Nasr dedicates podium to Carlin team
19 June 2011 – Carlin’s Felipe Nasr has praised his mechanics for the repairs they carried out after he crashed out in the final stages of qualifying at Brands Hatch on Saturday morning, with the championship leader admitting that the job was finished just in time for the opening race. The Brazilian ultimately progressed up to second at the chequered flag, fighting through the field after pitting for slick tyres in the middle of the race.
"It was a great race in all conditions, because we started on wets," Nasr told GPUpdate.net in the Brands Hatch paddock. "Our car just got done, because I had a shunt in qualifying on the last lap. There was too much work to do on the car, so I thought we weren’t going to make the first race, I was a bit scared.
"In the end we put the car back together in the last minute, so it was already very good to be at the grid to start the race. I was just thinking about finishing the race in a good position, to finish second was very special for everyone that works in the team, as they prepared the car.
"At one stage I felt the win was possible, but because Lucas had such a big gap, maybe one more lap and I could have done him. I needed one more lap."
Nasr will start Sunday’s second and third races from ninth and third respectively, adding that a strong first lap is important if he wants to add to his victory tally this weekend.
"We start in third (for Race 3), so we’ll see the conditions and how they are tomorrow," he added. "Anyway, this is a good track, we have the first lap to try and overtake the guys in front. The car is good, so let’s see what I can do with it."