First among equals Sophocles famously stated there is no success without hardship , and Racing Engineering can only agree: all of the early season difficulties suffered by the team were worthwhile if they were the price to pay for today's pole...
First among equals
Sophocles famously stated there is no success without hardship , and Racing Engineering can only agree: all of the early season difficulties suffered by the team were worthwhile if they were the price to pay for today's pole position by Adam Carroll at Silverstone.
Adam was immediately on the pace this morning at his home circuit, finishing the free practice session just one tenth off the top spot to place third, which inspired the Ulsterman to dig even deeper for qualifying. Knowing the car had good pace today, he went out and set the fastest lap of the session on his first flying lap, and then waited to see if there was any reply. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton got close, and while Nelson Piquet did just beat it he was set to lose his fastest lap for a penalty picked up in free practice, allowing Adam to watch the finish of the session from the pitwall before being congratulated by everyone in the pitlane.
Sadly for the team, Javier Villa was unable to take advantage of his teammate's good form: a combination of a different set up to Adam and it being Javi's first visit to the famous circuit meant that he was unable to match Adam's time. He will line up twenty second on the grid for tomorrow's first race.
Team principal Alfonso de Orleans was euphoric after the session, stating: "I've never been more ecstatic to say that the boys did a great job! Not only the mechanics, not only John Gentry, not only Adam himself: this was a team effort. Obviously Adam did a great job; he drove a blinding lap, but John had to help him set up a good car, and the mechanics had to put it all together. I think this is a good start to the weekend, and hopefully he can now turn this pole position into a win: that's the hard bit. For Javi it was difficult because it's a new circuit for him again, and he has a very different set up to Adam, so he couldn't get any help from Adam. We're all learning, and I think, little by little, Javi will find his way."
Adam Carroll was obviously over the moon about the result, noting: "It's pretty good, isn't it! Obviously we've had a pretty rough season so far, so it's a big boost for everyone at the team and myself. We've been creeping up to the front, and I know the results haven't been there but we've been getting much better; and we've got the car up there now, which is great."
Javier Villa congratulated his teammate before adding: "It was not so bad, but not good for me today. The first run was okay but after that there was too much oversteer, and then we ended up with a lot of yellow flags so we came in to change onto the second set. After that it was a bit better in the car, good in the high speed corners, but then we had understeer, which is worse than oversteer for me! For tomorrow it will be difficult: 35 laps is a lot for the tyres, but we'll see what happens."