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Nurburgring: Renault race one report

Fourth place for Lopez at Nurburgring Jose Maria Lopez scored a good fourth place in the Saturday GP2 race at the Nurburgring, despite struggling with a difficult car. Meanwhile fellow Renault Driver Development squad member Lucas di...

Fourth place for Lopez at Nurburgring

Jose Maria Lopez scored a good fourth place in the Saturday GP2 race at the Nurburgring, despite struggling with a difficult car.

Meanwhile fellow Renault Driver Development squad member Lucas di Grassi had a frustrating afternoon that resulted in an 18th place finish.

Lopez qualified his Super Nova entry in fifth place, and made a great start. He immediately got up to third, and moved up to second later on the first lap. There was nothing he could do about leader Lewis Hamilton, and after the pit stops unfolded he had dropped to third behind Alex Premat, who had run longer before stopping. Handling problems made life difficult for Jose, and then on the very last lap he lost his podium spot to Adam Carroll, and had to settle for fourth. He will thus start the Sunday race from fifth.

Lucas qualified the Durango car 20th, and made a good initial getaway. However, the driver in front stalled, and mindful of his crash on the grid at Imola, Lucas had to slow and swerve around the stationary car. That cost him momentum and some valuable places. He made his pit stop at the first opportunity on the second lap, but a marginal speeding offence earned him a drive through penalty. At the end of the race he was slowed by severe brake problems.

Jose Maria Lopez (Super Nova): 'I had a very good start, and I managed to get up to second. From the first lap I had a lot of understeer, and as soon as we changed tyres it was a disaster. I got more grip in the rear, and the front was undriveable. I was pushing hard the entire race, and I was a little bit lucky because there was some trouble behind me. Then on the last lap Carroll managed to pass me, although I did everything I could to keep him behind. Tomorrow, we'll see. If we can improve the car, we can fight for a podium finish.'

Lucas di Grassi (Durango): 'I had a good start, but the guy just in front of me stalled, and I had to lift to not hit him, so a few people passed me. We pitted on the second lap, and the stop was OK, so I went out in the same position I was in before. Then I got a drive through penalty, I think for being 1km/h too fast leaving the pits. Then the brakes started to fade, and in the last few laps I had no brakes at all, the pedal was going to the floor, so I lost a lot of time. We still need to find some pace in the car. Everyone is working very hard, and we decreased the gap from Imola, where we were further from pole. But still we're a little bit lost regarding set-up. I'll push as hard as possible on Sunday, but it won't be very easy to score points.'

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Series GP2
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Adam Carroll , Jose Maria Lopez , Lucas di Grassi