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Strong Start For Fr35 Team In Monaco
Posted by: newsla on May 23, 2013 - 06:47 AM
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Strong Start For Fr35 Team In Monaco


The Formula Renault 3.5 drivers opened track action for the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix this morning, as Jazeman Jaafar and Carlos Huertas were amongst those drivers taking part in the FR3.5 practice session. Both drivers made good progress, with Jaafar looking impressive on his Monaco debut topping the time sheets for much of the session and finishing in the top seven. Team mate Huertas struggled to get a clear lap free from traffic but nevertheless finished p11.

 

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Despite some stormy weather yesterday evening and overnight, conditions were dry and warm for FR3.5 practice early this morning. With the winding street circuit typically greasy for the opening session, conditions were tricky for the FR3.5 drivers.
Despite it being his first visit to the challenging track, Monaco debutant Jaafar showed his preparations had paid off as he built up the pace and was quickly amongst the front runners.

Jaafar improved again as he got to grips with the track and was soon P1, and was still second quickest when he and Huertas came in the pits for new rubber. Back out on circuit Jaafar made the most of his new tyres and went quickest again, while Huertas improved to tenth. As always traffic was a factor around the winding street circuit, with Huertas struggling to get another flying lap in the bag. A three car incident at Ste Devote brought the session to a close a few minutes early, with Jaafar finishing seventh, while Huertas was 11th.

Reflecting on his session Jaafar said, “It’s a good start. The car felt good, we had a little bit of understeer which we’ll work on between now and qualifying. My time on the simulator really helped although the track was much more bumpy than I’d expected and there was very little grip. I’m pleased that we were on the pace, but there’s plenty of work to do before qualifying.”

Team mate Huertas added, “The track was very dirty, but the main issue today was traffic. Trying to get a clear lap was almost impossible so it was hard to see what pace we really had on the new tyres. Overall we seem to be in good shape but of course it all depends on qualifying on Saturday.”

Trevor Carlin was pleased with the team’s first session around the street circuit. “It’s important to get as many laps as possible in practice, especially for a Monaco rookie like Jazeman. He did a fantastic job this morning and was pretty much P1 or P2 every time he got a clear lap. Monaco can be as much about luck as pace, but we’ve made a good start and both drivers are in good shape for qualifying.”

In a departure from the normal FR3.5 schedule, this weekend’s event will consist of just one qualifying session on Saturday morning with the drivers split into two groups, followed by just one race on Sunday, just before the Monaco Grand Prix.

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