A weekend to forget Being successful at the Belgian circuit in the past does not guarantee the present. So it was for the Racing Engineering crew whivh faced a weekend to forget this year at Spa-Francorchamps. After the heavy impact suffered by...
A weekend to forget
Being successful at the Belgian circuit in the past does not guarantee the present. So it was for the Racing Engineering crew whivh faced a weekend to forget this year at Spa-Francorchamps. After the heavy impact suffered by the team’s Spanish driver, Dani Clos, in Saturday’s feature race, it was only Christian Vietoris representing Racing Engineering in Sunday’s sprint race. Starting from 11th position on the grid, Christian’s race found an early end on lap 7, when the German touched the curbs and spun off track.
With only one Racing Engineering car on the grid for Sunday’s race, all the hopes of the Spanish team were with Christian Vietoris. The young German had a great good start and passed several cars to place himself in 8th position. On lap 5 he passed Grosjean to take 7th position and was all set to climb further up on the timing screens. However, only two laps later, Christian touched the curbs on the outside of turn 9. Spinning across the track, he hit the barriers and his race was over, where only 14 cars finished.
Dani Clos, who was not able to participate in today’s race since he will be in hospital until Monday when further revisions will take place. The Racing Engineering driver has been diagnosed with a compression of vertebrae and a fracture on one of the vertebra. However, Racing Engineering as well as Dani himself, are confident that we will see the Spaniard in his car again at Monza where the next round of the GP2 Series 2010 is taking place in two week’s time.
Christian Vietoris: “I had a very good start and got off the line really well. Everything felt perfect and I had the pace to easily keep up with the other cars. I was in 7th position until the accident. I got on the wet curb and spun. I still tried to avoid impact with the barriers, but the escape area was too small. Until then, everything went really well, so it’s a pity.”
Alfonso de Orleáns-Borbón, President of Racing Engineering: “There is little to say after a weekend like this one. But I don’t want to leave it unmentioned that the mechanics and engineers have done a fantastic job putting two competitive and fast cars on track for both races. It’s a shame their hard work has been unrewarded, but we are working hard to be back at the top in Monza.”
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