21.07.2010: With Silverstone being the latest venue for the 2010 GP2 Series and everyone heading towards the Hockenheimring in Germany, this season's halfway mark has been passed. Spanish team Racing Engineering is currently fourth in the teams’ standings and Spaniar
With Silverstone being the latest venue for the 2010 GP2 Series and everyone heading towards the Hockenheimring in Germany, this season's halfway mark has been passed. Spanish team Racing Engineering is currently fourth in the teams’ standings and Spaniard Dani Clos second in the drivers’ championship.
We are looking at the first half of the season and talk about the expectations for the forthcoming races, with Alfonso de Orleáns–Borbón, president of the Spanish formation.
Alfonso, half of the season is over and the Racing Engineering drivers have faced different luck so far. How do you view the current situation of the team, and how does it compare to the initial objectives for the season?
We have always had a rookie in the team with an experienced driver. So no surprise here for us. Although I think in the team championship we would be doing a lot better if Christian would have had better luck until now. It's a pity, since he is a very talented driver.
Dani Clos has achieved a victory and several podiums, and is currently second in the drivers’ standings, 19 points behind GP2 veteran Pastor Maldonado. Can you tell us your opinion on Dani’s progression this season, and how has he changed from last year?
I think he could lead the championship if he could be a bit more aggressive. His speed and consistency are impressive. Probably the driver who uses his head the most when out there. Now he just needs to challenge for the lead at every race.
Podium finishes, although fantastic, but not good enough anymore if he wants to win a championship, but I am sure he can do it. He has completely changed as a driver, and as a person from last year. We all knew he was talented, but he just needed to put it all together, which he has done magnificently.
Christian Vietoris has had more than his fair share of bad luck, especially when it came to technical gremlins outside the team’s influence. How did this affect the team, but also him as a driver?
Well, I have to say that Christian has had tremendous bad luck with problems that had been out of our hands, which makes it all the more frustrating. He is a driver that could easily be in the top three, but sadly isn't.
But all that is behind us and he is going to have a great second half of the season. He is extremely motivated since he knows he has tremendous talent to get great results. So mentally, he is ready for a great second half of the season.
Christian Vietoris was able to get back into the pace at Silverstone and, although the results in the races were not as great as expected, it became clear that points and podiums are within his reach. Did this return some confidence to him?
Well, he has always been very confident, although frustrated by the setbacks. So his confidence showed in Silverstone. This means that the second half of the season will really show what he is capable of.
Don't forget, all the tracks he has raced on this season until now, he did not know. Which makes it all the more difficult for him. But starting in Hockemheim, that will all change.
Racing Engineering is currently fourth in the teams’ standings. Due to several problems experienced by Chris, which were out of the team’s hands, the majority of the points came from only one of the team’s drivers. Are you hoping to be able to reverse this situation for the second half of the championship, so you can bring yourselves back into contention for the teams’ title?
Of course, this has to be our goal, although not our primary goal, since first of all, the drivers have to be in the top places of the championship. If this then puts us in the top spot, so be it.
On the other hand, as second in the championship standings, Dani Clos is the main rival for Maldonado in the drivers’ championship. Is there a strategy for the rest of the season, so Dani can challenge the Venezuelan for the title?
Dani should just keep doing what he has been all season, only now with a bit more aggression to push for wins, not just podiums. He has the talent, speed and consistency to beat an old timer with many years more experience.
Next round is Hockenheim, a mythical track that went through some profound changes a few years ago. What are Racing Engineering’s objectives for this race weekend, which also happens to be Chris’ home event?
Well, to start with, we are aiming for a win for either driver in the two races. Dani has been up there all season and has already had a win, so no reason he can't do it again. As for Christian, he is finally driving on the first track of the season he has previously raced...and won on. So I think we will have a good weekend.
Don't forget, the mechanics and engineers have been doing a great job, which has lead us to a flawless season once again on the technical side.
Racing Engineering had another strong day at Silverstone, where the fifth sprint race of the season took place this morning.
