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Carbone hails return to victory circle
1 January 1901
Fabio Carbone was in a celebratory mood after producing his first win on European soil in more than five years with a dominant World Series by Renault victory at the Hungaroring.
Also signalling the first win for the rookie Ultimate Signature team, Carbone made the most of his pole position in qualifying to win comfortably from Julien Jousse, a result that now marks him out as a distant title contender.
Indeed, both Carbone and Ultimate Signature benefited greatly this weekend, with the Brazilian leaping up to third in the driver standings and the team surging up to fourth themselves – this despite having just one point to their name only two rounds ago.
Adding to his third place finish in the first race, Carbone was delighted with his performance, one that he believes will see the team become regular frontrunners over the rest of the season.
"It was an absolutely dream for me: everything went entirely according to plan and the car felt mighty," he said. "Under braking it was rock solid, and we had just the right compromise between speed and downforce through all the corners. This win is a tribute to all the hard work from the entire Ultimate Signature team, which has stopped at nothing to make it possible."
"It was just a question of keeping concentration, but with this result I think we've really turned a corner. We're third in the championship now and our season really starts here. I feel that we've got a lot of confidence now, so I'm sure that we will continue to do a good job into the future. There are some exciting times ahead of us!"
Having just seen his British Formula 3 team break their duck last month, Ultimate Signature co-owner was thrilled to see his outfit winning on another platform.
"Fabio and the entire team did an outstanding job to once more make history for us. His win, along with pole position and fastest lap, was pure class from start to finish.
“Of course, it wouldn't have been possible without all the hard work that everyone has put in from the very start. This has been a truly memorable weekend, and we look forward to building on this great achievement now for the future."
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