DPR LOOKING FORWARD NOT BACK After 23 races at 12 circuits in 9 different countries, the inaugural GP2 series reached its conclusion today in the Kingdom of Bahrain. While it was champagne and cheers for some, it was a case of reflection on...
DPR LOOKING FORWARD NOT BACK
After 23 races at 12 circuits in 9 different countries, the inaugural GP2 series reached its conclusion today in the Kingdom of Bahrain. While it was champagne and cheers for some, it was a case of reflection on what might have been for others, amongst whom was DPR.
"Well, it was another pretty grim weekend for us here", said a disconsolate David Price. "Olivier had a massive gearbox failure in the warm up which meant he didn't even take the start of race two, and then Giorgio got hit by another car, flat spotted his tyres and could do nothing more than keep going. Having said all that, Olivier got the second fastest lap of the race yesterday, and our performances in the warm up this morning proved that we still have a quick car. For Giorgio, it was always going to be an uphill struggle. Starting half way through the GP2 season with a lack of testing experience was extremely difficult for him.
"We badly lacked consistency through the season and should have been able to figure in the results more often than we did. We were right on the pace at Barcelona and Monaco, and again at Silverstone, Hockenheim and Hungaroring. But, we haven't had a win since July, and should have had three during the season instead of two [DPR was leading in Hungary when mechanical failure sidelined Pla]. On the plus side, we've run more races than some others, had fastest laps and, I think, done a reasonable job. Unfortunately we lost a bit of impetus towards the end of the year and didn't get the results we expected of ourselves.
"Now we need to strike a line under the 2005 season and immediately start to make our preparations for next year, beginning at the test in ten days time at Paul Ricard. It's not confirmed yet who our drivers will be for 2006, but I know that when people look past a points table they'll see that DPR is capable of being right up there with the best in the series. We have the pace, we have the people, and now we have the experience and data to back it up."