Monte Carlo: Racing Engineering Friday report

Neel Jani starts in the top 10! The most spectacular meeting of the GP2 calendar is taking place this weekend at the legendary city circuit of Monte Carlo. Racing Engineering is looking forward to p a r t i c i p a t i n g in what drivers as...

Neel Jani starts in the top 10!

The most spectacular meeting of the GP2 calendar is taking place this weekend at the legendary city circuit of Monte Carlo. Racing Engineering is looking forward to p a r t i c i p a t i n g in what drivers as well as teams regard already as one of the season's most exciting races.

Racing Engineering's Swiss driver, Neel Jani has achieved the ninth position on the starting grid for the race, which is to be held tomorrow in the streets of the small principality. Once more t h e young Red Bull backed driver delivered a profound performance, although he was unlucky in finding a gap on the track where other cars wouldn't disturb him during his flying laps. Being content with the car itself, Neel is confident and hopes to get a top position in tomorrow's race. This aim doesn't seem to be out of reach given his experience, but there is a high risk of touching the barriers and finishing the race early on this track. The convincing performance Neel delivered during the previous race meetings, scoring in three out of four races, allows us to be optimistic.

Borja Garcia's Friday results obviously have to be looked at from a different perspective. While his teammate, Neel, already knew how to maneuver a racecar through the streets of Monte Carlo, for the young Spaniard everything was completely new. Monaco isn't a racetrack like all the others. It is important to know the little ins and outs to obtain a top 10 lap time. Borja knew that it was important to take advantage of the 30 minute free practice session so as to get to know the track as quick as possible so as to be ready for the qualifying session. Borja didn't take unnecessary risks and aimed at bringing the car back in perfect conditions. However, the Spaniard marked the fastest lap times from the drivers that hadn't driven on this particular track. Borja will start the race from 14th, a difficult position, but could finish scoring points.

At the end of the two Friday sessions, Neel Jani commented, "In the first session everything went well until I came into the pits in first position. Rejoining the track I hit a lot of traffic and didn't even get a flying lap. During the qualifying I wasn't able to get everything out of my first set of tyres. When I came into the pits to pick up a new set of tyres, I lost a lot of time due to a problem with my gearbox. Once this was solved, I rejoined qualifying but only had one fast lap due to Pla's accident and the yellow flags out for the rest of the session".

Borja Garcia on the other hand mentioned, "This is a very special weekend and from the very beginning my aim was to gain experience, get to know the track and not get into an accident. I can just say that after this morning I am satisfied as nothing contrary has occurred".

Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, team principal, declared, "I am satisfied. Our goal was to get a good starting position for Neel in the race as he already knows the track and Borja needed to gain as much experience as possible. In this respect both drivers have fulfilled their duties and we are looking forward to tomorrow's race. If we everything goes as planned, we should have both drivers in the points. Neel on the podium? Why not? Everything is possible on a track like this one".

- www.racing-engineering.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Neel Jani , Borja Garcia
Teams Racing Engineering