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Hockenheimring: iSport race one report

iSport team-mates notch up double points finish in chaotic race Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok finished fourth and eighth in the opening GP2 Series race at Hockenheim - despite a late-race downpour that caused a spate of accidents. Starting ...

iSport team-mates notch up double points finish in chaotic race

Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok finished fourth and eighth in the opening GP2 Series race at Hockenheim - despite a late-race downpour that caused a spate of accidents.

Starting sixth, Senna ran fifth in the early stages and then pulled off one of the race's best moves to wrest fourth from Lucas di Grassi. He was pushing Sébastien Buemi for third when the heavens opened. and after running wide across the grass he dived into the pits for wets. With track conditions partially wet and partially dry, and drivers circulating on both types of tyre, the race ended in a flurry of spins. Senna kept his cool, though, and crossed the line in fourth place.

Chandhok made a great start to move up from 10th to seventh - and then gained another place after the tyre stops. He, too, pitted for wet tyres when the rain came: this ultimately cost him track position, although eighth place gives him pole position for tomorrow morning's sprint race.

Bruno Senna
"The rain made things very, very difficult at the end, although I did quite enjoy the challenge. The team decided to gamble on a switch to wets and I think it was the right call, but we just needed a few more laps to gain maximum advantage.

"In the end, I'm pretty sure I'd have finished on the podium if conditions had remained dry. It was frustrating to be stuck behind di Grassi for so long, because I was potentially much faster and being bottled behind him caused my front tyres to suffer. Consequently, the car didn't feel quite as good once I'd worked my way past him, but I was still quicker than Buemi and fairly sure I'd be able to take third. But then it rained."

Karun Chandhok
"Things went well in the first half of the race, although there wasn't a great deal happening on the track. I pushed like hell during the laps coming up to my pit stop - that and a good 'out' lap enabled me to gain a place on Javier Villa. I was able to maintain a decent pace even though I had one or two problems with my brakes - on one lap that almost caused me to run off at the Sachskurve. I'd pretty much accepted that I wasn't going to gain any more ground when it began to rain.

"Ultimately that dropped me a place or two, but it was the safest option in the conditions and I will be doing everything I can to win from pole tomorrow. I haven't scored a single point on a Sunday this season and it is high time that changed."

-credit: isport

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Series GP2
Drivers Karun Chandhok , Lucas di Grassi , Bruno Senna , Sébastien Buemi , Javier Villa