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Eurocup F.Renault - Budapest Caldarelli continues to stay on-top

Eurocup F.Renault - Budapest Caldarelli continues to stay on-top


Two was the lucky number for Andrea Caldarelli at Budapest. The Italian driver, entered in the third round of the F.Renault Eurocup taking place on July 5 and 6, started from 2nd place on the grid after the Super Pole session, and ended as a runner-up in both races. Caldarelli had to face the tough opposition of SG Formula team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, currently leading the series' standings.
He missed a shot to the pole for a handful of thousands, and then tried to pass the Australian at the beginning of Race 1. Ricciardo managed to pull away and increased his margin, while Caldarelli stayed calm and came to the flag unconcerned by the rest of the pack. On Race 2, once again, the Italian tried to move to the top, but was forced to settle for second after having to challenge teammate Jean-Eric Vergne at a re-start following to a safety-car interruption. At that point, Ricciardo was far away, and out of reach. Andrea Caldarelli will now enjoy some relax until mid August, when teams and drivers will enter a collective testing session for the West European Championship. The next round of the Eurocup will be starting on the last weekend of August at the Nurburgring.
"We're progressively reducing our gap from Daniel Ricciardo. His car is really good from the start to the finish, while I keep suffering in the second half of the races. That said, I'm really satisfied with how things went on in Hungary. The field's quality was extremely high, and I'm glad to have scored valuable points with two runner-up finishes. The team's double on both races was rewarding too, and confirms the top level of the staff's job. I'm now in second place in standings, with a reasonable gap from Ricciardo, and everything will be possible from now on. We're following the right path, and a little stop will help us to rest and prepare for the final part of the season”.

Drivers' Standings after 6 Races
1.Ricciardo 77; 2.Caldarelli 58; 3.Bottas 39; 4.Merhi 35; 5.Hegewald 27; 6.Ramos 25; 7.Faccin 23; 8.Vergne 20; 9.Zampieri, Costa 19.

Andrea Caldarelli background