Tom took to the wheel of the number 19 EQ8 Caterham Racing car for the first time this morning and following several setup changes, he qualified an impressive 4th for Saturday's GP2 Feature Race.
Tom Dillmann "This morning was just practice so the times do not count for anything, but it gave me an opportunity to get used to the GP2 car again and work on my qualifying setup. We made some changes in the right direction after the practice session and for me to qualify on the second row of the grid on my GP2 comeback is great and also shows that Caterham Racing have a good car. I am happy and satisfied with today, but the race is another story and as we know the GP2 car can behave very differently in race conditions, but for now I am very pleased."
EQ8 Caterham Racing driver Tom Dillmann lined up 4th on the grid. He had less luck at the start as the engine switched off following temperature problems on the grid and he re-joined the race in last place.
A safety car on lap two was Tom's saviour and from dead last he made an awesome recovery, taking the chequered flag in 12th place.
Tom Dillmann "The engine just went off on the grid and it is really disapointing after qualifying so well, but more luckily we had a safety car which let me catch up to the back of the field. The first part of the race was about keeping the prime tyres alive as our pace was not that good, I could switch to the options in the end and the car came alive allowing me to make up many positions.
Without the problem at the start we were definitely in a position to score points today. From 12th place tomorrow we should be able to score some points."
Race 2 :
From 12th place on the grid Tom made a cautious getaway, but having made it cleanly round the first lap he calmly calved his way through the field. In a class of his own he picked off one car per lap, making his way up to third. The track began to dry and as the cars on slick tyres improved their pace, it was time to pit. Tom came in from third place on lap ten. Tom made a small mistake on his out lap, spinning and losing four places but recovering well to bring his car home just outside the points in ninth place.
Tom Dillmann "I felt really good in the wet, passing cars each lap and making my way up to third by lap nine. I think we may have pitted for the slick tyre a little too early, as I struggled to get the tyres up to temperature and made a mistake on the out lap. I think going a little longer on the wets may have been easier to handle, but it was still my mistake. I think the spin cost me a top five position today which is pretty frustrating. I am really happy with the pace and speed we had here this weekend and just a little disappointed that I could not capitalise on that with a result. We still need to work on the race pace, especially on primes but now I know we will be strong in Budapest."