Timo Glock claimed the victory in the sprint race in the GP2 Series event at Istanbul Park and took back the lead in the standings that he had lost yesterday in the hands of Lucas Di Grassi, who did not achieve points today. An accident...
Timo Glock claimed the victory in the sprint race in the GP2 Series event at Istanbul Park and took back the lead in the standings that he had lost yesterday in the hands of Lucas Di Grassi, who did not achieve points today.
An accident between racer leader Karun Chandhok and Kazuki Nakajima 12 laps before the chequered flag gifted Glock the win and a two-point lead over Di Grassi in the championship; it also put an end to the racing activity of GP2 in Turkey.
"It's very frustrating when you have only one good race on a weekend, and yesterday we were frustrated by the safety car and a decision that I have to say was quite difficult, it's frustrating when you know you are the quickest guy out there and you can't take it to the end, so today really showed the performance of the team", Glock commented.
For the former Formula One reserve driver to leave Istanbul being the standings leader could be of major importance after Di Grassi`s victory on Saturday.
"This win is only for the mechanics, because they are perfect. In the end it is great to fight back, and when you look back and see how many races we had without points, six races is quite frustrating because I think we showed today we are the guys to beat, but we have to take it like it is and from this point on we will never give up, and I think that will be the key factor", the winner added.
Brazilean driver Alex Negrao was able to close a good weekend taking second spot in the podium and some points for the championship. "It's fantastic. It's just amazing. The start I didn't make a really good start. I think Nakajima jumped really good. After Glock in the beginning had incredible pace and he passed me - I couldn't hold him and I didn't want to hold him too much to not lose pace, so we opened the gap and I made one mistake and the guys caught me again and I opened the gap again.
"Then Nakajima had an accident so I catch the second position. In the end Carroll was a bit quicker than me and I think I could push again and keep the pace", Negrao explained.
Adam Carroll also had a very good weekend repeating the podium he got yesterday in race one. "I've had a podium here ever year, and if you've got the car it's good. It's a real driver's circuit with high speed corners, low speed corners: it's a good place, and it's hot so it's a good test for everybody, and the long turn in is a good one to just keep it in there, and I had a good balance so I was very, very fast in both races through there. And the team has worked very hard: we've got five podiums, two wins, a second and two thirds, so it's pretty good considering. More points for the championship, and then we go to Monza which is another good circuit, we had a good set up last year and hopefully we'll do the same.
The championship points chase shows Glock as leader with 66 points, followed by Di Grassi who has 64, as Luca Filippi remains in third position with 37.
The next round for GP2 series will be on the Monza circuit in Italy, from September 7th to September 9th.