Davide Rigon, 10th Ricardo Teixeira, 16th Davide Rigon and Ricardo Teixeira ended the first race of the GP2 Series weekend at Monza respectively in 10th and 16th place. The race has been conditioned by an heavy rainfall started with minutes...
Davide Rigon, 10th
Ricardo Teixeira, 16th
Davide Rigon and Ricardo Teixeira ended the first race of the GP2 Series weekend at Monza respectively in 10th and 16th place. The race has been conditioned by an heavy rainfall started with minutes from the start, forcing the teams to quickly adapt cars to the changed conditions. The start was then postponed by more than 30 minutes, with the first six laps being turned behind the safety car. When the pack took off on green flag conditions, the following laps were marred by many off-track exits and by extremely poor visibility. Trident Racing decided to call both drivers to the pits, anticipating the regular stop also due to the high engine temperatures brought by leaves clogging the cars' radiators. The move costs some time in the closing stages, when the deteriorated tires prevented Rigon and Teixe ira from pushing to the limit. Teixeira improved his pace lap-by-lap, but was penalized with a drive-through after cutting the Roggia chicane three times. Rigon slightly missed the pole spot for Race 2, and ended up in 10th. The final race of the weekend will be starting tomorrow at 10:30, and is set to be telecasted by national TV RAI 2 and by Satellite channel Sky Sport.
Maurizio Salvadori, Team Owner. "Today we witnessed a really strange race, conditioned by heavy rain. We had to anticipate the pit-stops of both drivers due to engine overheating. We even faced the risk of having to come back again for slicks but, even though we've been penalized by tire wear, we ended the race without more stops."
Davide Rigon. "The engine wasn't working well at the start due to the water fallen on the grid, and it wasn't the only engine with the same issues. Then we had an overheating issue caused by leaves, but the team fixed the problem at the start. I haven't been lucky with the set-up choice as the heavy rain set-up proved not to be ideal when the track started to dry out. I hope to score some points tomorrow, unlike what happened today."
Ricardo Teixeira. "It's been one of the toughest races of my entire career. On the first laps visibility was absolutely zero, and finding the ideal line for braking was almost impossible. I went straight for three times at Roggia, and I got a drive-through penalty for that, sending me to the last spot. Today's race has ben even tougher than at Spa, because the asphalt wasn't draining at all and the drivers behind the pack couldn't see anything".