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Nasr To Start Third In Austria Following Tense Qualifying
Posted by: newsla on Jun 20, 2014 - 04:33 PM
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Nasr To Start Third In Austria Following Tense Qualifying

Carlin’s Felipe Nasr will line up on the second row of the grid ahead of tomorrow’s GP2 Feature Race following a tense qualifying session around the Red Bull Ring. Nasr was a regular front runner throughout the majority of the on track action and at the conclusion of the tightly fought session was third overall – just 0.046 off pole. It was a different story for Julian Leal however who fell out of the top ten having suffered with bad traffic in the final minutes leaving him to line up in 12th overall in what will be the first GP2 Series race around the Austrian circuit.


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In what was to be a very tightly contested qualifying session the GP2 cars took to a dry track for the 30 minutes of track action. It took a few minutes before the first flying laps were recorded but when they were Nasr was running in third and Leal sixth. However the times began to drop dramatically as the track conditions improved; Nasr began to make his charge and was looking likely to post the fastest lap however he slightly overcooked the final corner and found himself with his wheels on the grass and, while he was able to recover spectacularly, his lap was ruined.

Leal meanwhile, who had been the pacesetter this morning, was also making tracks and had moved up to fourth position before both Carlin men came in to the pits. When the GP2 cars returned to the track there were very few changes to positions until the dying minutes. With three minutes remaining on the clock Nasr pushed and set the third quickest time however he had to fight to maintain the position from those around him. This strong showing for the Brazilian will see him line up on the second row of the grid for tomorrow afternoon’s Feature Race.

Nasr said, ‘It was a very close session for everyone I think. I didn’t feel I was able to get the sectors together on my first set of tyres however was still fifth then we came in to the pits and made a small adjustment before going back out. The car felt good and competitive so I’m pleased to start on the second row. We were very close to the front row but we should have a good race tomorrow. I’m even happier with this because I was in hospital last night with food poisoning so it’s good to come back from that today. I hope we can fight for the win tomorrow and be on that podium.’

Meanwhile Leal’s session was hampered due to traffic. The Carlin man had been lying in fifth position however he was unable to find a gap at all in the second half of qualifying and as a result he unfortunately fell down the order and will start the race tomorrow from 12th. At its conclusion the entire grid was separated by just 1.3 seconds with Nasr missing out on pole by 0.046.

Leal said of his afternoon, ‘Qualifying was a bit disappointing for me. We were quick in the first half and had set the fourth fastest time however when I put my second set of tyres on and went out again I seemed to hit traffic everywhere I went. I didn’t even get one clear lap in which was such a shame as we know that we had the speed. However I’ll push tomorrow really hard and see what the race brings.’

Nasr and Leal will be back out on track tomorrow for the Feature Race which will commence at 15.40 local time.

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