The GP2 Series finally reached its halfpoint, as the sixth round of the 2013 season got underway at the Nurburgring circuit. The first race of the weekend proved particularly ill-fated for Trident Racing as both the team's drivers were involved in a contact at the start which jeopardized their day.
The crash at the start also conditioned the day of Nathanael Berthon, whose car was damaged in the tangle with Ceccon's car. The Frenchman had his set-up compromised although he held on and completed the 32-lap distance in 17th.
The GP2 Series weekend at the Nurburgring will be rounded out tomorrow with Race 2. Berthon will be taking-off from the 8th row on the grid while Ceccon will start last. The race is scheduled for 10:35 AM.
“It's been a very short race, to forget as quickly as possible. At the start I got a better getaway than Berthon, who was in front of me, and I moved towards the centre of the track. The same thing happened to Abt who moved to the left as he profited from the slow start from Haryanto. At that point, the contact was inevitable and I got the worst of it. It's been an unlucky race incident, but I'm still bitter for how the weekend unfolded compared to the early expectations”.
“My whole race has been conditioned by the damage suffered at the start. I found myself with a bent steering wheel due to a hit received on the steering rack and it hasn't been easy to stay on-track without making mistakes. I have to say that despite all these issues the race didn't go bad. The overall performance was decent and I think that the car's handling has definitely improved compared to Silverstone”.