MARVELLOUS RESULT FOR BARWA INTERNATIONAL CAMPOS TEAM IN QATAR. TWO PODIUM POSITIONS. SERGIO PEREZ 2ND AND VITALY PETROV 3RD The first GP2 race, which took place today in Qatar, was the first in this class to be raced at night under ...
MARVELLOUS RESULT FOR BARWA INTERNATIONAL CAMPOS TEAM IN QATAR.
TWO PODIUM POSITIONS. SERGIO PEREZ 2ND AND VITALY PETROV 3RD
The first GP2 race, which took place today in Qatar, was the first in this class to be raced at night under floodlights. The drivers of the Spanish Barwa International Campos Team, whose main sponsor is from Qatar, has placed both drivers on the winner's rostrum, with Sergio Perez finishing second and Vitaly Petrov in third position.
The start of the race turned out to be very complicated because the driver of the Art team , Yamamoto went wide, causing a spectacular crash, with both Gonzalez and Buurman being involved in the carnage. This meant that the cars had to follow the Safety Car for the next five laps and in each one of those laps the cars had to drive through the pit lane, as the finishing straight was full of debris left from the incident at the start of the race.
Sergio Perez made a fantastic start and from the dirty side of the track. He managed to get to the first bend in first place and he stayed there during the period of the Safety Car. Once the race restarted it was clear for all to see that the three drivers who had dominated the practice sessions were also going to dominate the race. Sergio, who made a reasonably early pit stop, got back on the track just behind Petrov and after a few bends he managed to get past his team-mate and with a better race rhythm was able to climb positions, until he was back in second place which he managed to hold on to till the end, despite a late pressure from his Russian team-mate.
Vitaly Petrov, held on comfortably to his third place at the start and wasn't pushed by his rivals. On the tenth lap he took the risky decision of coming into the pits to change the left sided tyres. He was far and away the first driver to come in and it meant that he found himself in a lowly fifteenth position when he came back out on the track. Petrov started his fight back and he climbed through the field to third place, where he would finish just behind his team mate. Their private battle at the end demonstrated clearly that there are no team orders in Barwa International Campos Team.
After this race, Sergio Perez, the youngest driver in the field, doesn't just hold on to his sixth position in the overall rankings but it has also meant that he has closed the gap on the leaders. Vitaly Petrov has also improved on his championship ranking and has moved up to a menacing seventh overall. Barwa International Campos Team, after having picked up 14 points in only one race, have moved up to second position in the race for the team title.
Sergio Perez: "It has been a very confusing race. I didn't really understand what was happening. When I came into the pits we had a little problem with the rear wheel and we got back on track behind Vitaly and I didn't know who else was out in front nor what had happened to Nico. I made a good start but after the safety car I was pulling away from Hulkeberg and I was called into the pits. When I went out again I had to get past Vitaly and I fought as hard as I could until I started to have tyre problems and Vitaly was able to get to me again but I held on without making any mistakes.
We are going to get as many points as we can for the team championship. I can't really think about the driver's title just yet as we are still a long way behind Kobayashy. I'm still a rookie and I'm very happy with my results. I'm learning a lot and I'm getting to know more about the GP2 Series. Tomorrow I will try to improve on my start position but it's really difficult overtaking".
Vitaly Petrov: "I didn't make a very good start. Before my pit stop I was going quicker than Sergio and Nico but my tyres almost immediately started letting me down and I was forced to come in very early. Because of this I've had to take care of my front tyres. When I saw Sergio behind on fresh tyres I had to let him past, but as the laps went by I got to be quicker than him again until I caught up with him once more but it's difficult to overtake here without taking any risks.
Tomorrow I will try to make a good start and improve my position. Here you can't go too quickly because of the wear on the tyres and you simply have to wait for a mistake in front. I hope to get another good result".