SILVERSTONE: TWO PODIUM POSITIONS FOR TUDOR'S KONRAD MOTORSPORT All drivers were very excited to get to Silverstone's newly refurbished track this weekend, two weeks after the difficult Valencia Grand Prix. Significant changes have been made to...
SILVERSTONE: TWO PODIUM POSITIONS FOR TUDOR'S KONRAD MOTORSPORT
All drivers were very excited to get to Silverstone's newly refurbished track this weekend, two weeks after the difficult Valencia Grand Prix. Significant changes have been made to the track this year, aiming to improve the spectator experience without eliminating facilities at this historic venue, host of the 1950 inaugural round of the Formula One World Championship. The new layout is approximately 800 metres longer than the 2009 version of the track and the most extensive revisions have been made between Club corner and Brooklands.
The weather smiled on this 18-corner, 5.901 kilometre track with sunshine all weekend. British rookie Nicholas Tandy won the race, followed by German driver Rene Rast (Al Faisal Lechner Racing) in 2nd and Patrick Huisman in 3rd, giving Konrad Motorsports both the 1st and 3rd step of the Silverstone podium.
Race winner Nicholas Tandy said: "I am very pleased to win this race in front of home crowds on the historic Silverstone circuit. I fulfilled my dream of a first victory in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup on a home track and this is a great feeling as the crowd is so special here. On top of that, this win also gives me some good points in the overall standing."
On how he won the race, Tandy said he made the most of his pole position and was able to keep Rast behind him in the first corner. "My car was perfect and I managed one fastest race lap after another and managed to stay away from the rest of the field. It was a great race and the Konrad team was very quick with the advantage of fresh tyres today. I like it here in Silverstone!"
2nd place finisher Rene Rast was pleased with his result, but admits that his finish was far from easy. "That was hard work between the two strong Konrad cars. I tried to get past at the start and was pushing seriously, trying to get Tandy to make a mistake. Of course he didn't make any, which is quite normal on a home circuit with fresh tyres." Rast's finishing position does give him good points in the overall standing of the Championship, which he is currently leading. "I'm already thinking about the next race in Hockenheim," Rast admits. "I know the track well and I like it. In the second half of the season we should be pretty strong and I can't wait to be in Spa, Budapest and Monza."
The 3rd place finisher and Tudor car driver, Patrick Huisman (NED), was pushed to new limits the whole weekend, trying to find the balance in his newly rebuilt car. The balance did not quite fit Huisman's driving style even if the car still performed well overall. Huisman made good progress throughout the weekend qualifying in P7 with 2:05.654, before making his way up the ranks during racing to finish in 3rd place on the podium.
Huisman said, "With the team we worked immensely to match the balance of the car to my driving style and I want to thank the team for modifying the car as per my expectations. It is a good result to finish on the podium again, even though this means I can no longer fight for a decent overall position on the driver's front any longer this season."
"Overall it was a tough working weekend," Huisman continued. "In the first part of the weekend, I was happy with the car but disappointed with my results and performance because I was a bit conservative in my approach. Sometimes it is not a bad thing to be on the safe side and for instance this gave us an advantage: we had kept fresh tyres for the race, which went exactly as per our expectations. My start was good and in spite of a tough first two laps, where I had a minor collision which luckily had no consequences, I still made up a couple of places. Towards the end my lap times improved and all of a sudden third place was within reach. The end result was good: we held the race pace over the distance and this is what counts. It's great for the team that I also made it to the podium. In addition, I really like the improvements on the track and the first half with those last two corners is very special."