Disappointing Sunday for Fat Burner Racing Engineering at Silverstone After yesterday's fantastic race by Lucas Di Grassi where he was able to secure a second place for his Spanish team, Sunday's sprint race at Silverstone was very disappointing...
Disappointing Sunday for Fat Burner Racing Engineering at Silverstone
After yesterday's fantastic race by Lucas Di Grassi where he was able to secure a second place for his Spanish team, Sunday's sprint race at Silverstone was very disappointing for the Fat Burner Racing Engineering team.
While Lucas Di Grassi started from a promising seventh position on the grid, with valuable points within reach, his team mate, Dani Clos, started the race from 13th. All cars were ready for the lights to go off and the race to start when the start was canceled as Ricci stopped during the formation lap. The field went onto another formation lap and Dani gained one position on the grid as Valsecchi stalled. At the second start however, it was Lucas Di Grassi who stalled and lost precious time until he could rejoin the race.
At the back of the field, Lucas was determined to show the potential of his Fat Burner Racing Engineering car and set the fastest lap time. Driving in a position which doesn't leave any space for expectations, the Brazilian simply tried to push as much as possible. Although he spun off the track at one point, Lucas was able to get back on track and continue to race, although his race was already finished before the start. Lucas finished in 19th position.
Dani Clos, on the other hand, once more found himself stuck behind Filippi, after the start. But the decisive moment for Dani's race was Razia, who crashed into the Spaniards car from behind. Razia's front wing cut Dani's rear left tyre, and the Fat Burner Racing Engineering driver had to come into the pits to pick up a new tyre. Rejoining the race just in front of the leaders, Dani let them pass and showed a good pace during the following laps. However, after having dropped back to 22nd position, Dani also suffered from Mortara's engine failure. Mortara's engine blew up in a corner Dani approached shortly after, making him spin and his race was over.
Although Fat Burner Racing Engineering faced a disappointing Sunday at Silverstone, Saturday's second position and the pace of both cars in Sunday's sprint race allow the team to look forward to the next round at the Nurburgring positively. The Spanish team's pace, together with the reliability of their cars, should allow the team to score good points at the next round of the 2009 GP2 Series.
Lucas Di Grassi: The start was a disaster. I stalled, but I am not yet sure, if it was my mistake, or if there was a problem with the clutch. We will look into it. But then the car was really great and I set the fastest lap. But it was too late and I was too far back. The car went really well this weekend and we have a very fast car. We will improve it a bit more for Nurburgring and I am confident. We scored 8 points this weekend, which is not perfect, but it's ok.
Dani Clos: I had a quite normal start. Then I found myself behind Filippi again, who was slower and I was stuck behind him. I kept pushing, but then Razia crashed into me on the straight. He cut my rear tyre with his front wing and I had to come to the pits to pick up a new tyre. I rejoined the race just in front of the leading drivers of the race and had to let them pass. However, I was able to keep their rhythm and did some good lap times. But when Mortara's engine blew up in a corner just in front of me, I spun on the oil and my race as over. But we will keep on fighting.
Thomas Couyotolpoulo, sporting director: This was a disappointing day. Lucas stalled at the start and then wanted to show his pace, although he drove at the back of the field. He set the fastest lap time in the race, but due to not finishing within the top 10, he will not be able to score this point. Dani had a regular start to the race and had to come in for a pit stop when another driver cut his rear tyre. He then showed a good pace, but spun on the oil from Mortara's engine, which blew up just in front of him. The results are really not what we expected as both our drivers showed that the cars are fast and we were right with our set ups. I hope we will be back on top at the next round in Germany, as we have the speed and reliability for it.