FRONT ROW START FOR MIKE CONWAY IN GP2 AT BRITISH F1 GP
DRIVER NEWS: Reigning British F3 Champion Mike Conway, will start tomorrow's GP2 feature race from the front row after a superb qualifying session in which he posted second fastest lap time, his best qualifying position of the season so far.
Conway has plenty of experience of the Silverstone circuit, venue for the British round of the Formula One-supporting GP2 Series, the championship that Lewis Hamilton, current Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver, won last season. The Super Nova driver demonstrated his mastery of the Northamptonshire track from the opening practice session, recording fourth fastest lap this morning.
He continued this momentum into afternoon qualifying, running a pace that kept him in the top five of the time sheets throughout the session. His final run of the day gave him his quickest lap to line up alongside Andy Zuber from iSport International.
Conway said of his strong performance today, "The balance was good in free practice and we just made a few small improvements for this afternoon. We're only two tenths off pole, so I'm fairly happy.
Of his strategy for the race tomorrow, the first of the two GP2 races during this British GP weekend, he explains, "The run to the first corner is key and it's important that we get through there cleanly. You can go through it side by side, but the next bit is a bit hairy if it's two abreast, so we have to be careful there. We just need to push us hard as we can - a win is definitely possible.
"It helps that I know the circuit more than many of the others in the Series, and I've won here in the wet and in the dry, but the other drivers are all very quick and experienced, so I think my advantage will only be for the first few laps.
"Silverstone is a special track for me, as the home of British motorsport, and with all the British fans here as well, I hope that they will be cheering me on to get the first British race win of the weekend."
The GP2 series is the final stepping stone on a drivers path to Formula One, and with the races taking place at the Formula One Grand Prix is a showcase of their talents in front of their peers and the F1 paddock.
Conway is reigning British F3 champion and graduated to the GP2 series for this season. He has already shown that he has front running pace and the fighting spirit needed to challenge for championship points in the Series, although a little bad luck has dogged his performance in a few of the races.
He says, "I'm hoping that Silverstone will be a turning point and that we can really show the progress we've been making with a points finish at least, and hopefully a podium in at least one of the races."
The first of the two GP2 races starts tomorrow at 4.00pm and the second, shorter, sprint race is set for 9.00am on Sunday.