Dani Clos scored yet another podium, the second of the weekend, by finishing third. After a magnificent start and a race always on the attack, weiter >>
Racing Engineering’s Dani Clos is heading to Silverstone, where the fifth round of the 2010 GP2 Series is taking place this weekend, being second in the championship standings. However, the young Spaniard is not looking back at the great results he achieved so far this season. He regards each new race weekend to come as a new challenge on his task list, where things start from zero after weiter >>
Racing Engineering had a difficult day at the Valencia Street Circuit today, where despite all the efforts made by the whole team, no points were scored. Dani Clos, who started in fourth position, finished in seventh place, whilst Christian Vietoris had to retire after colliding during the first lap of the race. Sunday’s sprint race at the Valencia Street Circuit started with weiter >>
Racing Engineering’s Dani Clos, starting from 11th position on the grid, had a great recovery in an action-packed race at the Valencia Street Circuit today. Quick overtaking maneuvers during the opening laps, a very fast pit stop and intelligent driving were the ingredients necessary for the Spaniard to finish the race in 5th position. Team mate Christian Vietoris was having a good race, weiter >>
Racing Engineering had an eventful day in Valencia today. Christian Vietoris, who never raced at the Valencia Street Circuit before, finished today’s qualifying session in eighth place after battling traffic all session long, whilst Dani Clos, who was unable to run in the morning practice session because of an electrical problem, was eleventh fastest. Both Racing Engineering drivers are t weiter >>
Racing Engineering achieved the team’s first win of the season in today’s sprint race at Istanbul Park. Dani Clos climbed onto the top spot of the podium for the first time in GP2. The Spanish driver, who started from pole, had a trouble free race to achi weiter >>
Racing Engineering had a challenging feature race at Istanbul Park today, where high temperatures made tyre management the crucial point. Dani Clos, who started seventh on the grid, suffered from excessive tyre wear and struggled to eighth position, whilst Christian Vietoris, starting from eleventh position, finished seventh and scored his first points of the 2010 GP2 Series. The Racing Enginee weiter >>
Racing Engineering had an intense day at Istanbul Park, where Dani Clos qualified in seventh position on the grid for tomorrow’s feature race, after encountering traffic and yellow flags during his best runs, whilst rookie Christian Vietoris qualified in eleventh position after suffering from engine problems during both Friday sessions.Hot and humid conditions welcomed the GP2 weiter >>
Racing Engineering had no luck in today’s sprint race in Monaco. Christian Vietoris was unable to start the race due to a problem with his engine, whilst Dani Clos, who finished on the podium yesterday, had to retire after an accident.Cloudy but dry weather conditions welcomed the GP2 field today for the sprint race which, due to the unusual Monaco timetable, took place in the weiter >>
Racing Engineering’s Spanish driver Dani Clos finished third today in the feature race in Monaco, round 2 of the 2010 GP2 season. German driver Christian Vietoris, who startes from eighth position on the grid, managed to finish 14th, after a difficult race in which he had to start from the pit lane.Cool temperatures and a cloudy sky with a timid sunshine welcomed the GP2 drive weiter >>
Racing Engineering’s Dani Clos achieved a brilliant pole position under difficult conditions in today's qualifying session in Monaco. After an intense battle Pérez and Maldonado on a wet track, Dani snatched his first pole position in GP2. Christian Vietoris, having encountered traffic during his flying lap, finished in a commendable ninth place after his first day ever at the pres weiter >>
The GP2 teams had only three days time to travel from Barcelona to Monaco and prepare the cars for the legendary street circuit of the Principality at the Côte d’Azur. Racing Engineering, after scoring in both races of the opening round of this year’s GP2 championship, hopes to carry on with its strong performance in Monte Carlo.
Racing Engineering had a tricky day in the sprint race at Barcelona, on the first weekend of the 2010 GP2 season. Local hero Dani Clos, who started sixth, scored a point after an intelligent race, whilst rookie Christian Vietoris, who started on the last row, finished in 18th position, after a complicated race.
Spanish team Racing Engineering had a tremendous start to the 2010 GP2 season in Barcelona today. Local driver Dani Clos, who started from 7th position on the grid, took third place in the feature race. German rookie Christian Vietoris, who started fourth and had high hopes for the race, had to retire after an incident at the first corner.
