Car 9: Oliver Turvey (GBR) -- 6th
Car 10: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) -- 1st
EXQUISITE VALSECCHI ENDS iSPORT's SEASON ON A HIGH, MORE POINTS FOR TURVEY
Davide Valsecchi won the GP2 Series finale in Abu Dhabi this afternoon -- and a copybook start was the key to one of the season's most impressive drives. From fourth on the grid, the Italian kept a cool head -- and a disciplined racing line -- as several rivals ran wide over the kerbs through the first sequence of corners. That put him neck and neck with Luis Razia (Barwa Addax) on the run through Turns Four and Five -- and he edged ahead to claim a lead he would retain to the end, despite fierce, race-long pressure from the vanquished Brazilian.
Team-mate Oliver Turvey put in another strong drive to record his 12th consecutive points finish -- consistency of a kind no other driver has matched this season. The Englishman ran eighth initially, after losing a place off the line, but he capitalised on rivals' misdemeanours to move up to sixth -- a result that matches his final championship position at the end of a strong rookie season.
"I was really pleased with my start -- I was aggressive, but very fair, and that conditioned the rest of my race. I was very comfortable during the opening laps, because I always felt I could control the gap to Razia. He started putting pressure on me towards half-distance, but I focused on looking after my tyres and making sure the car was in good shape towards the end. That paid off because the handling just got better and better and I was able to drive my own race. We have had a few misfortunes this season, but overall it has been a very positive campaign and this is the perfect way to end.""
"That was a frustrating race in many ways, because I don't think it reflected my true pace. I was potentially quicker than Josef Kral over a lap, but wasn't able to get close enough to set up a pass at the crucial parts of the circuit. As we were in a bit of a stalemate, I tried dropping back a little in a bid to secure an extra point for fastest lap, but didn't have much scope because another group of cars was fairly close behind. It might not have been my best race, but the bottom line is that we were competitive -- and that reflects the pattern of the season as a whole. I'd like to thank the team for helping me put together a strong rookie season that gives me a fantastic platform on which to build in 2011."