Racing Engineering aiming for points in the Valencia sprint race Racing Engineering had an eventful day in Valencia today. Christian Vietoris, who never raced at the Valencia Street Circuit before, finished today's qualifying session in eighth...
Racing Engineering aiming for points in the Valencia sprint race
Racing Engineering had an eventful day in Valencia today. Christian Vietoris, who never raced at the Valencia Street Circuit before, finished today's qualifying session in eighth place after battling traffic all session long, whilst Dani Clos, who was unable to run in the morning practice session because of an electrical problem, was eleventh fastest. Both Racing Engineering drivers are targeting a points finish for tomorrow's feature race through the streets of the Spanish city.
Both drivers had an eventful morning. For Christian Vietoris, who is driving for the first time at the Valencia Street Circuit, it was time to learn the track. He quickly adapted to the Spanish layout and the high temperatures, setting the fourth fastest time in the morning session. Dani Clos, on the other hand, experienced electrical problems which left him unable to complete a single lap. This meant a few busy hours for the Racing Engineering crew to prepare Dani's car for qualifying and a trouble free session in the afternoon was the reward for their hard work. Although the team's work was hampered by the lack of data from Dani's car, the information brought back by Christian allowed the Spanish squad to put two competitive cars on track for qualifying.
The thirty-minute qualifying session under the Spanish sun quickly saw improved lap times compared to the morning session. While Christian was able swiftly set a reference time, he saw his further efforts continuously being hampered by traffic, whilst Dani Clos struggled on his first set of tyres. After the usual stop in the pit lane halfway through the session, the German improved on his time, but again, traffic prevented him from getting the most out of his Racing Engineering car. Christian obtained eighth position for tomorrow's grid, whilst Dani was only able to complete some clean laps and managed to climb to eleventh position.
Starting from eights and eleventh position respectively, Christian and Dani have good chances to score in tomorrow's feature race, which is expected to be hard on tyre wear. Saturday's race, which includes an obligatory pit stop, is scheduled for 32 laps and will take place at 15:40 CET.
Christian Vietoris: "Today started quite well. I still needed to learn the track, so free practice was fine for me. We were quite fast in qualifying, but I had traffic on every single lap. It's a pity as I knew we had the speed. But this shouldn't be an excuse as everyone finds traffic on the track. It's just a bit annoying as I found another car in front of me, slowing me a bit, every lap. But my starting position is fine and with a bit of luck and a good start, scoring points tomorrow should be possible."
Dani Clos: "As we were not able to run in the morning session, qualifying was quite complicated. Trying the car, getting reference points and getting used to the track in one qualifying session is difficult. It's a shame, but I am optimistic for tomorrow. It's a long race where many things can happen. So we will see."
Thomas Couyotopoulo, Sporting Director of Racing Engineering: "Generally, we cannot say this was a bad qualifying, but it was definitely not great as we expected more. But it was also difficult because both our drivers found traffic and the unfortunate electrical problem on Dani's car in free practice resulted in a lack of data and didn't allow the team to do all the work as planned. The entire team did a great job to prepare Dani's car in time for qualifying. But traffic made the session a challenge for Dani and Chris. But some gap was found for them to put a lap in and both cars ran trouble free. For tomorrow, tyre wear will be a crucial factor and 32 laps on a street circuit, many things can happen. Our goal has to be points for both our drivers, which would also allow them to have good starting positions for the sprint race."