The ART Grand Prix team left the heat of Budapest with two fourth placed finishes to their credit, both courtesy of Lucas di Grassi on the Hungaroring circuit. After leading the early laps of race, brilliantly passing Timo Glock and Andi Zuber...
The ART Grand Prix team left the heat of Budapest with two fourth placed finishes to their credit, both courtesy of Lucas di Grassi on the Hungaroring circuit.
After leading the early laps of race, brilliantly passing Timo Glock and Andi Zuber from his third placed grid slot, the young Brazilian made a mistake that saw him run wide at turn eleven, allowing Giorgio Pantano to take the place. He pitted two laps later but emerged behind the hard charging Kazuki and eventually finished fourth while Adam Carroll benefited from the safety car period, completing his stop at this time and was therefore able to take the win with ease.
Starting fifth in race two, Lucas lost a place into the first corner made a strong pass on Garcia into turn one rewarded him with a return to fifth, taking fourth after Adrian Zaugg was pushed wide a few laps later. With Timo Glock pushing hard for the position, Lucas held him at bay despite a mechanical issue to cross the line for more important world championship points.
Meanwhile, qualifying fifteenth on the grid, teammate Sebastien Buemi stalled on the grid and was forced to start from pitlane and after an uneventful race he finished in fifteenth place. In race two he secured the fastest lap of the race, securing himself one point in the process.
Due to his performances this weekend, Lucas is now just one point behind Glock in the drivers' championship and ART GP is second in the team's classification, twenty points behind iSport International.
Lucas Di Grassi: "It was a positive weekend, but it could have been better. I was in the lead in race one before the safety car emerged and in race two we had a mechanical problem in the race that saw me lose a second a lap in the latter stages. We will have to investigate the problem, but it looks like it was the gearbox. I had to push at the start of race two after losing a place off the start but I am still pleased with the outcome even though it wasn't a perfect weekend. We have closed the gap a bit and the last four races will see a charge for the crown. That's what matters, winning the championship!"
Sebastien Buemi: "The weekend was not fantastic, that's the least I can say. Qualifying didn't go as planned with traffic on my first set of tyres, and I made a mistake with the second, then the session finished under yellow flags. We had a radiator problem in the first race. The engine went into 'safety mode' then in anti-choke mode, which I did not see immediately. My two races were over in a second. We have the consolation of the fastest race lap, but that was not my objective or the team's. We need it to all function better, especially on my behalf, so that I can obtain the results that the team deserves."