Team AirAsia press release
After a four week break from racing the GP2 Series got underway again this afternoon in Spa for the penultimate round of the 2011 season.
Sadly for Caterham Team AirAsia the day ended with a frustrating result, finishing a very wet qualifying session with Luiz Razia P20 and Davide Valsecchi P26 after he was handed a penalty from the stewards for setting a best sector time under a yellow flag.
The team hope mixed weather conditions tomorrow could make for an eventful race tomorrow and create some opportunities to gain positions on track as well as during the pit stop.
Phill Spencer: "We are all disappointed with our results today. We have looked through some data and have an idea where we went wrong. We used a similar set up to what we have used before in the rain, but unfortunately it didn't seem to work at all well here, and to make matters worse Davide has been given a ten place grid penalty for setting a best sector time in a yellow section. Looking at the positives, in tricky conditions we have got two cars back in one piece so tomorrow we will just have to look at the weather conditions and make the necessary alterations and stay optimistic. You can make good progress here with a fast car so for sure all is not lost"
Luiz Razia (Best time 2:22.895/ Laps: 12 / P20): "In the dry practice session this morning our car was quite good, but unfortunately the decisions we made for the wet session this afternoon did not work, as a team we did something wrong, so now we must analyse all the data and move on. We have had a roller coaster season, sometimes we have been very competitive and then other times we have struggled, but we are not far from the path. Small changes can sometimes make a big difference especially here at Spa which is a big track. Today's qualifying positions say a lot but we can still have a good race tomorrow, we will fight very hard tomorrow to finish in the points."
Davide Valsecchi (Best time 2:23.364 / Laps: 12 / P26): "It has been a difficult day for us. Unfortunately we missed something today and our set up just did not work well. The first few laps felt good and I was competitive but as the session progressed everyone improved and I could not. We will do our best to resolve our issue ready for the race tomorrow and hope I can take advantage of any situations take might come about during the race. We need the performance, if we can get that right I will try to get a good start and drive a smart race so we can finish in the points. It will be difficult, but not impossible! "
Humphrey Corbett: "I am at a loss as to why both our cars are at the back, neither driver complained about the balance, a little under steer maybe but not to this degree. We have a few theories that might affect performance but we have got to look through all the data and hopefully learn from it. Unfortunately Davide also has a penalty for setting a best sector time when he shouldn't have so he will now start from last place on the grid. I know both drivers are capable of putting it on pole, so we'll just have to see what we can do tomorrow. We are very disheartened but as always we will try our best tomorrow. I hope we have a similar situation to Budapest when it rained early on in the race but started to dry, it mixes things up and I think this will be our only chance at getting both drivers up there tomorrow. The forecast is very inconsistent so if this is the case I think we can still salvage some points."