BITTER END FOR THE TURKISH WEEKEND Scuderia Coloni's Turkish weekend had a bitter end in Sunday's Race 2, with Vladimir Arabadzhiev out of the race after 3 laps and Alberto Valerio 2 laps far from the leaders after a mistake. The team was ...
BITTER END FOR THE TURKISH WEEKEND
Scuderia Coloni's Turkish weekend had a bitter end in Sunday's Race 2, with Vladimir Arabadzhiev out of the race after 3 laps and Alberto Valerio 2 laps far from the leaders after a mistake.
The team was expecting a tough race, given that Valerio and Arabadzhiev were starting respectively from the 17th and 18th spot of the grid, but the Bulgarian driver was incredibly unlucky. He did a good start, but he was just behind Ericsson and Zaugg when the two collided. The two cars were nearly stationary in the middle of turn 1, and to avoid them Arabadzhiev had to go off track at really high speed, damaging a suspension. That's why he retired at the end of lap 3. Valerio's race was very different, at least in the first laps: the Brazilian was perfect off the line and gained one place, then started building a gap on Ricci and putting pressure on Leimer for P15. Unfortunately, on lap 4 Valerio spun at turn eight, losing a lot of time to start the engine again. He rejoined two laps down, and then his best lap was 1'37"3, showing that he had the same pace of the race leaders.
Paolo Coloni: "Vladimir was really unlucky, and we're sorry for him because being a rookie he needs to put miles under his belt. Alberto made a mistake, and it's a pity because when he got back on track his laptimes where the same as the leaders. Looking at the weekend as a whole, obviously we were hoping for something very different, but we gathered useful informations anyway. After Monaco, we confirmed also here that we are on a par with the best cars out there, both in qualifying and in race conditions. In race 1 Valerio clinched the 4th best lap of the race, and this means that we have the performance. Now we just have to make the most of it, and in this weekend we gathered important hints on what we have to do to be stronger in Valencia".
-source: scuderia coloni