RICCI FINISHES 15TH IN GP2 BARCELONA SPRINT RACE It was a reversal of fortunes within the DPR team at the Barcelona round of the GP2 Series today, with Michael Herck having to retire from the race at half distance and Giacomo Ricci racing...
RICCI FINISHES 15TH IN GP2 BARCELONA SPRINT RACE
It was a reversal of fortunes within the DPR team at the Barcelona round of the GP2 Series today, with Michael Herck having to retire from the race at half distance and Giacomo Ricci racing through from the back of the field to finish in 15th position.
Yesterday's main GP2 race at the Circuit de Catalunya saw Herck climb to 13th place from his back row grid slot after qualifying engine problems. Ricci was forced to retire after being caught up in a first lap incident which resulted in car damage.
Herck lined up in 15th place for the start of this morning's Sprint race, but as the field streamed through the first sequence of corners the Romanian driver was tapped from behind, sending him into a spin. Herck kept the car running and was able to recover from this incident, but it had dropped him to the back of the field. He pressed on, but accident damage compromised the handling of the car, forcing DPR's driver to pit and retire from the race on lap 13.
Ricci made a good start from the back of the grid, making up four positions by the end of the opening lap. After three laps he was able to pass Ricardo Texeira for 21st place and over the course of the 26 laps race distance he continued to improve, finally taking 15th at the chequered flag.
Leon Price, Team Manager, DPR, said after the race, "Michael was very unlucky on the opening lap. It was disappointing for him not to be able to capitalise on his grid position close to the top ten. However, he had a good pace in the first half of the race. Unfortunately there was damage to the car from the first lap contact and we ended up having to retire.
Giacomo had a much better day and was able to get his first GP2 race distance of the season under his belt. With so little time in the car during the race weekend it is very important to get as much running as possible. Having missed out on the race yesterday and starting from the back it was always going to be difficult for us to bring home a top ten finish, but under the circumstances it was an encouraging result."
The GP2 Series returns to racing action at the famed Monaco Formula 1 race weekend. Seen as the jewel in the crown of the F1 championship, DPR are looking forward to the second round of the Series at this unique event.