Tech 1 Racing’s aim when the team arrived in Great Britain was to transform the opportunities created at Monza into concrete results. Max Fewtrell dominated the rookie classification twice with two top-5 times in practice. Gabriel Aubry and Thomas Maxwell also broke into the top 10, while Thomas Neubauer had a difficult start with the rain, red flags and back problems.
On Saturday Fewtrell continued the good work and was third quickest in his group. The Renault Sport Academy protégé beat his team-mates and was in the mix for the podium. Although he finally finished fourth his reward was victory in the rookie category. Aubry was tenth on the grid and gained two places to finish eighth. Maxwell made a great comeback overtaking half the field, but was hit with a penalty. Neubauer took advantage of every opportunity and pulled back seven places.
On Sunday Aubry was the fastest of the Toulouse outfit’s four drivers, but his race came to an abrupt end with an off. Fewtrell set off in 10th place and finished just shy of the podium. Maxwell put on another stunning charge up though the field passing nine cars and scored points for the second time this season. Neubauer also overtook as many rivals but failed to clinch a top-10 finish.
In the overall classification Fewtrell is lying fourth and first of the rookies as well as leading Tech 1 Racing’s charge. In the team’s ratings the outfit from Toulouse has moved up a place and is now second.
“Max Fewtrell enjoyed a solid weekend finishing twice just shy of the podium,” said Simon Abadie, the Tech 1 Racing team manager. “After missing out on pole by two-tenths-of-a-second on Saturday he drove a superb race in which he demonstrated his offensive qualities. If he didn’t do quite as well in Q2 in special conditions, he was again very quick fighting his way up to the leaders and putting extreme pressure on the driver in third place. He’s now fourth in the championship and in the paddock he’s considered as a serious threat after such a stunning start to the season. We can’t wait to reinforce our relationship to speed up this dynamic!
“In parallel, it was a weekend to forget for Gabriel Aubry. Some small details cost us dearly in qualifying and the two winners were quicker over the meeting as a whole. Nonetheless Gabriel never gave up as he fought his way back on a circuit where overtaking’s difficult. On Sunday he got his race off to a good start, but he made a mistake when trying to avoid going off and he finished in the wall. It’s a pity to lose big points as we had the speed, but the main thing is that he’s all right. But I’m not too worried about Gabriel. We’re going to put things right when we arrive at circuits that are more favourable to us.
“Thomas Maxwell again showed stunning pace as illustrated by his superb fightbacks in the two races. His Saturday was a day to forget as his laps in Q1 were cancelled because he exceeded track limits, and then he was given a penalty in a duel with a rival which annihilated all his hard work in the race. Despite particular conditions he again put on a great performance and we’re going to continue working on qualifying together to make the most of his strong points.
“As for Thomas Neubauer he had a more difficult weekend. On Thursday he wasn’t able to run in the dry because of a back problem and the next day it rained. It was dry again on Saturday but it’s always difficult to tackle a meeting like Silverstone in such circumstances. We did all we could to provide him with the best conditions, and it bore fruit with a good performance on Sunday as he was able to string his race together with a great comeback and more progress compared to Monza.
“Given our speed in the races the weekend’s result is a bit frustrating,” summed up Abadie. “We’ve got the pace. We just have to work together to solve the little niggles that have handicapped our performance in qualifying before we tackle Pau and Monaco, circuits that the team is particularly fond of as we’ve won there on a regular basis - almost every year!”
At the end of this coming week the Formula Renault Eurocup will race in the streets of Pau where Tech 1 Racing scored five victories between 2011 and 2015.
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