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Caldarelli cruises to maiden podium finish at Barcelona

Caldarelli cruises to maiden podium finish at Barcelona

22-09-2009

Andrea Caldarelli experienced the best weekend of his career in the
Formula 3 Euro Series, ending up on the podium on Race 1, after taking of
from the front row. The driver from Pescara, part of the Toyota Driver
Program, overcame a technical issue suffered in Practice by his SG Formula
Dallara-Mercedes, cruising to a stunning 2nd place at the end of Qualifying.
Aware that his racer was capable to fight at the top, Caldarelli clocked his
best lap ending up 65 thousands of a second off Jules Bianchi's pole.
"It's been fantastic for me to be back at the top of the charts after so many
troubles - told Caldarelli - I could have even tackled to the pole, but I lost
time for the yellow flags due to a spin by Vietoris"
After being moved on by Alexandre Sims, Caldarelli kept third place until
checkered. "We've been waiting for so long, an the team put on-track a
perfect car here at Barcelona. I was certain that the development was following
a right path and it definitely paid off."
On Race 2, Caldarelli took off from Row 4 but lost one spot after being
blocked hard by Waldschmidt. He then caught the slipstream of Tiago
Geronimi, who defended himself roughly, causing the Italian to brake and
let Esteban Gutierrez go.
"I tried to do my race but when you're blocked so hard at the first corner
there's nothing to be done. Tenth place is ok at the end of such a positive
weekend..."

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