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Nurburgring: Lucas di Grassi race two report

Di Grassi holds second in GP2 championship Lucas di Grassi maintained a secure second place in the GP2 championship after finishing sixth in the Sunday sprint race at the Nurburgring. Following his runner-up spot in the Saturday race the...

Di Grassi holds second in GP2 championship

Lucas di Grassi maintained a secure second place in the GP2 championship after finishing sixth in the Sunday sprint race at the Nurburgring.

Following his runner-up spot in the Saturday race the Renault Driver Development squad member started from seventh place. He gained a place at the start, but later the ART car was bumped from behind by Giorgio Pantano. By the time he had regained momentum, title rival Timo Glock had got past.

Lucas later moved back to sixth place when a driver ahead retired, but in a race that saw virtually no overtaking at the front, he found it impossible to make any further progress. He now lies seven points behind Glock in the title race, and nine ahead of Luca Filippi.

"The start was good, and I was in front of Glock and Pantano. But then I had a touch from Pantano, and Glock was able to get past me. After that, the race was quite boring! When you are behind someone you lose so much downforce, and it's very hard to overtake. But I tried to push Glock as hard as I could. We need to check if the car was damaged after the touch, which was quite hard, but for sure it wasn't the same as it was at the beginning."

The next race is in Hungary in a fortnight's time, and Lucas if confident of getting a good result.

"Since the beginning of the year it was a big fight between iSport and me. It was not in doubt that it was going to be a tough fight, and it was really tough with Timo, who has been quite consistent. But it's only seven points difference, and in one weekend you can earn 20, so there is a long, long way to go.

"I'm pretty happy with the results and how the team has been working and improving the car every time. I think the gap to iSport is much smaller than it was a couple of races ago. We're going to work hard and try to beat them in Budapest. Last year it was a bit strange with the weather, but it's a very nice track and I hope we can do well there."

-credit: renaultf1

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Series GP2
Drivers Timo Glock , Lucas di Grassi , Luca Filippi