Pastor Maldonado (Rapax) and Sergio Perez (Barwa Addax Team) both won races at Hockenheim on Bridgestone's medium compound dry tyre, Maldonado extending his lead in the championship. Heavy rain during Friday's sessions challenged...
Pastor Maldonado (Rapax) and Sergio Perez (Barwa Addax Team) both won races at Hockenheim on Bridgestone's medium compound dry tyre, Maldonado extending his lead in the championship.
Heavy rain during Friday's sessions challenged the drivers as the teams were running a dry set-up, being caught out by the need to utilise Bridgestone's wet specification tyre. The wet conditions meant limited time for the GP2 teams to develop their car set-up during the weekend, with the rain also delaying track evolution.
Maldonado and Perez started well in Saturday's 38 lap feature race, following each other into the first corner, with Maldonado setting himself up for his fourth feature race win of the season. Having taken pole position in the wet, Arden International's Charles Pic was slow off the line and finished third behind Perez. Jules Bianchi (ART Grand Prix) set the fastest time on the penultimate lap having managed his tyres well.
In Sunday's 27 lap sprint race, Perez drove his way to the front from seventh, finishing 6.3 seconds ahead of Oliver Turvey (iSport). Meanwhile Adrian Zaugg gave Trident Racing its first podium of the season by taking third place. The last championship point of the weekend went to Perez for the quickest lap.
Venezuela's Maldonado now has 66 points at the top of the drivers' championship standings, followed by Mexican driver Perez on 45 and Spaniard Dani Clos (Racing Engineering) on 43. Rapax continue their lead in the teams' championship with 86 points, Barwa Addax Team is in second place on 72. ART Grand Prix is third with 63.
Budapest will host the seventh round of the GP2 Series on 30 July - 1 August, with Bridgestone's soft GP2 dry tyre being in use at this next venue.
Quote from Hirohide Hamashima - Director of Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development
"Pastor Maldonado started well on Saturday in the feature race, with some exciting overtaking taking place among the drivers before the tyre change. Maldonado dominated on-track, managed his tyres well and controlled his lap times to maintain his lead in the second half of the race. On Sunday Perez drove impressively showing good overtaking at the hairpin to take his third victory of the season. Both winners here in Hockenheim won the same races at the previous venue in Silverstone, and it will be interesting to see if Perez can now close the gap on Maldonado in the drivers' championship. Bridgestone is pleased to have seen both the wet and dry GP2 tyres perform well under the diverse weather conditions experienced here this weekend."