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Nasr Fifth In Scorching Hockenheim Qualifying
Posted by: newsla on Jul 18, 2014 - 05:30 PM
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Nasr Fifth In Scorching Hockenheim Qualifying


Felipe Nasr will start the 200th GP2 Series race from fifth position on the grid following a tough qualifying session in high temperatures in Germany. The Carlin driver got reacquainted with the Hockenheimring well following this morning’s practice session before moving on to set the fifth quickest time of the afternoon’s qualifying to cement his position. Team mate Julian Leal will start from 17th on the grid following a tough session at the German track.

 

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It was a scorching hot day for Nasr and Leal as they took on the challenges of the Hockenheimring. With the air temperature at 33 degrees, and no doubt much warmer in the cockpit, the cars took to the track for the afternoon qualifying session with it soon becoming evident that this was to be a tightly contested session.

In the opening minutes it was Nasr who was one of the early movers; the Brazilian quickly set his flying lap, including a purple second sector, to jump to the very top of the time sheets. However his time at the top was taken away a few moments later when Championship rival Jolyon Palmer moved into the position. Following a couple more laps around the German circuit Nasr came in to the pits holding on to third position.

Meanwhile Leal, who had lost time earlier this morning, was getting up to speed at the German track. Moving his way up the grid he was in 15th position by the mid-point of the session before he too joined his team mate, and the majority of the GP2 field, in the pit lane for a few quick changes and some new tyres.

Waiting until just nine minutes of the session remained both Nasr and Leal re-took to the circuit for their final few laps before the grid would be set for the 200th GP2 Series race. Nasr made his move however a slight twitch sent him off track and ruined his flying lap; unfortunately he was unable to improve and will start tomorrow’s Feature Race from fifth on the grid.

Leal meanwhile was struggling with traffic in the final laps – a situation many drivers found themselves in. He was also unable to improve and will fight from 17th on the grid when the lights extinguish tomorrow.

Nasr said of his session, ‘It was a very hot time for us in the car so it was really tough throughout. I think the temperatures meant that it was tricky to get the best out of the tyres however I pushed really hard on the lap that I was fifth so while I’m happy with that I still want to be further up the grid. However we have qualified around this area before and know that we can move up the grid from there so it should be an interesting race tomorrow to see how strategy plays out and also to see if the temperatures play into things as well.’

The 200th Feature Race will start at 15.50 local time.



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