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Silverstone - Race 2 Quotes

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08/07/2007

Adam Carroll (FMS International) Winner - It's fantastic to win again, it's been so long and I've had such a hard time that I'm just so thankful to the people that never lost faith in me. I'm nearly crying to tell the truth! Hopefully this is just the start of things. We've shown what we can do together as a team and the team did a cracking job this weekend. With the right opportunity, I can run with the best, we've shown that today. It's absolutely fantastic to win in front of the British crowd and to be on top of the podium. Lewis Hamilton was in this same spot this time last year, and this year he's on pole for the F1, so it's something to be proud of.

Pastor Maldonado (Trident Racing) 2nd - I'm very satisfied with the final result of today's race, especially considering the 19th starting spot on the grid in Race 1. I made a quite wonderful start, and once in the lead I tried to put as many seconds as possible between myself and Adam Carroll. While in the first half of the race I was able to keep the pace of my competitor, I later realized that Adam was much faster, and I decided avoid blocking him, since for both me and my team points are vital; maybe the ones scored today will prove to be decisive at the end of the season.

Kazuki Nakajima (DAMS) 3rd - Yeah, it's really, really good weekend, a great weekend. I think this is our potential. We had some sign from the beginning of the season but we couldn't make it as a result. Now we could do that and also we had a great race in this weekend so I'm really happy.

Mike Conway (Super Nova International) 5th - We came through to fifth, so I am happy to have scored again. It's now important to keep this up and continue to score at every race. We had good balance today and fought all the way. It was definitely harder to pass today, but all in all I'm fairly happy.

Luca Filippi (Super Nova International) 7th - I had a bad start this morning. I caught up with Di Grassi & I think we have the speed to pass him, but unfortunately I missed the opportunity, and then Mike passed me and I made a mistake. However we scored some good points for the team this weekend, and I am only 4 points behind the championship leader after 5 races, so its very close. We just need to keep on improving.

Jason Tahinci (FMS International) 16th - I think that is one of my best drives this season so I'm reasonably happy. It's a pity I lost ground to the guys in front because of yellow flags. I slowed down a lot and the guy in front didn't and then the gap was there so I couldn't make it up. After that I just held position and tried
to drive consistently. I admit I played it safe - I wanted to finish the race in a good position and bring the car home. It's a great result for the team with Adam's win, so hopefully from this race on the momentum should continue.

Filipe Albuquerque (Racing Engineering) 14th - I had a good start gaining a place and I was pushing a bit more than yesterday, with a pace similar to the group in front that had fast drivers like Pantano in it. At mid race I start to notice how the tyres were wearing so I couldn't keep the same pace to the end. Anyway even if the result wasn't very good it's a general fact that on track you finish more or less where you start. I want to thank Alfonso D'Orleans and Racing Engineering for giving me this excellent experience of driving in GP2.

Andy Soucek (DPR) 20th - I didn't get a good start and I didn't make up any position, then my pace wasn't as strong as it should have been. I seem to be fighting the car all the time; it's not working for me and in synergy as I want it to be. We have to find a solution. The boys had to change two engines last night and worked so hard, all through the night, so I really wanted to do well for them today. I wasn't able to push as hard as I wanted to, but sometimes it just doesn't go your way.

Christian Bakkerud (DPR) 21st - It was better today, although not a lot better. Another race under my belt, so I guess that's a positive. The car was okay, it was an improvement from qualifying, but when you are starting so far back it makes it much more difficult than further towards the front. At the end Zaugg got down my inside on the pit straight, outbraked himself and then gave me a little tap and we ran wide, he didn't gain any places and I lost two. We didn't have any data from yesterday, which would have helped us a lot, but we made the best of the situation.

Javier Villa (Racing Engineering) 22nd - I had clutch problems at the start, the car almost stopped and that meant I lost several places. Then as I was recovering the tear-off visor of another driver ended up in the radiator and caused an increase in the temperature. I went into the pits, cleaned out the radiator and went back to the track but it was still overheating so I stopped to avoid blowing up the engine.

Kohei Hirate (Trident Racing) DNF - My race was in many ways similar to the one disputed yesterday. In the first two laps the car was great, but suddenly the handling grew worse lap-by-lap. In the closing laps I was slowed by a gearbox problem, especially while hitting fifth and sixth gear, and I decided to come back to the pits to avoid a much worse failure. I hope to get a lucky break in the next race at the Nurburgring.

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