FASTEST LAP MAKES UP FOR PAIN IN SPAIN When Ryan Sharp set the fastest lap of today's 'sprint' race in Barcelona this weekend, it earned him his first points of the GP2 Series. A failure in the car's electrical system, resulting in loss of power...
FASTEST LAP MAKES UP FOR PAIN IN SPAIN
When Ryan Sharp set the fastest lap of today's 'sprint' race in Barcelona this weekend, it earned him his first points of the GP2 Series. A failure in the car's electrical system, resulting in loss of power to his DPR Dallara-Renault, caused him to pull off the track just 9 laps before the end of yesterday's 39-lap event. Had this not occurred, the Scot would have undoubtedly been savouring his first podium placing of the series as he was running in 5th place with three of the drivers in front of him still yet to make their compulsory pit stops.
Ryan, who has been suffering from a pinched nerve between his shoulder blades, got to grips with the fast, 4.7km (2.9 miles) Calalunyan track and qualified in 7th position after a difficult session with many yellow flags. Due to not finishing yesterday's race, he was back in 15th place for the second grid of the weekend but was unfortunately one of several cars on the grid to have problems with the getaway.
Ryan Sharp: "I didn't know how much time I'd lost on the grid so I was pushing really hard and starting to catch people. The car felt it was really coming to me. When the safety car came out [after Premat's accident] it bunched everyone up and I pushed hard again after that hoping to make up some places. When that didn't happen, I knew I had to go for fastest lap. I was on the radio a lot and had the pit boards so knew what I had to do.
"I came here to Barcelona a bit apprehensive about how it was going to go as I wasn't fast in the test. But we changed the car and did a good job, the car was really quick -- DPR was the only team to have two cars on the pace all weekend. We've still got 19 races to go so it's a long way from finished."
For Frenchman Olivier Pla, excellent promise in practice and a grid position of 5th unfortunately came to nothing as he finished neither race. He too had software problems on the grid for yesterday's first race, but drove well through the field to climb as high as 9th and was on course to claim 8th and a potential pole position for today's second race.
However, a spin off the track, causing considerable damage, put paid to those hopes and the team worked till 4am this morning to repair the car. Unfortunately a similar occurrence today, when Olivier got too close to people in front of him, ran wide and spun off on the dirty side of the track, meant that he never had the opportunity to fulfil his potential.
Team Principal, David Price: "Despite what's happened, I'm still pretty upbeat. Everything the team did was right this weekend, from set up to strategy to pitstops. Absolutely first class. It's just a shame the results didn't reflect the performance on the track."