Victory in the first race of this weekend's GP2 Series' sixth round at the Silverstone Circuit went to local racer Lewis Hamilton, who notched his fourth season success driving an ART Grand Prix Dallara-Renault. Former Formula One racer Timo Glock...
Victory in the first race of this weekend's GP2 Series' sixth round at the Silverstone Circuit went to local racer Lewis Hamilton, who notched his fourth season success driving an ART Grand Prix Dallara-Renault. Former Formula One racer Timo Glock and the pole sitter, Adam Carroll, completed the podium places.
After the fantastic victory that Hamilton took two weeks ago on the tight streets of Monaco, the Brit had today notched another great achievement by winning his home race in front of the British fans.
"It was a superb victory for me. Again it was emotional, like Monaco, but I think this tops Monaco. England won the football today, and for a British driver to win as well, for me to win as well, here at Silverstone, it's a really special feeling for me, and I'm really happy with it", commented the winner.
The GP2 competition took place while England was playing its World Cup opener against Paraguay -- where the Europeans won 1-0 -- and on track, Hamilton started from second on the grid and dominated from the minute that he left Racing Engineering's Carroll behind. This was the second time in the season that he celebrates two consecutive races wins. The first time was in both of the race competitions in Nurburgring.
Three times during the race the safety car came out for different situations, something that affected Hamilton's gap in the lead each time. But the winner managed the situation in the right way.
"I think at the start of the race, obviously I think I had a five second lead or something. I lost that gap but it was quite early on in the race, so it wasn't really a problem. I just had to make sure I did a good restart."
"On one of the restarts Timo was right close to me and it was tricky. I think through the first couple of corners he was right on my tail, but I managed to hold him off and pull out a gap. And on the next restart I did better and he didn't come in my way, so it was good", Lewis explained.
Hamilton completed the 36 laps in just over an hour -- 1:00:53.888 -- and now has a comfortable advantage in the standings, where he now leads with 60 against 44 points for Nelson A. Piquet, who was fourth today.
The young Brit took all points possible today adding to the victory two more units for the fastest lap of the race that Hamilton catched two laps before the chequered flag. "I didn't know if I had the quicket time or not so I pushed as fast as possible. It was a hairy lap, it really was, especially in the last couple of corners. I made a few mistakes in the final few corners, but it all worked out good", he said.
German racer Glock brought home a fantastic result in his debut with iSport International after being in BCN Competition in the opening five rounds of the year.
"I mean it's great to be back on the podium. It's what I expected from the beginning but I couldn't go the same speed as the top guys with BCN. The opportunity was there on Wednesday to come to iSport, to change team, and that's what we did. I think it was the right decision and our race was pretty good", Glock mentioned.
Until today's second place in Silverstone, a fourth position in race two of San Marino was the top result for Glock in the season.
The German had time to analyse tomorrow's sprint race starting from seventh place in the grid: "We will see. It's difficult here for the rear tyres to go all the way on one set, so I think you have to save it a little bit at the beginning and try to be hard in the last 10-15 laps to maybe get close to the top five again but it will be difficult to overtake".
Irish racer Carroll started from pole position in the race, and received the chequered flag on third, 6.145 seconds from the winner.
"It's good to get to a podium and 8 points so far this weekend but it's just unfortunate we couldn't get to the chequered flag first. I know I did the best I could but we have a lot of work to do on the car" said the 23-year-old driver.
Carroll expects to take a few more points in Sunday's sprint race and then focus in the official tests that the sereis will have in Paul Ricard before the French event.
Second in the standings, Piquet, ended-up in fourth place, same position he started the competition. "I got some points and I will go for some more tomorrow. I think the start of tomorrow's race might be a bit of a mess, but I will try hard and my aim is to do another good start, fight hard in the race and get a podium", the Brazilean scured.
Point places were completed by Italian Giorgio Pantano in fifth followed by ART's racer Alexandre Premat, Cilvio Piccione in one of the DPR Direxiv team cars and Spaniard Felix Porteiro.
Dams's racer Ferdinando Monfardini is staying under medical observation tonight after his crash in today's race. The medical staff did not mention any major problem but preferred to keep him as a precaution and asked him to withdraw from tomorrow's sprint race.
The Italian was on his way to scring more points as he entered the top 8 at mid-distance of today's long race, when he lots control of the car and hit the wall.
Tomorrow at 09.30 local time, the sprint race (24 laps) will take place with Porteiro starting from the top position due to today's eighth place finish.