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pic 05/07/15 Alexander Rossi fourth today in the Silverstone Sprint Race.

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Following yesterday’s Feature Race Alexander Rossi was starting from seventh on the reversed grid for today’s 21 lap Silverstone Sprint Race after his excellent second place finish. Jordan King was back in twenty second place after his last lap incident when he was pushed out of sixth place by Arthur Pic who was penalised for the incident after the race. It was much cooler than it had been for the last two days with air and track temperatures of 16° and 22° respectively. All the cars started on the Pirelli P Zero Orange hard compound tyres and the cooler weather making it harder to get them up to the required temperature.

Alexander made a good start and was able to pass Vandoorne into the first corner and then into Copse he was ahead of Yelloly and the American was now flying and on lap 2 he was up to 4th as he completed a marvellous pass around the outside of Lynn. The Racing Engineering car quickly closed the gap to Gasly but it was announced that he had been given a five second time penalty for exceeding the track limits when passing Lynn.

With seven laps remaining Alexander was 2.1 seconds behind Gasly but his time penalty meant he was effectively 7th. He continued to push as hard as he could over the closing laps and he was able to pull out a 5.6 second gap over Yelloly in 5th so the penalty did not affect his final position and, importantly, his Championship rival Vandoorne finished outside the points.

Jordan made a fantastic start passing Negrao, Stockinger, Markelov and Nato into the first corner and he was soon ahead of Negrao to lie in an amazing 14th position on lap four. The young Briton was now making incredible progress passing Visoiu on lap five and on lap eight he was ahead of Leal and then Cecotto in a fantastic out-braking manoeuvre into Woodcote to lie 11th. The next target for the Racing Engineering driver was de Jong who was 3.7 seconds ahead. On lap fourteen Jordan had closed the gap to de Jong to 1.6 seconds and on lap seventeen he passed the MP Motorsport car to move up to 10th but with a big gap of 5.7 seconds to Rowland in 9th and with not enough laps remaining he had to settle for 10th at the chequered flag.

It has been another strong weekend for the Racing Engineering team with both Alexander and Jordan showed tremendous race place once again in both races and one can only wonder where Jordan would have finished if he had not been robbed of his 6th place in yesterday’s race. The next round of the 2015 GP2 Series will be at the Hungaroring in three weeks’ time.
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Team Comments:

Thomas Couyotopoulo, Sporting Director of Racing Engineering: “A very good race from both drivers today. Obviously for Jordan starting from P22 it was a very difficult race, thankfully he did a great start gaining positions before the first corner. Then he had a really strong pace from the beginning to the chequered flag and he drove through the field making some strong moves without taking too many risks and he really deserved his final result, just behind Vandoorne in P10 despite the sad outcome yesterday following the impact with Pic and it is very good for him to show his pace.
Alexander started from 7th and once again he showed the car is quick and he is capable of making some good manoeuvres during the race and kept his tyres to the end. We had a five second penalty but in the end we managed to save it by pushing and opening out the gap to the following cars and finished in P4 and scored more points.
Overall it has been a positive weekend, thanks to all the team for a strong performance for both cars. The only disappointment was Jordan not scoring any points despite his strong showing in both events but hopefully he will continue in good shape and bring home more points in the next event.”


Jordan King: “My start was quite good, I got a couple of people off the line and I was attacking into Turns 2 and 3 and made some more place. After that my pace was really good and I was being told by my engineer to save my tyres a little for the end and I think we did a very good job to be able to run at that speed and still save the tyres. I overtook quite a few people into the last corner and then managed to get a few people into Brooklands and it felt good to come through the field that fast. I think the weekend was a little disappointing as I think we could have made the podium so it is a bit disheartening but actually we know we have done a very good job so going forward to Hungary I think we are in a very strong position, we know we have the pace to challenge for the win.”

Alexander Rossi:: “It was a very difficult race because it was hard to manage the tyres. The start was good and I got Vandoorne off the line and passed two cars into Copse. Then there was a five second penalty which I thought was a little harsh but that’s the way it was and we then had to manage the gap as best as we could to P5 to try and get it to five seconds at the end of the race which we did. Our tyre management through the middle of the race was very good which gave us tyres to fight with at the end. I feel very confident, this was our best race weekend and to have this after our worst weekend in Austria shows how we can bounce back and we need to continue riding this momentum into Budapest.”
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