It hasn’t been the weekend that Prema Powerteam expected at Moscow Raceway, as the third round of the 2014 Formula Renault 2.0 championship provided less satisfactions than expected for the Vicenza-based squad at the Russian venue. The top result for Prema was the 5th place scored by Dennis Olsen on Sunday, and it was a tough break especially considering the two wins gathered at Spa-Francorchamps by Bruno Bonifacio, who had also ended this week’s event with the points lead.
The Brazilian suffered from two nightmare days: he ended Qualifying 1 in 19th due to the lack of grip on his car, while the same problem, due to the low temperatures, also plagued Olsen and Hans Villemi. Bonifacio scored 16th in Race 1, but his streak of bad luck continued. After a couple of laps in Qualifying 2, he stopped at the side of the track with a silent motor. Unfortunately, the issue couldn’t be resolved for Race 2, and Bonifacio had to close his weekend in disappointment. He would have taken-off in last place anyway.
Olsen was quick in Qualifying 2 and scored 5th place, holding the same position throughout Race 2. In Race 1, he had improved from the 12th place on the grid to enter the top-10 in 9th place, providing an aggressive performance. Villemi ended up the two races respectively in 17th and 15th place. After the Russian round of the series, Bonifacio is holding second place in standings, 18 away from leader De Vries, while Olsen sits third with 61 points.
Grazia Rosin – Team Manager
“A difficult weekend in such a demanding season can happen. In Russia we struggled a lot with the set-up of our cars in Qualifying 1, while in the second, without the technical problem that stopped him, I’m sure that Bonifacio could have had his say for a place among the frontrunners, like happened Olsen. It’s a pity, but there’s still a long way to go in the championship. Also, the issues encountered by our rival De Vries in Race 1 reduced the gap in points, which isn’t impossible at all to recover. Olsen delivered two solid races, proving highly consistent, while Villemi drove well, but paid the price of his qualifying misfortunes”.