Luiz Razia drove a solid race today to collect his second trophy of the season finishing third on todays GP2 Budapest podium.
Starting from pole the Brazilian got a good start, but Marcus Ericsson flew off his grid position to take the lead at turn one. Battling with tyre degradation Luiz pitted on lap sixteen for two new rear tyres, rejoining the race in sixth place. The latter stages of the race saw him fiercely battle for his final P3 position, after an exciting 39 laps.
Caterham Team AirAsia took an extreme strategy for Davide Valsecchi, who was the first man to pit today. Fighting from the back of the grid the Italian made up an impressive fourteen position to run twelfth until his car was hit on the last lap. Having shown good pace, Davide finally finished the race in sixteenth position.
Now fourth in the Teams championship Caterham Team AirAsia are optimistic more points can be collected in tomorrow's Sunday sprint race.
Phill Spencer: "I am really pleased all in all. Luiz had a great race, he got a good start but was caught by Ericsson in the first corner. He was running in a strong second position when we called him in, we lost some time in the pit stop and he came out in sixth place. But he drove a determined race and showed good pace to finish on the podium, so we have another trophy to add to the collection! As for Davide, we pitted him early and got him back out in some free air when he did some very quick laps. Eventually he was running twelfth on the last lap, but he had an altercation with another car which resulted in him finishing sixteenth. Tomorrow Luiz will start sixth on the grid, so we aim to collect some more points for sure!"
Luiz Razia (Best time 1:33.756/ P3): "The race was very up and down for me, I went from first to sixth, but in the end we had a good rhythm with the car and it was very good during the race. We need to analyse the start. I got off the grid reasonably well, but Ericsson got a better start and took the lead. We think we pitted a little late, we were thinking about the second stint and wanted to make sure we had a good car, as it turned out we had a very good car. We lost out on a victory today but I am very pleased to be on the podium. Overall we have got eight points which will help the team in the championship."
On a positive note, my engineers did a great job today.
Davide Valsecchi (Best time 1:34.265/ P16): "We were competitive today but unfortunately we had too much ground to cover to finish in the points starting from the back of the grid. We made an extreme strategy and pitted very early, I managed to gain fourteen positions to run P12 until I was hit from behind on the last lap. We lost four places so in the end I finished P16. On a positive note, my engineers did a great job today, we had a good pace and I defended well, so let's see what we can do tomorrow"
Humphrey Corbett: "Luiz drove very well today but we didn't have the pace we expected at the start. I think we could have pitted him a lap or two earlier, but he pushed very hard and was happy with the car, he said it felt perfect, so to finish third is fantastic. For Davide we used a very different strategy. We thought tyre degradation would be very high here, but as it turns out it wasn't as bad as we thought. We brought him in early seeing that he was stuck behind other cars - He was a second a lap quicker so we took a bit of a risk and brought him in very early but I think it paid off. He was running P12 from P26 but unfortunately he came together with Carlins driver Aleshin and he dropped back four places. But they were both quite competitive so we are happy. As for tomorrow I'd quite like it to rain! I say we go for it and aim for another podium!"
Sunday race: 1030hrs (local time)