It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for Fisichella Motor Sport International in Monaco for round three of the 2008 GP2 Series. Roldan Rodriguez was able to score points in Friday and Saturday's races, while unfortunately Adam Carroll was forced to...
It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for Fisichella Motor Sport International in Monaco for round three of the 2008 GP2 Series. Roldan Rodriguez was able to score points in Friday and Saturday's races, while unfortunately Adam Carroll was forced to retire from both events in his second weekend back with the team.
After a difficult qualifying session Roldan began Friday's 45-lap feature race from 23rd on the grid, and made a fantastic start, moving up to 17th by the end of the first lap. He then benefited when he pitted on lap 27, during which time a multi-car incident took place on track, and he came out in eighth place, with Ho-Pin Tung ahead of him still to make his mandatory stop. With Mike Conway put out of the race on the last lap, Roldan crossed the line in sixth place, collecting three championship points. Starting from third on the grid for Saturday's race, the Spaniard initially lost two positions but was able to move up to fourth when Adrian Valles was given a drive through penalty on lap 21. This fourth place gave Roldan a further three points, taking his weekend tally to six points.
Adam Carroll also had a tricky qualifying session, and was affected by the red flag and traffic, and started Saturday's race from the sixth row of the grid in 12th position. He maintained his position on the Monegasque street circuit and was racing well until lap 27. Following a big incident involving Sebastien Buemi and Giorgio Pantano at Mirabeau, Adam managed to avoid colliding with Pantano's car, which was across the track. However, Luca Filippi hit Adam's car from behind as he approached the accident, breaking the rear wing off the FMSI car and putting an end to the Ulsterman's race. He was on the back foot for Sunday's shorter race, beginning from 21st. He had gained two positions up to 19th by the second lap but then a clutch problem ended his event just one lap later.
Roldan Rodriguez: "I am very happy with the results. In Istanbul the result was not good but I knew we were working well and the results could come. This weekend we had a problem in qualifying, but we didn't panic and the results came. I am very happy for the whole team."
Adam Carroll: "Obviously in Istanbul the results weren't there but the pace was good so we had some high hopes coming into this weekend. Unfortunately it's been very difficult and frustrating for everybody. I only got seven laps in free practice before Zuber drove into me, I got shunted off in the first race and the clutch went in the second race so that was that. It's just been an unfortunate weekend and frustrating for the whole team."
Paolo Coloni, Team Principal: "It's really good to see Roldan twice in the points and he was consistent in both races so it's getting better for him. It was a very good result for him and the team. Adam missed free practice after Zuber hit him and then we just had problems since then. Neither retirement was his fault again so it's just a shame that he could not drive during the weekend."