ROAL Motorsport’s two drivers, Tom Coronel and Alberto Cerqui, have been sent to the back of the grid for both of today’s World Touring Car Championship races at the Hungaroring after stewards ruled the the team had breached parc fermé conditions.
While Cerqui just missed the Q2 cut to qualify 13th-fastest, Coronel had a disastrous session and struggled with balance issues en route to setting the 19th-fastest time, by far his worst qualifying performance of the season.
Their woes will be compounded further after the team’s engineers hooked their laptops to the data loggers on the cars after Q1 – deemed an official parc fermé period – which led to the drivers being stripped of their lap times from that session.
With overtaking so difficult around the Hungaroring, a points finish for either driver would be a miracle, Coronel said after the race.
“You cannot overtake here,” the Dutchman said. “Forget this weekend.
“We tried different types of set-ups and it didn’t make any difference,” he told TouringCarTimes. “I was not happy with the car at all, I was fighting the car too much…there was no consistency in myself and the car.”