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Facu Regalia Already Focusing On Barcelona
Posted by: newsla on Apr 08, 2014 - 07:27 PM
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Facu Regalia Already Focusing On Barcelona

Following a troublesome weekend, the Argentine driver living in Madrid reached positive conclusions and now already prepares next round at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in May


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Facu Regalia was left without possibilities to shine in the GP2 season opener meeting taking place at the Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain. By Friday morning problems started as his car´s performances didn´t meet his expectations – engine issues once again and it cost him around seven tenths per lap and a millstone to cope with- in the first practice session. As these problems continued in qualifying, Regalia could not improve his 10th row on the grid for Saturday´s race. Regalia was able to make a great start overtaking ten cars but, after two corners, another rival collided with the Argentine young star and as a consequence got a puncture and was forced to retire. On Sunday, in race two, Regalia had to cope with new problems. Bahrain has never been an easy track to overtake other cars and car set-up didn´t help either, as the car entered by SFIF1 GP2 Team was quite difficult to drive in the dying stages.

But it was not all negative and Regalia learnt how a GP2 race is and, above all, to understand how tire degradation works in the series, a key factor with these cars. Argentina´s driver is already working to approach round two in Barcelona with guarantees of success.

Facu Regalia: “On the whole this meeting was quite difficult. Race two, starting from the back after retiring on Saturday, was not an easy one either. I passed five cars but, as Marciello stalled on the grid, and I had to brake and could not take full advantage of my good start. Thank God I could avoid clashes the first two turns and start experienced a GP2 race. I really thought to overtake other cars would be possible, but oversteer and poor traction did not help for sure. Lap by lap it got even worse and the after the halfway point the car was really painful. As a result I was suffering hand cramps at the end, a painful shoulder and hand wounds. I could not overtake other cars but at least my starts were pretty good and they are very important for future meetings. I learnt how GP2 racing is and tire degradation. Anyway we need to improve several things, there is room for improvement in the car and in the team and we have already had some meetings about it. We have to turn the page because the season has just started. We need to confirm our engine is working properly and I hope that from now on things shall improve. Also I would like to take the opportunity to say hi to everybody in Argentina, other Latin American countries and all my fans all around the world”.

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