Chandhok secures first win of the season to spearhead iSport podium double Karun Chandhok ended a run of miserable Sunday luck to win this morning's GP2 Series sprint race at Hockenheim. The Indian was beaten away from pole position, but he had...
Chandhok secures first win of the season to spearhead iSport podium double
Karun Chandhok ended a run of miserable Sunday luck to win this morning's GP2 Series sprint race at Hockenheim. The Indian was beaten away from pole position, but he had to wait only until the third lap to assume the lead after passing Lucas di Grassi (Campos) as they exited the hairpin. From then on he controlled the pace and resisted an extended period of pressure from Andreas Zuber (Piquet Sports) to score the second win of his GP2 career.
By the end of the race the top two had to keep a wary eye on the second iSport Dallara of Bruno Senna, who put in a stirring recovery drive after a slow start left him down in eighth place at the end of the opening lap. He eventually finished third, just 1.274s behind his team-mate.
"That's the first time I have scored points on a Sunday this year - and there couldn't have been a better way to do it. I didn't get a great start. The team fitted a new clutch overnight and I just didn't manage to find the sweet spot. I got far too much wheelspin off the line, but I wasn't too worried because I saw yesterday that Lucas di Grassi wears his tyres harder than we do - he was already starting to get sideways on the second lap. I sold him a nice dummy at the hairpin next time around and that was that.
"It was a tough race, because I had a lot of pressure from Zuber, and in the later stages Bruno was catching both of us. I just focused on my own race, though, and it feels fantastic to win again. I'd also like to thank iSport - it's a great team and I really enjoy working with everyone here."
"I made a slow start and things were tough for the first few laps, because I had to fight my way past quite a few cars. I was pushing hard, trying to force others into errors, and that took its toll on my tyres. Once I had worked my way up to third I backed off for a couple of laps, to stabilise tyre pressures, and then I attacked again in an effort to catch the first two. If the race had lasted another couple of laps I think I could probably have taken second, but I'll settle for another good, solid result that keeps me in the thick of the championship battle."