Da Costa sets the tone The leader of Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Antonio Felix da Costa (Motopark Academy) has got things off on the right foot at Silverstone, by dominating proceedings to take the top spot in both collective testing sessions...
Da Costa sets the tone
The leader of Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Antonio Felix da Costa (Motopark Academy) has got things off on the right foot at Silverstone, by dominating proceedings to take the top spot in both collective testing sessions of the day. The Portuguese driver, looking for his first win of the season, was faster than his teammate Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Motopark Academy) in both sessions.
The circuit at Silverstone was still slightly damp when the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 drivers took to the track for the day's first session of collective testing. A few drivers opted for wet tyres, but slicks very quickly proved to be the better choice.
The drivers thus started to come back into the pits to change tyres and the name of leader was changing practically every minute as a result. Jean-Eric Vergne (SG Formula) and Ramez Azzam (SG Formula) were a cut above the rest however and duly took their places at the top of the time sheet. The two SG Formula drivers were soon to be joined by Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi), Kevin Magnussen (Motopark Academy) and Nathanael Berthon (Epsilon Euskadi).
As the end of the session drew near, Jean-Eric Vergne regained control of proceedings with a lap in 1'48''901 and triggered the last wave of improvements of the morning. Ramez Azzam then knocked him off top spot before the Motopark Academy drivers took their turn to show what they could do. Kevin Magnussen made his way up into top spot, before Adrian Quaife-Hobbs went one better, with a lap in 1'47''831. At the chequered flag, it was however Antonio Felix da Costa who had the final word. With a lap in just 1'47''744, the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 leader put in a fitting performance to finish with the fastest time of this opening session ahead of Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Kevin Magnussen and Jean-Eric Vergne.
In the afternoon, the Motopark Academy drivers once again set the pace, with Antonio Felix da Costa leading from Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Adam Kout (Krenek Motorsport), back in third spot. The times however were well off those set in the morning session.
With a lap in 1'47''967, Luciano Bacheta (Epsilon Sport) was the first driver to get close to the time set by Antonio Felix da Costa in the opening session. The warning shot had been fired and Kevin Magnussen followed up to set a new fastest time of 1'47''707. This was then immediately beaten by Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. However, Antonio Felix da Costa was determined not to let things lie and hit back right away. He secured the fastest time by putting in a lap in 1'47''340 in the closing minutes of the session. The Portuguese driver thus made it into top spot once again, ahead of Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Kevin Magnussen and Albert Costa (Epsilon Euskadi).
Antonio Felix da Costa: "It's been a good day for me. This is the first time I've driven on this circuit, so I'm pretty surprised to find myself up there at the front right away. I really need to win a race. After finishing second three times and third once, I've had enough of all that. I want to win!"
Adrien Quaife-Hobbs: "Things are very tight between Antonio and me. We're really setting a good pace out there. I've added a Union Jack onto my wings especially for this race! It really is one of the places where all British drivers dream of winning. This first day here has given me high hopes of making that dream come true."
Luciano Bacheta: "I wasn't there in Hungary so it's good to get things underway again on the right foot. I actually live not far from here, but in fact I don't know the circuit very well, as I have had very little chance to drive here. It's good to be up there with the leaders today, the car is running well and I hope we can get a result here this weekend."