SEVENTH FOR QUAIFE-HOBBS IN HUNGARY British racer Adrian Quaife-Hobbs took seventh place in the second of two races at the Hungarian Grand Prix round of GP3 at the weekend, underlining his continuing pace in the series. Testing for the event ...
SEVENTH FOR QUAIFE-HOBBS IN HUNGARY
British racer Adrian Quaife-Hobbs took seventh place in the second of two races at the Hungarian Grand Prix round of GP3 at the weekend, underlining his continuing pace in the series. Testing for the event once again took place on Friday and despite a few balance problems Adrian wound up seventh fastest of the 30 runners.
His performance got the weekend off to a good start leaving the Tonbridge driver confident of a good result in the two races. Come qualifying on Saturday morning, Adrian was consistently in the top three and pitted for new tyres whilst in third place.
His first lap after switching to fresh rubber resulted in the tenth fastest time, however on his first flying lap he was third quickest and with the fastest time in the first and second sectors was on for pole until the yellow flag was thrown. The flag stayed out for six laps ending his chances and he eventually wound up 12th.
Race one kicked off late on Saturday and a good start allowed him to move up the order. However a close-fought battle with Alexander Rossi forced them both to brake late and run wide off the track, dropping him back to 15th. Adrian recovered though and enjoyed another challenge for position with Pal Varhaug, eventually getting the place on lap ten to move into 13th place.
A last lap pass on Felipe Guimaraes at the chicane allowed him into 12th place where he finished, and with a rapid race pace that saw him match the pace of the third placed driver. This would ensure he would start from that position for race two on Sunday morning.
At the lights, another good getaway allowed Adrian to make up four places at the start. A fairly uneventful race followed with Adrian maintaining the place until the lap 13 retirement of third-placed Josef Newgarden promoted Adrian to seventh.
"The weekend was not too bad for us, testing was OK, we had a few balance issues but it was a good start to the weekend," said Adrian. "In qualifying we were consistently in the top three and pitted for new tyres whilst third.
"My next flying lap I had purple sectors (quickest overall) in the first and second but then the yellow flag came out and I had to slow. The yellow flag stayed out for six laps and effectively ended my chances as by then the tyres were past their best.
"In the opening race I had a good start and was battling with (Alexander) Rossi but we both braked too late and as I was on the outside I was pushed out wide. I had another good battle with (Pal) Varhaug later in the race and despite the battles was still able to get the third fastest time.
"Race two was pretty uneventful, a good start and then maintained position until the final lap when I moved up to seventh. Overall though it was another good weekend although once again the flags played a crucial role in qualifying. Our pace is there though although we struggled slightly again on the soft compound rubber. It will be back to the mid-compound for Spa, which suits us better, so hopefully we can have a good result next time out."
Adrian will return to race action after a month's break, to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, over the weekend of 28/29 August.