The changing weather has been the protagonist of this weekend full of contrasts for Racing Engineering in the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, in Belgium.
After the brilliant victory on Saturday Raffaele Marciello, and Stefano Coletti forced to retire after a spin, last Sunday’s race began with Lello starting at the eighth place and Stefano from the bottom of the group, in the position 24.
At the start of the race on Sunday, Lello lost one position and half of the first lap, a spin forced him to retreat to the back of the grid, but ended up in the 14th place. Meanwhile, Stefano made a sensational career in the first round, he jumped from 24 to 14 and was immediately gaining more positions on the next lap, an incredible comeback that allowed him to finish the race in seventh place, 3.3 seconds from Vandoorne.
The next round of the 2014 GP2 Series will take plece in two weeks in Monza and both Lello and Stefano will be back in the hunt for more race wins.
Thomas Couyotopoulo, Sporting Director of Racing Engineering: “Great recovery today from Stefano from 24th on the grid to 7th. The racing line was dry, but some parts of the circuit were still damp, which made it more complicated to overtake. But Stefano did a good job and showed the strong pace of our car throughout the race. Lello was fighting hard on the opening lap to be in a top spot, but after overtaking several cars right on Kemmel straight he arrived at corner 5 on the inside of Markelov, who didn’t leave him enough space to get by. Lello touched the wet curb and spun, which made him drop to the end of the field. He fought hard to make his way up to P14 again setting very fast lap times. Overall it is still disappointing to not have both cars scoring at the same time due to incidents on track. Pace in qualifying and races was good this weekend and we will again work hard to prepare the next event and hope to have a good points haul from both drivers.”
Rafaele Marciello: “Today’s race was a bit disappointing. I didn’t have a very good start, but was very fast through Eau Rouge passing two or three cars on the straight after that. But when I arrived at Les Combes, I was on the inside of Markelov, who closed the door on my bit too much and I spun. After that I had a good recovery from last position to P14. We were able to do better today, but it’s difficult to control it when others are slower.”
Stefano Coletti: “I didn’t have a really good start, but a very good first lap. I was immediately on the pace and the car was good so I was able to brake later than the others and pass them immediately and then I got into a nice rhythm. As I said my car was perfect to drive today and the team did a great job. I was really fast and able to make up positions and finish the race in 7th.”
Photo: Sam Bloxham