Bianchi on a charge in Abu Dhabi
Maranello, 12 February 2011- After a great win yesterday in the opening race of the GP2 Asia Series, Jules Bianchi was once again in the thick of it, finishing fourth in the second race, but unfortunately he was given a twenty second penalty at the end of the race for failing to comply with yellow flags and that put him back to eighth. The race was won by Trident's Stefano Coletti, who made the most of starting from pole, on the grid featuring a reversed top eight, following a penalty in yesterday's race for Max Chilton (Carlin) with the remaining podium places going to Josef Kral, driving for Arden and iSport's Marcus Ericsson.
The French Ferrari Driver Academy driver, who this year is also a development driver for the Ferrari Formula 1 team, started from eighth on the reversed grid, catching the leaders thanks to some spectacular passing moves. He duelled first with Romain Grosjean in the DAMS, who ended up spinning after a collision with Coloni's Michael Herck. Then Jules pulled a perfect move on Fabio Leimer, driving for Rapax, finally getting the better of Davide Valsecchi (Air Asia) to move into fourth spot with one lap to go. Unfortunately, the 20 second penalty from the Stewards dropped him back to eighth.
"I am very disappointed, but all the same, I am pleased with my race pace," said Jules after the race. "Grosjean and I came very close to touching in our fight, but I got the better of him. I gave it my all and managed to get past Valsecchi in the end to take fourth on the final lap." Overall, it was a good result, despite the penalty, as the Lotus Art driver leads the championship on 12 points.
Jules Bianchi and the rest of the GP2 Asia Series runners will be back in action at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain, next weekend for the second of the three rounds that precedes the full GP2 series.