Qualifying - Rounds 16 & 17, Interlagos, October 31 2008 Formula BMW Americas Overall Champion Alexander Rossi (Eurointernational), of Nevada City, Calif., recorded his fourth double-pole weekend of the season in today's Round 16 and 17...
Qualifying - Rounds 16 & 17, Interlagos, October 31
2008 Formula BMW Americas Overall Champion Alexander Rossi (Eurointernational), of Nevada City, Calif., recorded his fourth double-pole weekend of the season in today's Round 16 and 17 qualifying session. Leading the 13-car field in this morning's practice, the 17-year old dominated the late-day single qualifying session in front of the Friday Brazilian Grand Prix crowd for his ninth and tenth pole position of the season. His two fastest laps around the 2.677 Interlagos circuit were 1:40.093 (establishing a new Formula BMW qualifying record) and 1:40.095 minutes.
Qualifying on the outside of the front row for both Rounds was Daniel Juncadella (Eurointernational) with quick laps of 1:40.459 and 1:40.698 minutes. Juncadella, from Barcelona, Spain and a competitor in the Formula BMW Europe series has raced with Formula BMW Americas twice previously. His best finish was a win in Round 9 at Lime Rock Park.
The surprise of the day was Rookie Luiz Felipe Nasr (Amir Nasr Racing) who qualified third for both Rounds with laps of 1:40.653 and 1:40.725 minutes. Nasr, of Brasilia, Brazil, is making his very first Formula BMW start.
In the tight battle for the 2008 Formula BMW Americas Rookie title it was Giancarlo Vilarinho (Eurointernational) making the most of his home race to qualify fourth for both Rounds. Vilarinho stands fourth in the points, only 12 points behind leader Gianmarco Raimondo (Autotecnica). Raimondo, Mikael Grenier (Apex-HBR Racing Team), in second, and Alexander Ruiz (Apex-HBR Racing Team), in third, qualified sixth, seventh and tenth respectively for Round 16.
Rossi said,"It is fantastic to be in Brazil with Formula One. Starting on pole for both races is the icing on the cake. Hopefully we can convert it into two victories. I will focus on the launch and have the best races I can. This is by far the best track I have ever driven, it is great."
Juncadella said, "Qualifying was pretty good after a bad free practice. I wasn't sure if it was the tires, but my engineer said it was. I saw that was true because the car was a lot different in the first laps of qualifying. Maybe I needed to change something in the setup because I had some understeer in some of the corners. That is where I lost my time. Starting second for both races is good and I hope to be on the podium."
Nasr said, "It was very good for my first time in Formula BMW. The team worked hard and we got a great result for someone that has never driven the Formula BMW at a track like this. I think it will be very good. Because this is my first race in Formula BMW, I am a beginner, so I will do what I know and the best I can and we have a great car for tomorrow and we can have a great result."
The Round 16 race is scheduled to start at 4:40 p.m. tomorrow. On Sunday, Round 17 is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. <pre> Qualifying - Round 16 1 Alexander Rossi Eurointernational 1:40.093 2 Daniel Juncadella Euro Junior Team 1:40.459 3 Luiz Felipe Nasr (R) Amir Nasr Racing 1:40.653 4 Giancarlo Vilarinho (R) Eurointernational 1:40.919 5 Alfonso Toledano Eurointernational 1:41.122 6 Gianmarco Raimondo (J, R) Autotecnica 1:41.152 7 Mikael Grenier (J, R) Apex-HBR Racing Team 1:41.360 8 Ollie Millroy(J) Atlantic Racing Team 1:41.385 9 Lucas Foresti (R) Amir Nasr Racing 1:41.549 10 Alexandre Ruiz (J, R) Apex-HBR Racing Team 1:41.602 11 David Ostella (R) Eurointernational 1:41.729 12 Jorge Goncalvez Apex-HBR Racing Team 1:41.732 13 Ricardo Favoretto(J) Autotecnica 1:42.104
Qualifying - Round 17 1 Alexander Rossi Eurointernational 1:40.095 2 Daniel Juncadella Euro Junior Team 1:40.698 3 Luiz Felipe Nasr (R) Amir Nasr Racing 1:40.725 4 Giancarlo Vilarinho (R) Eurointernational 1:40.925 5 Gianmarco Raimondo (J, R) Autotecnica 1:41.232 6 Ollie Millroy (J) Atlantic Racing Team 1:41.394 7 Mikael Grenier (J, R) Apex-HBR Racing Team 1:41.408 8 Alfonso Toledano Eurointernational 1:41.468 9 Alexandre Ruiz (J, R) Apex-HBR Racing Team 1:41.662 10 Jorge Goncalvez Apex-HBR Racing Team 1:41.824 11 David Ostella (R) Eurointernational 1:41.838 12 Lucas Foresti (R) Amir Nasr Racing 1:42.044 13 Ricardo Favoretto (J) Autotecnica 1:42.282
J Formula BMW Junior R Rookie </pre> -credit: bmw