Circuit de Monaco
A quick turn around after morning free practice in Monaco saw Team AirAsia qualify today in the top three, with Davide Valsecchi setting a best lap of 1:22.198 lap.
His consistency placed him amongst the quickest for the entire session and he will start tomorrow's GP2 race from the second row of the grid with his sights on a Monaco race win.
Meanwhile Luiz Razia, try as he might to find clear air, was plagued with traffic for most of the 30-minute session. He was able to make just one clear run and finally qualified P17 after a frustrating session around the famous streets of Monte Carlo.
Phill Spencer: "Again, we are very pleased for Davide for his P3 and a little disappointed and sad for Luiz - his car wasn't ideal, but mostly he suffered with traffic. He tried to piece it together but unfortunately luck was not on his side. We will need to improve the car's balance for tomorrow, but we can race from P17 and we just need to keep pushing. This is our first street race so we are still learning. We know we have two decent cars and drivers that like the circuit - we have a good race strategy in place so we will stay positive and see how it pans out tomorrow."
Davide Valsecchi (Best time 1:22.198/ 17 laps / P3): "The car felt fantastic today so I would like to thank the team for giving me such a good car. We have continually been in the top five throughout free practice and qualifying, so with Bianchi's five place penalty we will now start P3 tomorrow. There were a lot of incidents and yellow flags so we were lucky to get the free laps and get a good result. For tomorrow the aim will be to avoid any incidents at the first corner, have a solid race and a podium finish!"
Luiz Razia (Best time 1: 23.377 / 18 laps / P17): "We have been unlucky here today, as we were in Barcelona. We had a very difficult session, there were a lot of crashes and I was in the middle trying to survive. I got one clear lap during the whole session and the car wasn't feeling perfect, so even on that lap it was not competitive enough. We were trying something different with the car setup, but it didn't work, so we will change again for tomorrow and see how we go. Being further back on the grid might even help me avoid any incidents that usually occur at the start in turn one, we'll see. The main aim for tomorrow is to finish my race and do well."
Humphrey Corbett: "We had lots of work to do in between free practice and qualifying today to fix some damage from the morning session. Qualifying went very well for Davide, but unfortunately not so well for Luiz. We know Luiz is capable of a lot more, he got caught up in traffic but it seem luck just wasn't on his side - It is a lottery here in Monaco so we are fortunate to have two cars in one piece. We will make some small adjustments to Davide's car, but overall he is very happy with it. Once the cars come back from Parc Ferme, we will study the data we have from today and think about strategy. We have been impressed with the super soft tyre today, there was not as much degradation as we had expected so we will feed that into our race strategy. With a good start Davide has a very good chance of getting a Monaco podium finish."
Friday race: 11:15am (local time) +1GMT
-source: team airasia