Daniil misses the Imola podium, 4th in Race 5 of the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps Series. Red Bull Junior Daniil Kvyat (RUS-Team Koiranen) was the fastest man of the free practice on Friday. On Saturday he “only” managed 4th in the race while Alex Albon (ENG-Team Epic) again finished in the points with 10th. Stefan Wackerbauer (GER-Team Koiranen) dropped back to the tail of the field after the start and then stopped, following a collision. The race was won by Norman Nato of France and he now leads the points table with Kvyatt 3rd behind another Frenchman, Paul-Loup Chatin.
The drivers of the Formula Renault 2.0 championship concluded the first race day at Imola late in the afternoon of Saturday. It was the 5th race in the Alps Series and the three Red Bull Juniors in this series had a very promising start to this race weekend. Kvyat, Albon and Wackerbauer were full of confidence after free practice. Kvyat was fastest in two sessions and both Wackerbauer and Albon were classified in the top ten and therefore on course for points.
In qualifying on Saturday morning Kvyat did not have the best of luck, two red flags and several yellow flags as well as some rain towards the end of the session eventually resulted in 4th place on the starting grid for the young Russian.
Wackerbauer upset by the many flags as well ended up 10th with Albon 12th after some gearbox issues restricted his effort.
France’s Norman Nato tackled the race of 25 minutes plus one lap from pole position. Nato moved into the lead from the lights, followed by Chatin and Kvyat, who was able to make up a position. Wackerbauer and Albon were running 11th and 13th respectively, after the opening lap.
Kvyat dropped back to 4th on lap two and Wackerbauer suddenly lost more than 20 seconds, back to 24th for the young Bavarian. Nato was able to pull away up at the front while Vermont, Chatin and Kvyat were fighting over 2nd place. Albon was running 11th.
Albon improved to10th on lap 7 while Wackerbauer started a race to catch up and improved to 19th. Kvyat started to come under pressure Colombia’s Oscar Tunjo was desperate to get past the Russian. But Kvyat held 4th.
Wackerbauer worked his way up to 16th only to retire for good on lap 10, following another collision.
Nato won the 5th race of the Alps Series ahead of Vermont and Chatin. Kvyat missed the podium by just under two seconds. Albon repeated his Pau performance with 10th.
Timetable – Formula Renault 2.0 Alps, Imola
Sunday, 27 May 2012
Race 2 – 2.45 p.m.
A request for support!
Faces for charity
The race cars of Red Bull Racing will contest the British Grand Prix weekend from July 6th to 8th 2012 with very special paintwork for a charitable cause.
A collage with thousands of fan pictures will adorn the race cars of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, supporting the Wings for Life foundation for spinal cord research. The world championship winning team is inviting fans to also be there at Silverstone as co-drivers with a personal photo.
Go to: www.facesforcharity.com