No reason why we cannot aim for a double podium in both races..."
Round five of the 2014 GP2 Series sees the GP2 teams head to the “Home of British Motor Racing”, the historic venue of Silverstone. The former airfield first hosted the British GP in 1949 and in 1950 this race became the first ever World Championship Grand Prix. Although the circuit has undergone many changes over the years the current 5.891km layout is very popular with both drivers and spectators alike.
Below Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón, the president of Racing Engineering, looks back to Austria and forward to Silverstone.
Austria was a very successful weekend for Racing Engineering, especially given the fact that none of teams had any reference to the track as GP2 raced there for the first time. This must have been quite rewarding?
It is a quite short and technical track, but our preparations have paid off since we all started on the same level for the weekend. I think Lello could have had Pole Position, but was hindered by a driver on the last corner, it happens. Stefano could have won on Saturday, but was denied red by a back marker and lost precious time before the pit stop, although he did get the fastest lap on Sunday to make up for it. Both had podiums. So, in reality, apart from some bad luck, we were the fastest team all weekend, quite satisfying. The team did a very good job and the drivers were very, very quick.
The Racing Engineering drivers weren’t too lucky during the first three rounds of the season, but do you think that Austria is the turning point?
We have always been among the fastest during the whole season, but some bad luck plagued us from the start, so now we have some serious catching up to do. In regards to how we work and setups, we will pretty much continue doing what we have done until now. No need to change anything since it obviously works. Let's just hope drivers avoid crashing into us from now on.
This week the GP2 cars will race at Silverstone, a track Racing Engineering has always achieved good results at. What makes the track suit Racing Engineering’s cars so well?
It’s a secret, I cannot tell you. Let's just hope that if ever a safety car is deployed, it is done in front of the leader, not after him...
What are your thoughts and expectations ahead of the British GP? Could we expect Lello and Stefano on the podium again?
Absolutely, we have the cars and they have the talent to do it. No reason why we cannot aim for a double podium in both races. Although keep in mind that the Silverstone track does throw us some nice surprises sometimes, so it won't be boring.