandvoort."
Monday sees Adrien Tambay travel to the BayArena stadium, home of the Bayer Leverkusen football team, for a physical fitness assessment, before travelling directly to Zandvoort, the twisty former Grand Prix circuit on the coast of Holland, ahead of next weekend's round five of the FBMW Germany series.