Two races in Abu Dhabi after Monza The two drivers arrived in Monza with Patrick Huisman in fourth place in the championship on 120 points and Richard Williams in tenth on 69 points. There was no rain this year on the Italian track and the ...
Two races in Abu Dhabi after Monza
The two drivers arrived in Monza with Patrick Huisman in fourth place in the championship on 120 points and Richard Williams in tenth on 69 points.
There was no rain this year on the Italian track and the temperature was a pleasant 28 degrees centigrade for the Friday afternoon free practice session on the legendary 5.793km Monza track. Situated within picturesque wooded parkland 15km north of Milan, the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza remains Formula 1's perennial temple of speed.
This weekend represented one the biggest challenges of the season for any driver, even for the 19 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup drivers. Patrick Huisman and Richard Williams, the two SPS Tudor drivers arrived in Monza with high hopes. There was lots of excitement in the 14-lap race and, in the end, Patrick Huisman and Richard Williams finished their last race of the European season in 6th and 19th position respectively.
The free Friday practice saw Patrick Huisman start the weekend well, posting the second fastest time (1.53.836) with Richard William having to settle for eleventh (1.54.956).
The new qualifying rules for grid positions in the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup introduced at the Nuerburgring race meant that the battle for pole position would be over two qualifying sessions on Saturday, with the fastest ten taking part in an exciting shoot-out to determine pole. Only one of the two SPS Tudor drivers made the cut for the second part of the qualifying session and the fight for the first ten grid positions. Dutchman Patrick Huisman finished Q1 in 8th. Unfortunately, Huisman was unable to improve on his ranking in Q2 and the Tudor's branded drivers, Patrick Huisman and Richard Williams were respectively ranked 8th and 13th on the starting grid. This after a yellow flag misunderstanding by Williams had led the Stewards to drop the British driver's fastest time.
Post-race, Tudor driver Patrick Huisman said, "I like Monza. It is a combination of low speed and maximum grip in the corners. We run minimum downforce here. I have won a few races here. So with a good start on Friday I was hoping that we could get a great result this weekend. In qualifying I had a good result despite a couple of problems with different competitors spilling oil on the track. At least we seem to have solved the problems that we encountered in Nuerburgring, Valencia and Spa.
"In the race, I had a good start and was in 6th right away. In Turn 1 I saw four cars cut the chicane and get an advantage, but nothing happened to them; they did not get a penalty and they were not punished despite gaining an advantage.
"I am happy with my performance and the fact that my car is again at a competitive level. Overall, the week-end was difficult. But now we know that the performance is back I am looking forward to the next race meeting at Abu Dhabi. A new track for everyone. Today I have lost four points to Stefan Rosina, but believe me I will do everything to get back my third position in the championship and at least we have two races in Abu Dhabi."
Richard Williams had a strong weekend, but was dogged by bad luck. He finished the race in 19th after qualifying in 13th position. He said, "My aim was to be a top ten finisher so I am quite disappointed after my Monza race. The first part of qualifying was not so good for me. I ranked higher in the Q1 classification, but the stewards took my fastest time away claiming I had overtaken under a yellow flag. I would never do this. I had only seen a blue flag, so I was deeply disappointed with this decision and also to finish qualifying only in 13th position. It shows that anything and everything can always happen in qualifying. Talking about the race, I had a good start and did not cut the chicane, but I made contact with another car that caused a left rear puncture, so I had to pit. The rest of the race was a really lonely drive. I am looking forward to a high style season finish in Abu Dhabi."
Rene Rast (Germany) claimed his fifth pole position of the year at the wheel of his VELTINS MRS Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. He also won the race leading from start to finish. "I am so pleased with this fifth win of the season. This way the championship theoretically remains open between Jeroen Bleekemolen and me despite Jeroen being so strong in the championship ahead of us. I had a fantastic start to this race. It was simply superb."
Patrick Huisman (P2 1.53.836)
Richard Williams (P11 1.54.956)
Pole : Rene Rast (Veltins MRS Racing - 1.52.680 in Q1 - 1.52.484 in Q2)
Patrick Huisman (P8 1.53.040 in Q1 - P8 1.53.424 in Q2 )
Richard Williams (P13 1.54.403 in Q1)
Patrick Huisman (P6)
Richard Williams (P19)
Final two rounds of the season on 31 October and 1 November on the new Formula 1 circuit in Abu Dhabi (UAE) on occasion of the 2009 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.