Nico Rosberg became the sixth driver to win a race in the 2005 GP2 series when he took victory in today's race in France. Nico made up for his disappointment in yesterday's first race, by taking the lead at the start, and never looking back en...
Nico Rosberg became the sixth driver to win a race in the 2005 GP2 series when he took victory in today's race in France. Nico made up for his disappointment in yesterday's first race, by taking the lead at the start, and never looking back en route to his very first GP2 series win. Hiroki Yoshimoto continued his run of good form to take his first podium, finishing second ahead of a hard charging Heikki Kovalainen.
The win was decided at the start, when polesitter Clivio Piccione was passed by a charging Nico. Heikki Kovalainen was in fighting mood, overtaking first Jose-Maria Lopez, then Clivio. This brought about a battle between Adam Carroll and the Finn, who are embroiled in a close fight for the championship. Heikki disposed of the Ulsterman after an exciting fight, and then put paid to Neel Jani's podium hopes, leaving the Swiss in fourth place. Nicolas Lapierre found a way by Adam with a lap to go to take fifth.
Nelson Piquet Jr. set the quickest lap of the race. However, Nelson was disqualified from the final results as his team broke sporting regulations and changed all four of his tyres during the race. The two points for fastest lap will therefore go to Coloni Motorsport's Gimmi Bruni. Alex Premat and Ernesto Viso were called in front of the Stewards and were handed 10 place grid demotions for the next race, for their part in on-track incidents in Race 2.
The result leaves Heikki in control of the championship on 52 points, with Adam in second on 34. Gimmi's two points give him third place on 31, with Nico and Scott Speed now tied for fourth on 29. Arden International now have 64 points, 20 clear of Super Nova International, with ART Grand Prix just one point behind them on 43 and Coloni in fourth on 34.
Nico Rosberg (ART Grand Prix) 41:30.173
"I had a fantastic start and I pushed like hell, and it was great to get away it was a lot of fun because the car felt good, and that's when it's fun. That's when the Finnish racing spirit comes out, and no one can stop you then! This really makes up for Race 1. I knew we were quick yesterday, and I knew that we had the car for today, so I got what I was looking for!"
Hiroki Yoshimoto (BCN Competicion) +25.366
"You know, this is the first time that we didn't have any problems throughout the weekend, and when we didn't have any problems we showed everyone that we can fight for the podium. But we were a lot slower than Rosberg, and Kovalainen. We have to make our car better so we can win the race, because otherwise we can finish on the podium but we're never going to win."
Heikki Kovalainen (Arden International) +25.884
"I got a good start again, but into the first corner I had to slow down because Piccione was sort of blocking me a little bit and I was stuck in too high a gear, so Lopez got past me again. But then we had a good balance in the car again, and I managed to close on the other guys quite comfortably and then make clean moves."