Catalunya: Scuderia Coloni race 1 report

VALERIO STRONGER THAN BAD LUCK IN BARCELONA It was a bittersweet first race in Barcelona for Scuderia Coloni. After Friday's qualifying the Italian outfit was prepared to have a tough race, but what happened in the first laps made it even ...

VALERIO STRONGER THAN BAD LUCK IN BARCELONA

It was a bittersweet first race in Barcelona for Scuderia Coloni. After Friday's qualifying the Italian outfit was prepared to have a tough race, but what happened in the first laps made it even harder. Despite this, Alberto Valerio managed to clinch a 14th place, an unexpected result after the unlucky start, and Vladimir Arabadzhiev showed a very promising pace looking to tomorrow's second race.

The first start of the 2010 season was an eventful one, with Sam Bird nearly stalling his car and Christian Vietoris spinning in the first corner, being then collected by Jules Bianchi. With the group spreading on the track to avoid the still cars, the two Scuderia Coloni went through unscathed; Arabadzhiev chose the right way to go and gained six positions in a row. Anyway, bad news were approaching quickly. At turn 7, Valerio's car was hit in the back and while the bump did send the brazilian wide, forcing him to fall in P19, it also damaged his exhaust, seriously hampering his car's performance.

From then on, Valerio had to drive the whole race with a 15 kph handicap compared to his rivals, but he faced the odds using all his talent, pushing as much as he could in the corners to make up for the ground that he was losing on the straight. The only driver who managed to overtake him was a charging Bird, and thanks to this masterly drive Valerio could take advantage of some retirements to finish the race 14th, behind Ho-Pin Tung and with a 6" advantage on Rodolfo Gonzalez.

Meanwhile, Arabadzhiev compromised his race stalling his engine in the pit-stop and falling in 19th place. Despite this, the Bulgarian driver kept driving as quick as he could and lapping on the same laptimes as Ricci was able to keep behind a very aggressive Van der Garde.

Alberto Valerio: "What happened is really disappointing because I had the speed for a good race. Then somebody bumped in my back, and my exhaust was completely closed. From then on my race was ruined because the main straight is really long in Barcelona and I could clearly feel the lack of power. Anyway, the good part of this is that we had performance, so for tomorrow our target is getting in the points.

Vladimir Arabadzhiev: "My start wasn't the best possible, but I found the right path in the first corner chaos and things started to look good. Unfortunately I stalled the car in the pits, I'm very sorry but maybe the problems in qualifying and starting from last row did put too much pressure on me. Anyway there's another race, I will give my best to climb the standings".

-source: scuderiacoloni.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Rodolfo Gonzalez , Sam Bird , Christian Vietoris , Alberto Valerio , Vladimir Arabadzhiev , Jules Bianchi