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Magny-Cours: Renault race report

Di Grassi in the points at Magny-Cours Lucas di Grassi scored a point for sixth place after leading the early stages of the Magny-Cours sprint race on Sunday, while an engine problem cost fellow Renault Driver Development squad member Jose Maria...

Di Grassi in the points at Magny-Cours

Lucas di Grassi scored a point for sixth place after leading the early stages of the Magny-Cours sprint race on Sunday, while an engine problem cost fellow Renault Driver Development squad member Jose Maria Lopez a good result after he set fastest lap.

Having finish seventh in the Saturday race Lucas started from the front row. He made an aggressive start and took the lead with a great move at the Adelaide hairpin. However the Durango car simply wasn't as fast as those pursuing him, and he gradually fell down the order as he found it harder and harder to defend his position at the hairpin. Nevertheless he was happy to score points for the second time in the weekend.

After pole and third place on Saturday Jose Maria started from sixth spot with the Super Nova entry. He got away well and was running fourth when an engine problem stopped him on only the fourth lap. He had in fact set the fastest lap of the race on the previous lap, but because he was not a classified finisher, he misses out on the bonus point. His total for the season now stands at 21.

Action resumed at Hockenheim in two weeks' time, and both men are confident that their improved form in France will be carried over to the next event.

Lucas di Grassi:

'We've been struggling this year, and this race showed that we don't have the pace of the front running teams. The start was good but not good enough to overtake, but afterwards I overtook at the hairpin. After that I couldn't keep the pace of the other cars. With more overall grip you can brake later, and we didn't have enough overall grip. It's a shame, but I'm not unhappy because it was the first weekend I scored points in both races, and the team did a good job. I know Hockenheim from F3, but I don't think that will make a lot of difference. We just need to improve the car.'

Jose Maria Lopez:

'I had a good start and passed Premat when he went out on the first corner, and then straight away I passed Negrao. I was feeling great and the car was good. I did a lap record and was catching Piquet really quickly. But when I arrived in the fast chicane on the fourth lap I had some problem with the engine. I saw a lot of alarms on the steering wheel, and that was the end of the race. It didn't give me any signal before that. It's disappointing because we had a very good car this weekend, and I can ever say we were able to win two races here, because we were really competitive. We were a little bit unlucky. The car is looking good, but you never know how it's going to be at Hockenheim. I just hope we can keep going like this.'

-renault

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Series GP2
Drivers Jose Maria Lopez , Lucas di Grassi