|Following on from the pole position in Qualifying and victory by Christian Vietoris in Spa’s Feature Race, Racing Engineering are looking for more success at Monza this weekend.
The 2011 GP2 season reaches its final weekend at the historic venue of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy. This exciting 5.793km circuit, built nearly ninety years ago, has been the venue of the Italian Grand Prix for every race since 1922. Famed for its long straights and legendary high speed corners such as the Curva Parabolica, Curva di Lesmo and Variante Ascari, Monza has been the site of some of the closest finishes in the history of Grand Prix racing.
Both Germany’s Christian Vietoris and Spain’s Dani Clos will be looking forward to finishing the season on a high and move further up the final Championship table. Vietoris has a good record at Monza winning the 2010 Sprint Race and, with his victory at Spa two weeks ago, he is a strong favourite for another win. Dani Clos was very much on the pace at Spa with point scoring finishes in both races and he too will be looking for a win to finish off his 2011 season.
For Monza Pirelli will be using their hard compound slicks as the high speeds and heavy braking that the circuit demands means that tyres will be put under a lot of strain. As ever set-up is critical for a competitive chassis as the nature of the circuit requires a low drag set-up but good traction, braking and stability are also important, Racing Engineering’s experience should ensure that both Vietoris and Clos will have cars capable of winning.
Below Christian Vietoris looks forward to racing at Monza:
Christian, the last GP2 race event in Spa was a really good weekend for you with pole position, the win of the feature race and also fastest lap in the race. You must have really enjoyed the Belgian round, no?
Yes, definitely. It was real fun although the conditions were not making it easy. The Belgian weekend was so far our best weekend. After a difficult start into the season, it is nice to finish it on a high level.
This weekend we have the last of the 2011 GP2 season's races in Monza, where you won last year. What can be expected from this weekend?
It is our goal to score more points, and also to defend our third position in the teams' championship.
What would you regard as the specialties of the Monza circuit? Do you like the track and what are its main challenges?
The Autodromo di Monza is one of the race tracks with a long history in motorsports. There is a very special ambience there and for the drivers it's fun to drive in Monza with the car so specially prepared for this circuit.
With the new GP2 car and the Pirelli tyres, do you expect any major differences compared to last season?I hope not.