SUPERB SECOND AT SEPANG FOR FAIRUZ FAUZY IN HOME RACE Sepang, Malaysia -- Racing in front of his home crowd Fairuz Fauzy claimed a brilliant second place in a thrilling GP2 Asia Series support race to the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix....
SUPERB SECOND AT SEPANG FOR FAIRUZ FAUZY IN HOME RACE
Sepang, Malaysia -- Racing in front of his home crowd Fairuz Fauzy claimed a brilliant second place in a thrilling GP2 Asia Series support race to the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix. Fairuz was delighted with his performance in difficult conditions, which saw the race red-flagged early on after a rain storm hit the Malaysian track.
The Super Nova ace overcame the dramas and was delighted to stand on the podium at his home fixture. "It's such a fantastic feeling to get this result and to see all my family, sponsors and friends here to support me," he said. "I have to thank them and also the Super Nova team for giving me such a great car. For a Malaysian to stand on the podium in his home country at a Formula 1 support race too -- is truly a great feeling."
Starting sixth, the number eight machine immediately inherited two places when both the front row starting men, Romain Grosjean and Karun Chandhok stalled. But then a cloud burst on the opening lap caused mayhem as cars spun off in all directions.
With so many cars out, the decision was taken to stop the race. Brilliantly Fairuz had avoided the trouble and was running in third position at the time of the red-flag.
"Because the track has been resurfaced at Sepang, the rain made it extremely slippery and so it was the most sensible decision to make as there were a lot of cars off around the circuit," said the 25-year-old.
Fairuz switched to wet tyres and the race was restarted half an hour later behind the safety car. While running a cool third, Fairuz was keeping Ho-Ping Tung and Vitaly Petrov at bay, but when Tung spun, his Super Nova team decided it was time to switch Fairuz to slick rubber. It might have been a lap too soon, as Fairuz ran wide at the final hairpin.
"It was difficult out there because my car was on a dry-weather set-up and I started to get some oversteer once my rear tyres had worn out. So we made the decision to come in for dry tyres, but it was still quite wet. I soon found a dry line and then the leaders in front of me pitted for dry tyres too."
The local ace's bid for victory was dashed when he was slowed while trying to lap backmarker Diego Nunes. But second place was a fine achievement given the tricky conditions.
"I saw the leader Vitaly come out of the pits in front of me and I could have caught him, but I was blocked by Nunes and although the marshals were showing him the blue flags to get him to move out of the way, I lost too much time, which was disappointing."
The Malaysian held the second quickest lap time of the race and his podium finish gives Fairuz the runners-up position in the GP2 Asia Series championship, just eight points behind Romain Grosjean.
"After starting sixth a second place finish is great, considering all the problems with the rain and the tyre stops. It's a fantastic result for me and the points battle, all I need to do now is go one better in the Sprint Race tomorrow!"