Adrian Zaugg stormed from 21st on the grid to finish seventh in the first of this weekend's two GP2 Series events at the Hungaroring. In the process, the South African earned himself two championship points -- and a front-row grid slot for Sunday...
Adrian Zaugg stormed from 21st on the grid to finish seventh in the first of this weekend's two GP2 Series events at the Hungaroring. In the process, the South African earned himself two championship points -- and a front-row grid slot for Sunday morning's sprint race.
Zaugg and team-mate Bruno Senna both came in early for their mandatory tyre stops, but while Adrian subsequently made solid progress on a clear track, the Brazilian struggled with an ill-handling car and eventually came home 13th. The race ran behind a Safety Car for several laps after Super Nova driver Luca Filippi crashed heavily on the pit straight and sparked a chain-reaction accident that also involved Alexandre Negrão (Minardi Piquet Sports) and Vitaly Petrov (Campos). All three drivers were unhurt.
"That was a very tiring race and I have a lot of work to do if I'm going to be any quicker tomorrow. The car was hard to drive today -- we made a lot of balance changes that affected its handling. I had a near miss with Timo Glock at one point, when I locked a rear wheel under braking. That was pretty close, but my main concern is working with the team to conjure some positive changes for tomorrow."
"That was tough! Pitting early was the right strategy and enabled me to get some good laps on a clear track. I had to drive very defensively once again -- particularly during the final 15 laps, when I had four cars on my tail. I focused, though, and scored some points -- a great improvement given where I started. Like Bruno, I also had an incident with Timo Glock. He clipped the rear of my car at one corner, but there was no damage so I pushed on."