Thomas Couyotopoulo, Sporting Director of Racing Engineering: “As expected today's race has been quite interesting with different strategies used by the different teams and drivers and again, there were big differences in pace during the last 5 laps. Fabio managed to finish in P4, a tenth of a second away from the podium. It is positive because we scored points but it is not enough, the pace could have been better during the first half of the race and we will continue to work hard to achieve even better than that, the aim is to fight for podium and wins.
On the other hand, Julian had a really good pace throughout the race but made two mistakes that kept him out of the points, a spin at the restart and then a drive through penalty for exceeding track limits. It is a shame as it was possible to score points with Julian as well and then start further up in race 2.
Tomorrow's race will be another challenge and many things can happen as the drivers won't all start with the same tyre strategy.”
Fabio Leimer: “The start was OK given the fact that I started on the hard compound. I was able to keep 6th position and after that the race was not too eventful for me as I mainly concentrated on saving the tyres. When I saw that those who had already pitted were setting much faster lap times, we decided to change tyres as well. Towards the end of the race I was able to attack and passed some drivers. In the last corner, when Coletti, Frijns and Richelmi came together, I could take advantage of better traction and crossed the finish line in 4th; it was really, really close.”
Julián Leal: “At the start I had to be very careful as Quaife-Hobbs and Ceccon came together. I had to lift my foot off the accelerator to avoid the scene of the accident. The car very good then and I immediately overtook Berthon and Abt. I was then behind Trummer and in turn 8 and 9 I tried to push to pass him, but I was too close, went straight and spun. Even though my tyres suffered from this, I had a really good rhythm and set the same lap times as the front runners. But then a drive-through took away my chances to finish the race in a much better position.”
Race 2: Sun 07 Jul 2013, 10:30 (GMT+2)