Monaco: Racing Engineering qualifying report

Tomorrow never knows Racing Engineering have managed to achieve their goals in qualifying at the famously difficult Monaco circuit as Adam Carroll and Javier Villa brought their cars home in seventh and thirteenth places for tomorrow's jewel in...

Tomorrow never knows

Racing Engineering have managed to achieve their goals in qualifying at the famously difficult Monaco circuit as Adam Carroll and Javier Villa brought their cars home in seventh and thirteenth places for tomorrow's jewel in the crown race in the GP2 series. Everyone knows that qualifying in Monaco is a lottery, and with a 26 car series the odds tilt away from you every time another car exits the pits. As expected traffic caused problems for everyone, but both drivers kept their heads and gained as much data as they could, biding their time before setting their fastest laps in the closing minutes of the thirty minute session, which was topped by Lewis Hamilton.

Pitstop strategy will be vital, but Adam has a real possibility of claiming his second podium finish of the season, drawing on the knowledge he gained last year when he famously won here after a long and thrilling battle. He will be sharing that knowledge with teammate Javi, who ran a strong two sessions today on a circuit he had previously only seen on television, to claim his best qualifying position of the season.

Team principal Alfonso de Orleans was delighted with his team today, noting after the session: I'm actually pretty happy: Javi was thirteenth and did quite well, although he didn't get the clearest of laps, and Adam was seventh, and the only problem is he never got any clear laps at all! If Adam had half a chance with the traffic I think he would have been near the top; maybe third or fourth, but let see what happens in the race tomorrow. Once again everyone has done a good job today; the cars were there, there were no accidents and we managed to keep it out of the armco, and if we manage to keep it out of the armco tomorrow I'll be very happy! My first objective tomorrow is to bring home both cars, and after that to get Adam on the podium and Javi in the top ten: if we manage to do that I'll be as happy as pie."

Adam Carroll was pleased despite the traffic jam, stating: Qualifying was okay today; it was a little bit frustrating because on the second set of tyres I did a okay lap time but didn't get a chance to better it until the very end, and that was quite frustrating really because I felt that I should have been ahead of a few more people. But it's the same for everybody; unfortunately the traffic was pretty bad but the car felt good, and we're just getting faster and faster. Tomorrow is going to be a pretty tough race, so we'll work on the strategy, work on the car, and then see what happens."

Teammate Javier Villa shared his emotions, noting: It was good today: we were thirteenth and we could have gone better, but the traffic was very bad. On the first and the second sets it was so hard to find a gap but we got some good data, and eventually it was okay. For tomorrow it will be different: the race is very different from free practice and qualifying, and I'm looking forward to it. I hope to have a good start and see what happens, then have a good stop for tyres and see. It is very difficult to overtake, for the others and for me, so hopefully we can have a good stop and move up from there."

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Adam Carroll , Javier Villa
Teams Racing Engineering