Racing Engineering without luck in Monaco. Racing Engineering had no luck in today's sprint race in Monaco. Christian Vietoris was unable to start the race due to a problem with his engine, whilst Dani Clos, who finished on the podium yesterday,...
Racing Engineering without luck in Monaco.
Racing Engineering had no luck in today's sprint race in Monaco. Christian Vietoris was unable to start the race due to a problem with his engine, whilst Dani Clos, who finished on the podium yesterday, had to retire after an accident.
Cloudy but dry weather conditions welcomed the GP2 field today for the sprint race which, due to the unusual Monaco timetable, took place in the afternoon. Dani Clos was starting from sixth place on the grid, whilst Christian Vietoris had to retire before the start of the race because of an engine failure.
The race started with D'Ambrosio leading ahead of Van Der Garde and Razia. Dani had a clean start but, being prudent at the first corner, he lost some positions to drivers who cut the apex at St. Devote. The Spanish driver was on 10th position and, although he was clearly faster than the drivers ahead of him, the peculiar characteristics of the Montecarlo track made it impossible for him to overtake. Then, on lap 9, he touched hard the barrier at the Casino and had to retire from the race.
The race continued with D'Ambrosio on the lead. On lap 15, the Safety Car had to come out after two separate accidents from Valerio at the Chicane, and Gonzalez at the Casino. The race was neutralized for three laps, after which five drivers received a penalty for missing the apex at St. Devote at the start. From then on, D'Ambrosio controlled his rivals and achieved his first win of the season. After round 2, Perez leads the championship standings with 18 points, with Dani Clos tied in second place, just three points behind.
Racing Engineering is now heading for Istanbul, where round 3 of the 2010 GP2 season will take place between the 28th and the 30th of May.
Dani Clos: "I had a normal start but lost positions as other drivers jump started and cut the first corner. I had one of these slower cars in front of me then, but overtaking was impossible. At one point I got too close and lost the front end of the car, which resulted in me hitting the wall. However, I am happy with the results achieved this weekend. We did a really good job and have to keep going this way. The results will come."
Chris Vietoris: "There isn't much to say. I was about to leave the pits when the engine stopped. I rolled back a bit, but that was it. The engine turned itself off."
Alfonso de Orlèans - Borbon, President of Racing Engineering: "After yesterday's fantastic podium finish, today was a real downer. It started with Christian's engine problem and sadly Dani's race ended against a wall. I know everyone did a fantastic job, including Dani and Christian. Now we need to get ready for Istanbul to get some more good results there."
-source: racing engineering