Hilmer hits out at Regalia for criticism
4 July 2014 – GP2 squad Hilmer Motorsport has hit out at its driver Facu Regalia after the Argentine departed the team, claiming that his car had been down on power for most of the season.
Regalia made his debut with Hilmer at the start of the season but has endured four point-less events and released a statement earlier this week, claiming that he would no longer be driving for the team.
Hilmer reacted angrily to Regalia's view, claiming that his reasons 'do not comply with the real circumstances and are not substantial from the point of view of Hilmer Motorsport.'
"Regalia always has been given a competitive car, the results of the pre-season testing prove this fact by constantly being classified in top positions," read a statement.
"In rating the results of the season so far, it also has to be taken into account that in three out of four main races the driver wasn't able to finish the race because of driving mistakes and that he had to retire prematurely. The reasons for these retirements are neither the fault of the team or technical problems. Regalia's objections about a lack of engine power are from our point of view baseless accusations.
"The GP2 standard engines are being supplied by Mecachrome, the engine supplier analyses the data and controls each engine regularly. During these controls the engine of Regalia has been approved and reported that there are no problems. Hilmer Motorsport wants to emphasise again that we fully trust in the engine supplier and that we never had any problems with the performance of the engine. We would like to thank our engine supplier for the trustful cooperation so far.
"The contract of Facu Regalia with Hilmer Motorsport was not complied on a unilateral basis. Hilmer Motorsport will not comment further as this is not in the nature of Hilmer Motorsport.
"We would like to point out that Regalia has got a contract with Hilmer Motorsport until the end of the season and that this will be complied with. We kindly ask for your understanding on this situation due to legal proceedings."
British racer Jon Lancaster will replace Regalia for this weekend's event at Silverstone.