After a break of one month, the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg (Austria) has been the reason to return the GP2 drivers to their cars (or monkey squares according to Judith). Both Alexander Rossi as Jordan King got rate this weekend, however, the results have not been as good as expected from Racing Engineering and none of them got on the podium.
After 45 minutes of free practice, the qualifying session ended with good positions, despite they were forced to pit several times. Rossi started setting some fast laps that allowed him to rise to fourth place, while Jordan obtained the eleventh place. In the afternoon, Rossi got the fifth place followed by Jordan. After a pit stop for both, Jordan was third, but then the other drivers ran much faster, and he fell to eighth position. Unfortunately he carries over the three position grid penalty from Monaco so, finally, he got the eleventh place. Meanwhile, Rossi improved his own time but still lagged to twelfth place.
The next day the rain had disappeared, although it was still cool and cloudy for the race. Alexander made a good start making up several place. There was debris on the track which caused the Virtual Safety Car to be deployed, but he kept the sixth place. After he took his mandatory pit stop on lap 8, the young American returned to the track with the fastest lap of the race and fight for the lead with Vandoorne, Sirotkin and Matsushita. At six laps to go Alexander was third, but unfortunately Matsushita had the advantage of DRS, Lynn on Supersoft tyres, and his own brake problem caused he had just sixth position. His teammate, however, crossed the finish line in twelfth place after he lost several positions with his pit stop, despite he was ranked ahead of Gasly until the end of the race.
On Sunday, Rossi started from third on the grid and King from twelfth. Unfortunately for Alexander, Yelloly was slow away in the first corner and there was a contact between the two cars. The Racing Engineering driver moved to the outside and he dropping back to the thirteenth place. He was up to 9th, but finally he got the eighth due to the disqualification of Markelov. Moreover, Jordan was one place ahead of his teammate, and he achieved good times (only 0.3 seconds behind of Gasly, who ultimately failed to overcome him).
Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón, President of Racing Engineering, said: “Overall it was not the weekend we were hoping for, but we will work hard to be back on the podium in Silverstone.”