N.TECHNOLOGY ALFA ROMEO HINDERED IN QUALIFYING The search for slip-stream was vital at Monza Larger teams benefited in today's FIA World Touring Car Championship qualifying at the ultra-fast Monza circuit, with team-mates bunching up to get...
N.TECHNOLOGY ALFA ROMEO HINDERED IN QUALIFYING
The search for slip-stream was vital at Monza
Larger teams benefited in today's FIA World Touring Car Championship qualifying at the ultra-fast Monza circuit, with team-mates bunching up to get the slip-stream advantage and two-car N.Technology losing out.
The tow-effect was essential at the Italian track, accounting for up to a second a lap, and both James Thompson, who qualified eighth, and Olivier Tielemans, who qualified 17th, commented on the difficultly of finding the right moment on the crowded circuit.
The result was that six-car SEAT Sport locked out first, second and third on the grid for tomorrow's first race. N.Technology has not renounced the challenge, however, banking on the Alfa Romeo 156's superior aerodynamics to give them the overtaking edge in tomorrow's racing.
Earlier in the day, N.Technolgy Alfa Romeo had been quickest in the day's second free practice session and has won WTCC races here for every year the championship has visited.
Thompson qualified 8th at Monza today
James Thompson, car number 15
"The problem is, although our car is very fast, we lost performance because we had to do the lap alone. Getting a tow makes all the difference on these high-speed tracks; you gain so much so the more cars you have in the team the better here.
"Tomorrow, it's going to be very tough into the first chicane from eighth place because you have people braking in front of you and trying to get past from behind. We'll see what happens."
Olivier Tielemans, car number 16
"The traffic was terrible. I had so many people behind me and they were all pushing me and taking off my concentration.
"On this track, it's very quick but if you get slip stream it gives you so much more speed. If you have people behind you they are getting your slip stream.
"Tomorrow I'm in 17th, which is very bad compared to this morning when I was fifth in free practice."