VITALY PETROV, SHUNTED. THE STEWARDS SANCTION FIRST SIX DRIVERS WHEN DAVIDE VALSECCHI WAS ON HIS WAY TO PODIUM FINISH. BAD LUCK STRIKES BARWA ADDAX TEAM. The second GP2 race took place this afternoon at the Portuguese circuit of...
VITALY PETROV, SHUNTED. THE STEWARDS SANCTION FIRST SIX DRIVERS WHEN DAVIDE VALSECCHI WAS ON HIS WAY TO PODIUM FINISH.
BAD LUCK STRIKES BARWA ADDAX TEAM.
The second GP2 race took place this afternoon at the Portuguese circuit of Portimao, with the Barwa Addax Team drivers both involved in unfortunate incidents. Vitaly Petrov failed to get away at the start and was brutally shunted by one of the back markers, while Davide Valsecchi, along with the other first six drivers, was sanctioned with a drive through for having overtaken the Safety Car, when the Italian driver was running well in second position.
Things could not have got off to a worse start, particularly after Vitaly Petrov failed to get off the line from the fourth position he started from on the starting grid. With the Russian driver waving frantically, the others drivers avoided crashing into him, except for the last placed driver who didn't see the stricken car and hit him violently in the back, leaving debris all over the circuit and prompting a red flag period. There were a few moments of anguish because the shunt had been serious, with Petrov being hit at high speed, but luckily for all concerned neither driver involved was seriously injured after the medical teams had sent the drivers to be checked. The Russian driver's race finished before it had really started but the most important thing is that he managed to walk away a bit sore and shaken but nothing else.
The accident meant that the Safety Car came out on track, immediately followed by the red flag, as the marshalls cleared the track. The safety car then led the field around for one lap before setting them free. With the leader guiding his rivals he got too keen to get off to a flying start and overtook the safety car, taking Davide Valsecchi and another four drivers with him. The Italian driver had made a good start and had held on to his second position at the start. It was then that the stewards handed all six drivers a drive through penalty. It's difficult to argue with the decision with the rule book in hand, but it is hard on the fourth placed driver, for instance, because he probably couldn't even judge where the safety car was as he came round the home straight turn.
As a consequence, Davide Valsecchi who was driving a great race, holding on to second place, was left with no chance of finishing on the winning rostrum and once more, he was unable to provide Barwa Addax Team with the points he had worked so hard for in recent races. It's a real shame but because he really deserved a break, particularly this weekend after working really well with the team. Nevertheless, despite this latest tale of woe he has finished the last race of the season ahead of illustrious rivals, such as Hulkenburg, Di Grassi, Maldonado, etc
Vitaly Petrov has finished the season as runner up in the driver's championship. He has had a fantastic season and totally deserves his second position. He is climbing ever closer to the top of world motor racing after having had to overcome various setbacks throughout the season, including seven engine failures, the accident of a car in front which ruined his chances of winning in Monza, a doubtful drive through when he was leading another race, the terrible infection he suffered in his elbow towards the end of the season etc. To sum up, his season with the Barwa Addax Team has been one of true grit and courage and he is worthy of his runners up position.
Romain Grosjean, finishes fourth overall in the drivers rankings, without having even driven for the Barwa Addax Team in the last eight races. Something similar happened last season when Lucas Di Grassi finished third overall, having missed six races.
Barwa Addax Team also finish runners up in the team championship. They had to overcome the handicap of losing one of their drivers halfway through the season, as well as all the other previously mentioned mishaps. However Team Principal Alejandro Agag has reasons to feel satisfied. Not only did his team finish runners up this season, despite adversities, but they were also the only team who released a driver to Formula 1 during the season.
Furthermore, they have placed two drivers in the top four positions in the final overall rankings of the driver's championship, the only team to do so