LITTLE REWARD FOR FINE RACE FROM SERGIO PEREZ. 9th. GIEDO FORCED TO RETIRE WHEN HE WAS LYING 7th. After a lengthy break, the Asia GP2 Series got under way once more at the Yas Marina circuit of Abu Dhabi with the first race of ...
LITTLE REWARD FOR FINE RACE FROM SERGIO PEREZ. 9th.
GIEDO FORCED TO RETIRE WHEN HE WAS LYING 7th.
After a lengthy break, the Asia GP2 Series got under way once more at the Yas Marina circuit of Abu Dhabi with the first race of this weekend's competition. The Barwa Addax Team drivers had an unfortunate day, with Sergio Perez finishing 9th and GiedoVan der Garde being forced to retire after an accident.
Sergio Perez drove a fine race but was left without points and had to settle for a 9th place, just one place behind tomorrow's pole position driver, scant reward for such a dynamic race. The Mexican driver can take heart because, after a great start, he managed to climb to 6th and was in the leading group of drivers, a position which he was able to consolidate until an unfortunate pit stop relegated him to the back of the field. Sergio was forced to come into the pits once more, which more or less took away any faint hopes he might have had of finishing among the leaders. Nevertheless, he never gave up fighting and clearly demonstrated that he should have been in one of the more priveleged positions at the end of the race after driving ten consecutive laps at record pace. This impressive race rhythm meant he was able to claw himself back to ninth and almost into a point scoring position. Sergio has clearly overtaken more rivals than any other driver in the race.
Giedo Van der Garde also had very little luck on his side. He made a very good start which pushed him up to seventh place. Despite graining problems on the rear left tyre after his compulsory pit stop, he was still able to defend his 7th position with the calm head of a veteran, a position which would have given him a couple of points as well as a great position on the starting grid for tomorrow's second sprint race. However his hopes were blown away when he hit the brakes on a dirty part of the track, causing the car to come off the track and collide with a guard rail. He was forced to retire, which was a real pity because he was driving hard to stay in among the points and was competing against the best, despite being affected by the graining problems which caused lack of adherence.
Even though the Barwa Addax Team drivers were experiencing the Abu Dhabi circuit for the first time, both give the impression that they are going to put on a good show for tomorrow's second race, providing of course they have better luck than today.
Tomorrow the second race at the Yas Marinas circuit will take place over 22 laps, covering a distance of approximately 122 kms. The start will be at 18.00hrs local time.