Rodolfo Gonzalez, 15th Ricardo Teixeira, DNF Trident Racing went on-track yesterday at the Nurburgring for the first race of the 5th event of the 2009 GP2 Main Series. Rookie driver Rodolfo Gonzalez, at his first race in the championship, ended...
Rodolfo Gonzalez, 15th Ricardo Teixeira, DNF
Trident Racing went on-track yesterday at the Nurburgring for the first race of the 5th event of the 2009 GP2 Main Series. Rookie driver Rodolfo Gonzalez, at his first race in the championship, ended up in 15th place after taking off from row 12. The Venezuelan 23-year-old completed a flawless race, improving his feeling with the car as laptimes eventually proved. After the pit-stop on lap 15 of 35, his laps placed him in the top-10 fastest drivers through the end.
Ricardo Teixeira had a much more troubled race after starting from 25th. He Nfront wing. The Angolan continued until lap 6, when the wing suddenly broke, ending up under his car and cutting a brake line. He'll be starting from 22nd in today's Race 2, while Gonzalez will be moving from row 7.
The race, starting at 10:30 CET, will be televised live by Italy's National TV and satellite channel Sky Sport.
Rodolfo Gonzalez. "Yesterday's race has been one of the toughest I can remember in my career. Having to drive with no testing a car capable of running just 5 seconds slower than a Formula 1 for one hour is really something difficult. For this reason I'm incredibly happy to have made it with no mistakes and with an encouraging pace, especially in the closing stages. In the end I was tired, but I was able to keep up well in terms of fitness. You can train as much as you can, but nothing's like racing. I'm glad my laptimes grew progressively lower, and to have made a good start despite I was new to this type of clutch. I think I made a good debut, and I thank the team for following me with patience in this really compressed learning stage. I'm facing R ace 2 as a new challenge, thoug I'll be slightly more experienced..."
Ricardo Teixeira. "At the start I managed to avoid the backup but at turn 4 Panciatici shut the door touching my front wing. I felt that the car could continue, though I clearly experienced a worsening situation of understeer. In order to avoid a costly double pit, we decided to replace the wing during the regular pit window. Unfortunately, the wing broke right at the pitroad entrance, ending up under the car and making a lot of damage. I was then forced to retire..."
-credit: trident racing