Barwa Addax Team Remain Leaders, Van Der Garde 2nd Overall Pic 3rd
Bad Luck In A Terribly Complicated Race.
In what were very difficult conditions, the second GP2 Series race took place today as part of the German Grand Prix at the German circuit of Nurburgring. The drivers of Barwa Addax Team have had a very bad time of things and unfortunately neither of them were able to finish the race.
Giedo van der Garde, only lasted three corners, after having got off to a flying start in which he led at the first corner but had terrible problems in finding any sort of grip on such a wet track. He was immediately attacked and the conditions were not the ideal to defend his position. The two drivers made contact leaving both of them out of the race. It was a real shame for the Dutch driver because Giedo was in such fine form and looked set to drive a great race today and put pressure on the overall leader of the event.
Charles Pic drove a very good race but with his car set up for extreme wet conditions, he started to lose ground steadily. It wasn’t long before he and the team decided to take the risk of coming into the pits to change for slicks. From this moment on Pic started climbing through the field and moved up to fourth position. He had guaranteed points with the hope that up front an incident or two might improve his placing. However the stewards, in what was a rigorous decision, given the conditions, decided to penalize him for crossing a white line at the pit lane exit. With the team looking for some kind of explanation for the penalty they delayed informing the driver and as he hadn’t passed through pit lane within the time stipulated, he was black flagged and disqualified. Yet another stroke of bad luck for Charles who had overcome adverse circumstances during the race only to be penalized later.
Despite everything, Barwa Addax Team leave Germany having increased their overall lead from 13 to 16 points and now stand at the top of the rankings on 75 points. Dams are second on 59, and iSport International have a total of 54 points. Giedo Van der Garde remains second overall in the general classification with team mate Charles Pic third. With the team leading the race for the team title and both drivers in the top three, the Spanish outfit has reason to feel satisfied with the way things are going.
There is very little time to dwell on success or failure because the next event in the GP2 Series takes place next weekend as part of the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit between the 29th – 31st of July, after which there will be a three week break from the competition.
by: Barwa Addax Team