Martínez not allowed to debut in GP2 this weekend

Martínez not allowed to debut in GP2 this weekend

4 August 2007 – Racing Engineering's latest driver Marcos Martínez was left frustrated at the end of Friday's qualifying session at the Hungaroring. The young Spaniard was enjoying his first day in a GP2 car, but in qualifying an engine problem ruined his qualifying session and he was unable to set a timed lap within the 107% cut-off.

Marcos Martínez's day ended up as a big disappointment for both him and the team. Free practice went well for the Spaniard on Friday morning as he got used to driving a GP2 car for the first time, setting lap times within 107% of the fastest time.

But it all went wrong just as he started the qualifying session. His engine stopped inexplicably and he wasn't able to complete a flying lap. As he did not set a valid time in qualifying, the GP2 organisers decided not allowing him to race this weekend despite his proven experience in both F3 last year and World Series this season, where he's always been among the best. Thus Javier Villa will be the sole Racing Engineering driver for Saturday's race in Hungary.

Racing Engineering team boss Alfonso D'Orleans wasn't too happy with the decision made by the GP2 organisers: "Marcos couldn't run in qualifying after the engine stopped and that means he won't be allowed to race tomorrow as he didn't have qualifying time within the 107%, something he had achieved in free practice. A real shame as he's a very young driver but he already has proven experience in F3 and World Series, he only needs some more track time to get used to the GP2 car."

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