MAXIMUM POINTS FOR GIEDO Giedo van der Garde made the best possible start to his 2008 season, by qualifying on pole, winning Saturday's race and taking another superb victory in Race Two. The 23 year-old, who also celebrated his birthday over...
MAXIMUM POINTS FOR GIEDO
Giedo van der Garde made the best possible start to his 2008 season, by qualifying on pole, winning Saturday's race and taking another superb victory in Race Two. The 23 year-old, who also celebrated his birthday over the weekend, has taken the maximum amount of points possible at Monza and both he and P1 Motorsport are leading both the Driver and Constructor Championships.
Starting from pole, Van der Garde got off the line beautifully, and despite tough competition from Marco Bonanomi (Red Devil Team Comtec) and Carlin Motorsport's Robert Wickens, he exited the chicane in the lead. An incident on the first lap brought out the safety car, and for three laps Van der Garde led the field in anticipation of the re-start. As the green flag waved the Dutchman crossed the line with Bonanomi right up on his rear wing - Van der Garde locked his brakes on entry into the chicane but maintained track position over the Comtec car. Unfortunately he had flat- spotted his tyres, resulting in a poorly handling car. However he was able to take control of the race and led from start to finish, crossing the line to take his second win of the weekend.
Van der Garde said, "It was my mistake on the re-start and from then on I just had to push hard and keep ahead of Bonanomi and later Alvaro (Barba, Prema Powerteam). The team did a fantastic job this weekend, and worked some long hours. I cannot thank them enough for making this possible and I'm obviously very pleased with our results this weekend. It's a great start to the year."
Team mate Pippa Mann just missed out on equaling her tenth position from Saturday's race, finishing just outside the points in 12th position. Despite a good initial start off the line, Mann was sandwiched between two cars coming into the first chicane and was forced to back off to avoid an incident. Though she managed to climb back up the field from 19th position, the British female driver finished without points: "I'm really disappointed with the result because we were easily fast enough to get points today. I tried to recover from losing track position at the first corner, but also encountering groups of traffic ahead made overtaking even more difficult."
Team Director Roly Vincini said, "The team have done such a great job, they really deserve these two victories. Giedo did exactly what he had to do and has managed to come away from Monza with maximum points. With the new car it's very much a level playing field, and even more important to arrive at the first race prepared - I think we demonstrated that this weekend."
Please note that due to Salvador Duran (Interwetten.Com Racing) being given a 25 second time penalty following an incident during the race, Pippa Mann (P1 Motorsport) finished in 11th position in Race Two from the World Series by Renault's opening weekend in Monza.
-credit: p1 motorsport