Christina Nielsen and her all-Danish Formula Racing co-drivers delivered a solid fifth place finish at a freezing cold Silverstone circuit in Saturday’s opening round of the 2016 European Le Mans Series (ELMS).
The hour before qualifying saw heavy snow delay proceedings and while the snow cleared before the qualifying session, it was still very cold for much of the day. The cold caused problems for many runners.
It was very tough to get any heat into the tires for qualifying, with the track still pretty wet and such a short 10-minute session. It was a lottery to get a time.
As things emerged, it would matter little as the No. 60 car would start the 4-hour race from pit lane, the car released by the team to take to the grid too late.
That may have been a blessing in disguise though, as the chilly conditions caught out several cars in the opening laps. However, the No. 60 car completely avoided the multiple spins and clashes that resulted.
Progress though was still very tough, and despite faultless pit work, it was proving tough to get the best out of the racing rubber.
We made some progress, but it was a tough day for everyone out there. I’ve raced at Silverstone before, but it took me time to find a rhythm. There was some more time to come from me but on the day that was probably the best result we could get.
Christina Nielsen at the Silverstone circuit in Saturday’s opening round of the 2016 European Le Mans Series (ELMS).
The No. 60 Ferrari finished the race in sixth but hours later was promoted to fifth after the race winning car was disqualified after failing a post-race technical check.
The next race in the ELMS is on May 15 at Imola in Italy, the Formula Racing Ferrari’s spiritual home.
It’s an amazing part of the world, and an amazing circuit. Time to push!
Christina Nielsen Press Release
Photos: Formula Racing / Gary Parravani