First GP3 Series podium for Tech 1 Racing! On Sunday, the Tech 1 Racing team scored its first podium finish in the GP3 Series on the Hockenheim circuit in Germany, when Daniel Juncadella and Stefano Coletti finished second and third in the...
First GP3 Series podium for Tech 1 Racing!
On Sunday, the Tech 1 Racing team scored its first podium finish in the GP3 Series on the Hockenheim circuit in Germany, when Daniel Juncadella and Stefano Coletti finished second and third in the second race. This result is a well-deserved reward for all the work and effort invested by the whole team over the past few months. Its next aim is to score its maiden victory in the series.
No summer break for the GP3 Series with races following one another in quick succession in July! A few days after the Silverstone meeting, Simon and Sarah Abadie's team went to Hockenheim last weekend, and will head on to Budapest this coming one. "We've got a hectic programme this summer," laughs Simon, "but it's positive for everybody. It means that we're all 100% concentrated on the job, all the more so as we now have stability in our trio of drivers." Since Silverstone, Daniel Juncadella has joined Stefano Coletti and Doru Sechelariu. However, the Spaniard will not race in Budapest as he will be at Spa-Francorchamps for F3. For the remaining races the driver line-up will be the same as in Germany.
After a low-key weekend at Silverstone, Hockenheim got off to a better start for the French team. In free practice in the rain, the three Tech 1 Racing drivers laid down a marker with Sechelariu ninth, Coletti twelfth and Juncadella thirteenth. Qualifying took place on a damp track, which then began to dry out. "We were very quick in the rain and a little less so in greasy conditions," explained Simon Abadie. "Daniel did a good job by setting the seventh-best time, while Stefano and Doru had difficulty adapting to the changing conditions and finished in fourteenth and twenty-second places. It's a pity as they were both quick and could have qualified in the top ten."
The team made a few adjustments to the three cars before the first race, which was run in dry conditions. The opening laps were pretty hectic and this helped Coletti fight his way from fourteenth to eighth place. The Monegasque then improved to fifth where he finished. Juncadella got boxed in, and fell back to around fourteenth place before carving his way up to eighth. Sechelariu rounded the team's promising performance when he crossed the line in tenth place. "Three cars in the top ten and two in the points isn't too bad a day's work," analysed Adabie. "During this race our drivers were lapping in around the same times as the first three. This shows we made the right choice in terms of setup."
On Sunday, things went even better for Tech 1 Racing in the second race, a curtain-raiser to the F1 Grand Prix. Juncadella took advantage of the reversed grid and found himself on pole. He made the best start and held on to first place for most of the race. But a slight mistake in the closing stages cost him his lead, and he saw the flag in second position giving Tech 1 Racing its first podium in the GP3 Series - a double podium in fact, as Coletti came home third. Sechelariu lost all chances of a good result as he was involved in a collision. Nonetheless, he managed to finish eighteenth.
Thanks to this very positive weekend and harvest of points, Tech 1 Racing has moved up to fifth place in the teams' rankings. "Our first podium is a great reward for everybody - we needed it! Launching a project like GP3 requires a lot of effort, and today our work has borne fruit. This result and our overall level of performance show that we're on the pace. It's the first stage. Now, our aim is to win at least one race before the end of the season, as well as keeping our fifth place in the teams' championship.
"But we mustn't get carried away! It's a hotly-contested series and the hierarchy changes at each race. We've got what it takes to win, but to do that we've got to line up all the ducks in the right order as there are many victory contenders," concluded Simon.
The next round of the GP3 Series Championship takes place on the Hungaroring circuit in Hungary, on which Tech 1 Racing shone a few weeks back in the World Series by Renault.
-source: tech 1