Gonzalez looks forward to Silverstone after difficult Valencia weekend
Venezuelan GP2 racer Rodolfo Gonzalez is looking for better luck this weekend when the GP2 championship arrives at the British round at Silverstone.
Having spent many years based in Attleborough, Norfolk he spent several seasons competing on British circuits, including Silverstone, winning races in British F3 (National class).
The last races on the street circuit at Valencia had promised much but the potential wasn’t met.
In qualifying Gonzalez only managed to qualify in 24th place and after qualifying he commented “I haven't felt comfortable with the car since the very beginning, and together with my engineers we opted for some set-up changes. Unfortunately though, I haven't been able to collect new feedback as the red flags and the high traffic on-track prevented me from taking full advantage of my second set of new tyres”.
Moving onto Race 1 Gonzalez had an aggressive first stint of the race, getting up as high as 8th place (and potential pole for race 2) but a mistake on lap 8 and a general fade in the car's performances plagued his run as he was forced to give several spots away in the closing stages and ended up in 15th place.
As Gonzalez commented after “I believe I really gave the best I could today. The start has been good for me and for much part of the race I kept defending my position by battling my way into the points zone. In the second part of the race I experienced a progressive fade in the car's performance as the tyres started to wear out badly. It's a pity, because I thought I could have had a shot at the 8th place with a chance to start from the pole on tomorrow's race 2.”
The Race 2 was short lived for Gonzalez as he ended up in an unavaoidable accident hitting the spun Grosjean and then being hit by Pic A deflated Gonzalez said afterwards “I really don't have much to say. When I exited the second chicane I got my line blocked by the spun car of Grosjean and couldn't do anything to avoid a contact. I didn't get lots of damage, but Pic, who was following me, literally jumped on my car. I hope for a much luckier start at Silverstone!”
The next two races take place on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit supporting Formula 1, with the races on 9th & 10th July.
by: Chris Roberts/WiderViewPhoto