Racing Engineering started the 2010 GP2 season on a very good note, after a satisfactory qualifying session in Barcelona. Christian Vietoris achieved the fourth position overall, making his GP2 debut from the second row of the grid. Teammate Dani Clos finished the qualifying session in seventh position, thus underlining Racing Engineering’s excellent form during the first qualifying sessi weiter >>
Racing Engineering’s Christian Vietoris is looking forward to the 2010 GP2 season to start. The German rookie will make his GP2 debut with the Spanish outfit this weekend in Barcelona. Showing his competitiveness during the pre-season testing, he is facing this new challenge in this career with clearly defined goals and a lot of determination.Christian, the f weiter >>
Racing Engineering wrapped up the last day of pre-season testing in Barcelona with an excellent show of authority. Just a month ahead of the start of the 2010 GP2 season at the Spanish track. Both Racing Engineering drivers convinced with their consistent performance. German newcomer Christian Vietoris confirmed his ascending form during these three test days weiter >>
Both Racing Engineering drivers took up their duties at Barcelona for the second of three test days at the Spanish circuit. Like yesterday, the weather conditions were not ideal and low temperatures characteristic for the day. Racing Engineering’s rookie Christian Vietoris, had yet another strong day, running in top positions during the entire morning session and realizing a lot of produc weiter >>
Racing Engineering had a positive and busy day in Barcelona, on the first of three days of what will be the second and last pre-season test before the 2010 GP2 season starts. Under changing weather conditions, German rookie Christian Vietoris showed a very strong performance, running in top positions during the entire day and finishing the morning as well as the afternoon session in third place weiter >>
Alfonso de Orleans - Borbón, president of Racing Engineering, awaits the start of the 2010 GP2 season with both titles as a targets. Ahead of the final pre-season tests, having kept Dani Clos for a second year and with the addition of the promising young German driver Christian Vietoris, Racing Engineering is working very hard in getting prepared for a season in which they will be one of weiter >>
Racing Engineering enjoyed another positive and constructive today on the third and final day of pre-season testing at Paul Ricard. German rookie Christian Vietoris, very convincing during the previous two days at the French track, had another strong performance finishing the morning session in third and the afternoon session in fourth position. Team mate Dani Clos, focusing on set up work, was weiter >>
Racing Engineering enjoyed a positive second day of testing at Paul Ricard today. Dani Clos convinced with his consistency, having finished the morning session in 1st and the afternoon session in 2nd position. Team mate Christian Vietoris clocked the 5th fastest time in the morning and only a technical gremlin could keep him from setting yet another competitive lap time during the afternoon. weiter >>
Racing Engineering had a positive and uneventful test day at the French track of Paul Ricard, the first of six pre-season test days before the 2010 GP2 season starts in Barcelona. Dani Clos and Christian Vietoris, official drivers for the Spanish team, both made steady progress during the day in their respective testing programs and look back onto a productive day, where important insight weiter >>
Spanish GP2 team Racing Engineering is pleased to announce that Dani Clos and Christian Vietoris will be their official drivers for the 2010 GP2 Series.
For the Spaniard this will be his second season in GP2 with Racing Engineering. Although 2009 was a learnin weiter >>
Final test day of the 2009 season for the Fat Burner Racing Engineering Team at the Paul Ricard Circuit with drivers Sam Bird and Jérôme d'Ambrosio. The Englishman enjoyed a very positive test day with the Spanish Team weiter >>
Eventful second day of testing for Fat Burner Racing Engineering at the Paul Ricard Circuit where Spanish driver Roldán Rodríguez saw his day hampered by a problem with his car's engine. Frenchman Charles Pic had a day of steady progress.After yesterday's problems with the car driven by Christian Vietoris, the team worked until late night to change weiter >>
First test day of the week for Fat Burner Racing Engineering at the Paul Ricard Circuit where Swiss driver Fabio Leimer and German Christian Vietoris were at the wheel of the Spanish team's cars. Both drivers set very good times and ran at a competitive pace throughout the day, though Vietoris suffered a little glitch on his car's engine during the afternoon session.After three days weiter >>
Fat Burner Racing Engineering confirms today that a total of six drivers will test for the Spanish team during the collective GP2 tests which will take place next week at the Paul Ricard Circuit in France.
This will be the second opportunity for the Fat Bur weiter >>
Eventful third and last day of GP2 tests at the Circuito de Jerez, where Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers Dani Clos and Jérôme d'Ambrosio were always in the top places of both the morning and afternoon session weiter >>
Fat Burner Racing Engineering is pleased to announce that Diego Nunes, Roldán Rodríguez, Kamui Kobayashi, Sten Pentus, Jérôme D'Ambrosio and Dani Clos will test for the Andalusian team during the upcoming GP2 tests at the Circuito de Jerez in Southern Spain.
Fat Burner Racing Engineering finished the 2009 GP2 season on a high after its driver Dani Clos, finished third in today's sprint race at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. Lucas id Grassi, on the other hand, had the misfortune of being handed a drive through at the beginning of the race which ended his chances to score another great result.
The Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers had to endure very different outcomes at today's feature race at the Autodromo do Algarve. Lucas Di Grassi gave another podium to the Spanish team, after finishing third, while Dani Clos had to settle for eleventh.After weiter >>
This afternoon, Fat Burner Racing Engineering driver Dani Clos obtained his best qualifying result so far in a GP2 qualifying session at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve. The Spaniard qualified in second place at the Portuguese track while his teammate Lucas Di Grassi finished fourth.The last meeting of the 2009 GP2 season kicked off this morning at the Autodromo Internacional weiter >>
Today's GP2 sprint race at the Autodromo di Monza left a bittersweet feeling within the Spanish Fat Burner Racing Engineering Team. While Lucas Di Grassi scored yet another podium after starting from sixth on the grid, Dani Clos was left out of the event after being hit by another driver on lap 1.
Against all odds, and after a great drive from beginning to end in today's GP2 feature race at the Autodromo di Monza, Fat Burner Racing Engineering's Lucas di Grassi scored another podium for the Spanish team this afternoon. His teammate Dani Clos, on the other hand, finished 15th after suffering an engine problem from the very beginning of the race on. weiter >>
Despite a streak of bad luck during the last two GP2 meetings, which resulted in a 10-place grid penalty applied at Saturday's feature race in Italy, Dani Clos returns to Monza this weekend being optimistic. The Fat Burner Racin weiter >>
Fat Burner Racing Engineering's Lucas Di Grassi looks back onto the eventful weekend in Spa-Francorchamps. After scoring a podium during Saturday's feature race, his plans to fight for another good result on Sunday came to an end ear weiter >>
Today, another eventful GP2 race took place at the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit. However, unlike yesterday, both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers, Lucas Di Grassi and Dani Clos, were unable to stay away from trouble and had to retire early in the race due to accidents.
Aft weiter >>
Eventful GP2 race today at the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit where both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers, Lucas Di Grassi and Dani Clos, managed to keep out of trouble to finish in third and tenth place.The start of the feature race had to wait a little longer than expected after Dani's car stalled on the grid. After the weiter >>
When things are not meant to be, there is nothing one can do. And this is precisely what happened to the Fat Burner Racing Engineering Team this weekend at the Valencia Street Circuit.
The weekend in Valencia will be one to forget as soon as possible for the Fat Burner Racing En weiter >>
Today's feature race at the Valencia Street Circuit left a very disappointing feeling within the ranks of the Fat Burner Racing Engineering Team. After their good performance during Friday's qualifying session, neither Lucas Di Grassi, nor Dani Clos, were able to finish the race.
GP2 returned to action today at the Valencia Street Circuit, where Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers, Lucas Di Grassi and Dani Clos, showed once again a great qualifying pace, finishing the session in third and seventh place.After the three weeks break, the Fat Burner Racing Engineering Team arrived in Valencia with its mind set on scoring the best poss weiter >>
Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers, Lucas Di Grassi and Dani Clos, will be at El Corte Inglés in Valencia on August 20th for an autograph signing session for all fans of the Spanish team and it's drivers.On th weiter >>
Lucas Di Grassi completed a great weekend for the Fat Burner Racing Engineering team at the Hungaroring, where after Saturday's second place, today he made it to the podium once again. Spanish Dani Clos was 11th.
The GP2 sprint race in Hungary star weiter >>
Bittersweet results for both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers in today's GP2 feature race at the
Hungaroring, where Lucas Di Grassi finished in second place and Dani Clos crossed the line in eleventh. The first race of the sixth round weiter >>
Fat Burner Racing Engineering driver Lucas Di Grassi captured his first pole position of the 2009 GP2 season this afternoon at the Hungaroring. Team mate Dani Clos qualified 13th in an eventful session, which was red flagged short weiter >>
Fat Burner Racing Engineering is looking forward to the sixth round of the 2009 GP2 Championship taking place this weekend at the Hungaroring, close to the Hungarian capital Budapest. The team's president, Alfonso de Orleáns-Borbón, looks back onto the first half of the season, but also shares his thoughts about the upcoming events.
Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers, Dani Clos and Lucas Di Grassi, are leaving the Nürburgring with mixed emotions after today's sprint race. While the Spanish driver showed great pace and competitiveness to finish in eight place, his team-mate did not even make it to the first corner after being hit by Petrov at the start.