Red rain A torrential downpour in race two at the Hungaroring was the difference between success and failure today for Racing Engineering, with Adam Carroll losing an almost certain win because of standing water on the track and Javier Villa...
A torrential downpour in race two at the Hungaroring was the difference between success and failure today for Racing Engineering, with Adam Carroll losing an almost certain win because of standing water on the track and Javier Villa also losing his car in the treacherous conditions on the last lap of the race.
The heavy rain meant that the race was started behind the safety car, and the field circulated for a few laps before being let loose. Adam was immediately on the pace, pressuring polesitter Jose Maria Lopez into a spin into turn two before steaming off to set a number of fastest laps as he built up his lead. Unfortunately the rain meant that the rain mixed with the oil in the track, and after running slightly wide his car was pitched into a spin and the wall, knocking off his front wing and forcing the Ulsterman into the pits and retirement.
Javi was able to continue on, taking advantage of the other spinning cars in front of him as he pushed his way through the field. Unfortunately on the last lap he was caught out on the white line as well, spinning into the wall to also losing his front wing and put the seal on a weekend to forget for Racing Engineering.
Team principal Alfonso de Orleans Borbon, sheltering from the rain, noted: "It was a very wet race, and it was a real pity: I think Adam leading the race was the highlight of the weekend and he did an absolutely fabulous job, but that one spin sadly washed away all our hopes of getting the first win of the season. I think he did a good job in the conditions, because so many people went off, so all things considered he did a good job. Javi was holding in there until the last lap, so it's a bit of a pity that he went off as that meant both cars didn't finish. But on the bright side both drivers said the car felt fabulous, so at least we know we have a good set up if it rains again!"
After the race Adam Carroll sadly stated: Obviously I'm very disappointed because the race was going well until I went off and hit the barrier. I was pushing as hard as I could but unfortunately I just went a little wide and hit the white line, it spun me around, and that was it really. We did everything we could do for the wet with the set up and so on, but the conditions were just so tricky; I was trying to be smooth and make no mistakes, but that's just the way it went. I was pretty annoyed and just massively disappointed for everybody."
Back in the paddock Javier Villa said: It was a very difficult race with all the water, and it's only my second time in this car in the rain, but I could push okay even if the times were slow because of the rain. Unfortunately on my last lap I spun and broke the nose, but I could still bring the car back. This weekend in general was not so good, and I'm not so happy because of the spin in practice and then the problems in the race, so I will just have to look forward to Turkey."