Robert Doornbos demonstrates good pace in Brazilian GP Robert Doornbos made a good impression in today's Brazilian Grand Prix. In the season finisher at the Autodromo JosÃ© Carlos pace, the 25 year old Red Bull Racing driver climbed up to 12th...
Robert Doornbos demonstrates good pace in Brazilian GP
Robert Doornbos made a good impression in today's Brazilian Grand Prix. In the season finisher at the Autodromo José Carlos pace, the 25 year old Red Bull Racing driver climbed up to 12th position after having started from the back of the grid. With this performance, Doornbos again received compliments from his RBR management as well as other team bosses!
A chaotic start of the final Grand Prix of the year, sees both Williams drivers damage their cars in the first lap after being involved in separate accidents. After Nico Rosberg also crashes his car at the end of the lap, the safety-car is employed. Doornbos, who already has overtaken Tiago Monteiro at that moment, is in 19th position.
Doornbos takes full use of the restart, but it's Michael Schumacher who draws all the attention as he suffers from a rear puncture. As both Toyota's also retire a lap later, Doornbos climbs up to P16. In this position, Doornbos tails six drivers who are all fighting for a top ten spot. With teammate David Coulthard also being forced to retire, Doornbos is handed the 15th position in lap 15.
As on from lap 25 most drivers make their first scheduled pitstop, Doornbos gains again a few positions. Doornbos sets a series of striking fast lap times halfway the race. Once Doornbos also has pitted on from 11th position, he rejoins in 13th place, having overtaken Liuzzi, Albers and Yamamoto!
In the following laps, Doornbos chases BMW's Nick Heidfeld for P12 and overtakes him just before the Germans makes his second stop. After Scott Speed has visited his pit crew for the second time, Doornbos moves up to eleventh position.
As he has also made his second stop with only 11 laps to go, the Red Bull Racing driver rejoins in 13th position. In his final stint to the chequered flag, Doornbos gains one position as Heidfeld retires, but just comes a few laps short of also overtaking his Toro Rosso colleague Scott Speed.
Robert Doornbos: "A very interesting but tough race. Not physically, but more because I started the race with the maximum amount of fuel on board. It was quite difficult to gain positions in my first stint, but after my first stop I had still overtaken several drivers. Our strategy was good, so compliments to the team."
"I did my utmost, drove very competitive lap times all the time, but finishing higher up the ranks was just not possible for us today. Despite this, I'm still happy with the result. I can fly back to Europe now and look back with a good feeling at three strong qualifying sessions and races. I've shown what I'm capable of doing!"