PODIUM PLACE FOR SERGIO PEREZ. VAN DER GARDE FINISHES 5TH. GOOD RESULTS FOR BARWA ADDAX TEAM IN HUNGARY. The first race took place today in the GP2 Series at the Hungaroring circuit as part of the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend.
PODIUM PLACE FOR SERGIO PEREZ. VAN DER GARDE FINISHES 5TH.
GOOD RESULTS FOR BARWA ADDAX TEAM IN HUNGARY.
The first race took place today in the GP2 Series at the Hungaroring circuit as part of the Hungarian Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend. The Barwa Addax Team drivers have had great performances, with Sergio Perez finishing on the winner's rostrum and Giedo van der Garde passing the chequered flag in the fifth place.
The race was marked by a number of incidents which meant that the race had to be restarted twice. The second time the race had to be restarted behind the safety car, after a serious accident had forced the race to be red flagged. The two drivers involved, Bianchi and Ho-Pin Tung were injured and had to be evacuated in an ambulance to a medical clinic in the city. There was yet another red flag with ten laps to go.
Sergio Perez has once more given us a great exhibition of driving. After a flying start he finished the first lap in third place, having started from seventh on the grid. He took many risks throughout the race to gain second place with constant attacks in an attempt to overtake Vietoris. He was the first to come in for a pit stop to ensure that he was not held up by the German driver. Late on in the race the Mexican driver tried overtaking late on the brakes and, on the last but one lap, was about to come off track at the end of the main straight or be overtaken by the rival just behind, which caused more than a fright to the pit wall team. In the end he managed to hold on to his podium place and maintain his great run of form.
Giedo van der Garde made a tremendous start, one of the best in the championship this season. From his tenth place start on the grid, he found a gap on the inside line and hit the brakes hard and late to force his way into fourth position at the first corner. Simply sensational. He drove a good solid race from this moment on. When he came back out on track, after making his pit stop with compulsory change of at least two tyres, he was tucked in just behind team-mate Sergio, which gives a good indication of the kind of race he was having. He was without doubt one of the drivers to be most affected by the incidents because he had built up important differences, which disappeared when the safety car came out. He finished in a very creditable fifth place, showing once more that he is one of the most consistent drivers in the championship.
Sergio is the only driver left in the field who can challenge for the title with the overall leader of the category and he remains second overall, having pulled away from his immediate rivals in the championship. Giedo stays in fifth position overall, closing in on the two drivers ahead of him in the championship and at the same time stretching away from the drivers behind him.
Barwa Addax Team also holds on its second position in the general classification in the constructor's championship and has increased the advantage on pursuing rivals thanks to all the points picked up in today's race.
The second sprint race will take place tomorrow morning and will be over 28 laps, covering a distance of 122.628 kilometres. The race starts at 10.35 hrs local time and Giedo will start from fourth and Sergio from sixth thanks to their positions in today's race.