Racing Engineering and Neel Jani score again! The first race of the Barcelona meeting of the GP2 Series brought some bittersweet feelings for Racing Engineering. The sweet part was the fantastic fourth position of Neel Jani. The bitter one that...
Racing Engineering and Neel Jani score again!
The first race of the Barcelona meeting of the GP2 Series brought some bittersweet feelings for Racing Engineering. The sweet part was the fantastic fourth position of Neel Jani. The bitter one that Borja Garcia went off the track and therefore lost all possibilities for this weekend.
Before the lights turned green Borja Garcia, who started from 9th position, had all chances to obtain a good result during the 180km race. And he proved this to be right. Borja had an excellent start making up three positions th before the first corner of the first lap placing his car in a good 6 position with most of the race still to come. Itthwas in lap 2 that Borja started to attack Piquet Jr., who ran in 5 position and slower than the Racing Engineering driver. The Brazilian closed off the attacks in a not very fair way, which finally sent Borja into the gravel. Race finished. Additionally last row in tomorrow's sprint race. This is a real pity, especially when keeping in mind that Borja ran very competitively throughout the weekend.
On the other handth though, Neel Jani scored points once again and improved his 6 position at Imola. At the start Olivier Pla's car was stopped at the grid and Neel was lucky to get around it. However, he lost some positions and was running at the back of the field. At this moment the team and driver opted to take some risks and chose the strategy of a very early pit stop. Neel rejoined the race and found himself able to make very consistent fast laps without traffic hindering him. Slowly Neel was able to recuperate positions and moved up the classification order when the rest of the field came into the pits to pick up new tyres. Neel finished the race in a very satisfying 4th position.
At the end of the race Neel Jani commented, "I am very happy because at the start I was about to crash into Pla, who's car stopped. This cost me many positions and that's why we decided to change my tyres early. Like this I could run without traffic and make fast lap times. The performance of the car was excellent and improved throughout the weekend, something I would really like to thank Racing Engineering for. As for tomorrow, I start from a great position and my goal is definitely the podium".
Borja Garcia said, "I had a great first lap of the race making up three positions and running in 6th position. My next objective was to overtake Piquet as I was faster than him. When I tried to overtake him, he closed off my attacks several times and this at one point forced me to go off the track in the SEAT corner. I only had two options, stay stuck behind him or try to pass him. For tomorrow's race my expectations are all but high. I am starting at the end of the field and the race is too short to make up a lot of positions".
Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, team principal, after the Saturday race mentioned, "On one hand I am really happy about Neel's results and because we have seen that both our cars can be very competitive. On the other hand though, I am not exactly happy about Borja's early finish of the race. He worked really hard during the weekend and deserved a good result. The Neel's was perfect from the early pit stop to his consistently fast lap times. I think Neel is very close to his first podium in this championship, which he very much deserves".