Fourth for di Grassi at Magny-Cours Lucas di Grassi finished fourth in the Sunday GP2 sprint at Magny-Cours, following his second place in the Saturday race. The Renault Driver Development squad member now lies third in the championship, two...
Fourth for di Grassi at Magny-Cours
Lucas di Grassi finished fourth in the Sunday GP2 sprint at Magny-Cours, following his second place in the Saturday race.
The Renault Driver Development squad member now lies third in the championship, two points behind second placed Luca Filippi. However, Lucas gained ground on series leader Timo Glock, who failed to score this weekend, and he is now 10 points behind with seven race weekends still to come.
His second place on Saturday meant Lucas started the ART car from seventh position. A shower shortly before the start made conditions a little tricky, especially on the reconnaissance laps to the grid, but everyone started on dry tyres.
Lucas lost a place on a busy first lap, but moved up when Bruno Senna went off. He then passed Pastor Maldonado to get into the points, before the retirement of leader Nicolas Lapierre promoted him to fifth. He moved into fourth after passing Vitaly Petrov. More rain in the closing laps made further progess difficult.
'My start was not great, and there was a bit of a mess in the hairpin. I tried to get away from the mess and I lost a lot of places, and then I recovered after and overtook three or four cars. The others were too far away, and there was no point to take a risk at the end. It's 11 points, it's been a good weekend, and I can't complain. The main aim was to get closer to Glock in the championship.'
Lucas enjoyed being back in the cockpit this weekend after the long wait since the last GP2 race in Monaco.
'It was a long break, and it's always good to get back! It's going to be a very busy July with three races.'
The teams now head straight to Silverstone for the next round of the series, where Lucas is hoping to make up for a disappointing retirement last year after he had run strongly in the points.
'I didn't finish but Silverstone was good for me last year, it was my quickest race. I like the circuit and I'm looking forward to it. ART won last year with Lewis Hamilton, so the car should be good there.'