Victory escaped! Again, Neel Jani was at the point of achieving a great result for Racing Engineering. The team, as well as the driver feel with each race that they are more and more competitive within this category. The Red Bull backed Racing...
Again, Neel Jani was at the point of achieving a great result for Racing Engineering. The team, as well as the driver feel with each race that they are more and more competitive within this category.
The Red Bull backed Racing Engineering driver had a good start when he overtook Piccione and jumped into 2nd position. Neel ran 2 until lap 16 when Bruni retired and Neel took over the lead. During some 20 laps no one was able to overtake Racing Engineering's driver, although he started to suffer from b r a k e problems which kept him from driving in normal conditions. With only 3 laps to go in the race, when the victory was already within reach, Neel's front left tyre punctured. This allowed the other to pass Neel. In the end, and after a fabulous race from the Swiss, his tyre exploded and he had to retire to the pits. An almost secure victory changed at the bitter end.
The most important insight from this race meeting at the Nurburgring and keeping in mind Racing Engineering's lack of experience on most of the tracks is the fact that the staff as well as the drivers are up with the best teams in this championship. The results achieved in the past and given the speed of Borja and the will to fight from Neel, together with a bit more luck, should allow Racing Engineering to be fighting with the best by the next event taking place in Magny Cours. Nevertheless the team will be working on the analysis of the technical problems involving engine, brakes and tyres.
Right after stopping his racecar in the pits, Neel Jani commented, "The start was good. I could keep up with Bruni and overtake Piccione. Unfortunately I quickly perceived some understeer and brakes that locked up. It was really strange. The problems got worse as the race continued and the other drivers were able to put me under pressure. I am not sure if all this was due to a punctured tyre or a problem with the brakes or both at the same time. In the end, however, my right front tyre exploded and that's when the others could pass me. The worst is that there were only 3 laps until the end of the race. It is incredible how I haven't had any easy race so far this season".
Alfonso the Orleans-Borbon announced, "If in Monaco we thought we had seen everything with Borja being out so close to the finish, it's clear now that we were wrong. Victory was so close today and it's tough to lose it due to something like a punctured tyre. The entire team has been working very hard this weekend and Neel did a great job. But sadly they were not able to get the reward for their efforts. I feel sorry for Neel as well as for the mechanics and the engineers. But we have to be optimistic. We are running with the best and no one doubts this now. We'll see how the next race goes".