|Today’s Qualifying session was ultimately disappointing for Racing Engineering following an excellent Free Practice.
Conditions were dry for the morning 30 minute Free Practice session and Christian Vietoris was vying for fastest time from the start and it wasn’t long before the young German’s name was top of the timing sheets The Racing Engineering driver was then involved in a very tight battle with Series leader Grosjean and, although he had to settle for the second fastest time, Vietoris was just 0.06s behind the Frenchman at the finish.
Dani Clos was running just as competitively as his team-mate and he finished the session in an excellent 5th place less than half a second behind Vietoris.
With the predicted thunderstorms not arriving, the 30 minute Qualifying session was also held in warm and dry conditions and the Racing Engineering team were looking for a positive result after the Free Practice. However both Vietoris and Clos soon found that traffic on the circuit would cost them dearly.
The twisty Hungaroring circuit is not an easy place to overtake and it is vital for drivers to use their mirrors and not to block other drivers when on a slowing down lap.At the end of the session Vietoris finished 13th and Clos 18th but, as both men showed at the Nürburgring, a poor grid position does not mean a good race result is not possible and both men will be trying their hardest in tomorrow’s Feature Race.
Unfortunately it seemed as if every time Vietoris or Clos went for a fast lap they found themselves the victim of either heavy traffic or a driver not following the correct track etiquette.