Monday, June 24, 2013
Stockinger 3rd on Rookie Podium, Scores Points for Lotus F1 Junior Team in Moscow
After showing good speed and finishing in 4th place in Friday's 2nd practice, Marlon Stockinger qualified in 6th place this morning for Saturday's sprint race in the World Series by Renault 3.5L category at the Moscow Raceway.
Stockinger finished the race in 8th place overall and 3rd in the rookie class, scoring 4 points for his team, with team mate Marco Sorensen finishing in 10th place.
"Unfortunately I lost 2 places at the start because I had a lot of wheel spin. After that everybody kept their position for the whole race. The top 10 drivers were so evenly matched and consistent - all with lap times within one second from each other - that there was no opportunity to overtake or being overtaken. It looks kind of easy from the outside, but it is extremely difficult to keep your concentration for 40 minutes and not making a mistake, which could instantly cost you a position."
Tomorrows feature race will include a compulsory pit stop and another qualifying session in the morning.
"I will have to push hard in tomorrow's qualifying" says Stockinger. "After struggling the first half of the season and after some unfortunate race incidents, I feel more and more comfortable with the World Series car, which is quite a step up from GP3 and extremely physical to drive."