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'It finally worked out' says overjoyed Leimer

Fabio Leimer was thrilled at scoring his first pole position of the 2012 season for Racing Engineering, after proving unbeatable in the difficult wet conditions at Silverstone.
Racing Engineering's Fabio Leimer was savouring clinching pole position at Silverstone on Friday, proving himself to be untouchable in the most difficult conditions that the drivers have had to face all season so far.

"Finally it worked out, I am really happy," said the 23-year-old. "In free practice, when I drove in the rain for the first time this season, I already felt really comfortable and we saw that today a lot was possible."

Leimer was only tenth fastest in the midday practice session, but knew even at that point that there was plenty more to come.

"I was already one second ahead in sector one, but always had yellow or red flags in the following sectors," he explained. "We hoped for the rain to be a bit less as it would allow a proper qualifying and this is what happened.

"I pushed already for a fast lap when my tyres were not yet 100% there, but when I heard I was in P1, I felt really good as I knew that I made several mistakes during that lap and therefore there were further improvements possible," he added.

Then came the mid-session red flag for cars stopping out on track, allowing him to get a second set of wet tyres, only for the rain to ease off and make it difficult for anyone to go faster in the variable conditions. Not that it matter as far as pole position was concerned: Leimer was already so far ahead that no one could close the gap before the chequered flag came out.

"I am extremely happy with today's results and want to really thank the entire team as the car was very, very good today," he said, after a wet qualifying experience that had clearly meant a great deal to him and taught him a lot. "[Previously] I didn't feel too confident in wet conditions, but now I really like the rain," he laughed.

His team boss at Racing Engineering, Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón, was also delighted with the pole position performance by his lead driver.

"Fantastic work by Fabio," he said. "First pole of the season and it was about time as he proved to be so fast and therefore so close to it during all the previous weekends."




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Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) out on track in wet conditions at Silverstone. July 2012. (Photo Credit: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering). Portrait. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
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Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in pit lane at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
The car of Pierre Gasly (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) is retrieved after a first lap accident at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) crosses the line at the end of race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with team mate Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) celebrates after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with his father Jonathan after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Race winner Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & runner-up Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrate with champagne after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) sprays champagne on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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