GP2

Rapax Monza race 2 report

Rapax Team press release

Fabio Leimer
Fabio Leimer

Photo by: GP2 Media Service

The Rapax Team completed their 2011 stint in the GP2 Main Series today at Monza in a positive fashion, by cruising to a spectacular podium finish with Fabio Leimer while Julian Leal was punted out and put out of contention on lap 1 at the Ascari complex. Starting from the outside of the front row, Leimer beat poleman Bianchi but was passed, as well as the Frenchman, by Vietoris, who cruised to the lead. After having moved back on Bianchi, who had followed into the German's path, Leimer went back to catch the tails of the leader. He tried to make his move twice, but positions stayed the same through the day and he settled for a great second-place finish, celebrating the team's last race of 2011 on the podium. The teams and drivers of GP2 won't be resting on their laurels now, with the first collective test of the postseason scheduled late this month. Rapax, as well as their rivals, will also be taking part in a non-points race meeting next November.

Fabio Leimer

“It hasn't been one of my best starts today. Like happened yesterday, I got too much wheelspin and Vietoris breeze past both me and Bianchi. Then at the following braking, Vietoris forced me to lift off early an Jules got by too. My pace was great though, and I managed to get the second spot back from him, and close in to the leader really quickly. I tried to pass him a couple of times at Roggia, but he shut the door on me and I didn't want throw away a great result with a contact, so I just settled. While I was trying to catch him, I went too hard on my rear tires, so I decided to stay in second and control the tire wear in the closing stint of the race. I really want to band myself and to the team a well-deserved podium finish in the closing race of the season."

Julian Leal

“My race lasted just a couple of corners. While braking before the Ascari chicane, I've been pushed on the grass by Gonzalez, and I was forced to hit the beakes with two wheels still on the grass. At that point I became just a passenger and went hard into the barriers. I'm quite disappointed because Gonzalez tried to do the same in the straight before, changing lanes multiple times, and pulling alongside him proved quite difficult. I find hard to accept such an ending, without a single lap completed, after all the work done with the team."

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series GP2
Tags leal, leimer, rapax

Latest gp2 photos

Yas Marina
GP2

Yas Marina

548 photos
Monza
GP2

Monza

352 photos
Spa-Francorchamps
GP2

Spa-Francorchamps

414 photos
Hungaroring
GP2

Hungaroring

310 photos
Hockenheim
GP2

Hockenheim

309 photos
Silverstone
GP2

Silverstone

370 photos
Spielberg
GP2

Spielberg

184 photos
View more gp2 photos

User photos

f1ramsay
GP2

f1ramsay

24 photos
gloster
GP2

gloster

2 photos
SanpedroAlice
GP2

SanpedroAlice

2 photos
JL06
GP2

JL06

23 photos
Upload photo