Krohn Racing qualifying 7th at Silverstone with their newly updated Ferrari F458

Tracy Krohn started the qualifying session and Maurizio Mediani ended it, securing the seventh grid position in the GTE-Am class.

Krohn Racing qualifying 7th at Silverstone with their newly updated Ferrari F458

Krohn Racing returned to the Silverstone Circuit this week with their newly updated No. 57 Ferrari F458 ready for Round One of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship.

#57 Krohn Racing Ferrari 458 Italia: Tracy Krohn, Nic Jonsson, Michele Rugolo
#57 Krohn Racing Ferrari 458 Italia: Tracy Krohn, Nic Jonsson, Michele Rugolo

Photo by: Daniel James Smith

Cold and rainy conditions on the first day of practice yielded limited quality running time, although all three drivers – Tracy W. Krohn, Nic Jönsson and Maurizio Mediani – cycled through the cockpit. Saturday’s morning practice was in variable conditions for both Krohn and Jönsson.

The new WEC qualifying procedure requires two drivers to qualify the car a minimum of two full laps each and their lap times are averaged to establish their grid position. Tracy Krohn started the qualifying session and Maurizio Mediani ended it, securing the seventh grid position in the GTE-Am class.

Tracy W. Krohn, Krohn Racing Team Owner/Driver, No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458 GTE-Am: “I don’t think we’re that far off. We have three different drivers and variable weather conditions, which makes it harder to get the set-up right.

I went much quicker than I did yesterday in qualifying, so quick that when I came into turn 3 I got there quicker than I thought I would, hit the brakes and it was too late.

That won’t happen again though. Actually, the car is not that far off but there are a couple of little adjustments we can do to make the car better.

I’m cautiously optimistic about tomorrow and think it will be an interesting day…rain, shine or both. With the variable weather we’ve had this week it’s an advantage for everybody. If you didn’t learn anything, then it was your own fault.”

Nic Jönsson, No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458 GTE-Am: “We’ve had three practice sessions here at Silverstone in very different conditions. It’s been raining on and off and very cold the whole time so it’s been difficult to get a good handle on the set-up at this point.

All three drivers had to circulate through the car and we haven’t had any proper runs on the slick tires yet. The first time we ran in dry conditions was actually qualifying today. We had Tracy and Maurizio qualify and Tracy did a phenomenal job his first lap out with a high four (2:04 minutes).

I think that’s three seconds quicker than he had ever done around here. Unfortunately, he got caught out a little bit on the second lap. I think we have a pretty good idea what we need to do to the car to get it balanced for the race.

The car was a little loose for us in qualifying. We need to take that into account and look at look at some data to make a few adjustments.

We have also done some testing so we are looking at the aero data we gathered and hopefully be pretty close where we need to be for Sunday’s race in dry conditions, hopefully.”

Maurizio Mediani, No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458 GTE-Am: “I’m a bit disappointed I didn’t get a good qualifying lap. I’m going to work with the Engineer now. During the week and with all the weather, I did no driving at all in the dry conditions and the qualifying was in the dry.

Qualifying is not important for an endurance race. It is only for my mind because I wanted to go faster. It’s a problem in my mind that I want to solve by the end of the day. For tomorrow, with a six hour race it is quite long, so our strategy was not to be really perfect for qualifying.

In fact our strategy was to have a good car, to be fast and to have a good result at the end of tomorrow’s race. This is the important thing…to have a consideration for the future. I will sleep tonight and I will think that tomorrow at the end of the day we can be fast enough to have a good result and be on the podium.”

David Brown, Krohn Racing Team Manager/Race Engineer: “We are disappointed to be so far down the grid. We don’t think it’s a true reflection of our pace. We will make some adjustments to the setup for the race tomorrow.

We expect to be competitive throughout the race and achieve a good result at this, Round One of the FIA World Endurance Championship.”

“We are glad to welcome Maurizio to Krohn Racing to join our driver line-up for 2013, where we know he will make a significant contribution, alongside our owner, Tracy, and our long term professional driver, Nic.

Maurizio attended two Krohn Racing tests before coming to Silverstone. We signed him as a result of his performance and our experiences at the tests.

We are looking forward to a fruitful, successful season in our recently updated Michelin-shod Ferrari F458. We are very pleased to be continuing our relationship with Michelin and looking forward to our first race here at Silverstone.”

Krohn Racing

shares
comments
Aston Martin dominates qualifying at Silverstone

Previous article

Aston Martin dominates qualifying at Silverstone

Next article

Rebellion Racing to start on the second and third rows in Silverstone

Rebellion Racing to start on the second and third rows in Silverstone
Load comments
Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked Prime

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity.

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far Prime

What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far

The new dawn for the FIA World Endurance Championship has arrived at Le Mans, as Hypercars prepare to duel for victory in the world's oldest endurance race. Motorsport.com picks out the 10 things we have learned in the build up to the race.

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2021
Le Mans 2021: The team-by-team guide Prime

Le Mans 2021: The team-by-team guide

After a two-month delay due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours is set to get underway with the start of the Hypercar era at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2021
Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse? Prime

Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse?

One Toyota, normally with the number 7 on the side, always seems to attract the bad luck in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez are hoping for a change in fortune this time around, but face significantly more unknowns than in recent years

Le Mans
Aug 19, 2021
Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow Prime

Why Glickenhaus should be taken seriously on its Le Mans bow

Many were quick to dismiss Glickenhaus when the boutique American sportscar firm's entry into the top class of the Le Mans 24 Hours was announced. It's all-new LMH racer, powered by an engine built by a rally specialist, goes in as the underdog against Toyota but the mathematical odds suggest that it has more than just a faint hope of success.

Le Mans
Aug 18, 2021
How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car Prime

How 1971's benchmark Le Mans team lost with the best car

The JW Automotive Engineering team won twice at the Le Mans 24 Hours with ageing Fords and was considered the heavy favourite to add more victories to its tally after partnering with Porsche. But despite being armed with the all-conquering 917, this formidable combination was never as successful in real life as on the big screen.

Le Mans
Aug 15, 2021
Why Jose Maria Lopez isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio Prime

Why Jose Maria Lopez isn’t motivated by emulating Fangio

Having twice missed out on Formula 1 and reinvented himself as a touring car driver, Jose Maria Lopez has had a rocky ride to becoming a four-time world champion. One more would put him level with his nation's favourite son, but there's another prize he would value far more than the honour of matching Juan Manuel Fangio's tally.

WEC
Aug 14, 2021
The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial Prime

The understated Le Mans legend who has earned a testimonial

OPINION: After 24 Le Mans 24 Hours participations, 50-year-old Emmanuel Collard will be absent from the grid this year, stuck at the mercy of his gold driver grading. But, while he's not motivated by breaking start records, the French veteran is determined to return to the field next year.

WEC
Jul 24, 2021