The GP2 Series made its first appearance on the Marina Bay street circuit, Singapore, this evening and drivers had to cope with mixed conditions as the track morphed from exceptionally wet, during free practice, to completely dry.
Razia needs to finish several positions ahead of Valsecchi to prevent the Italian clinching the crown before Sunday’s seasonal finale.
Razia’s team-mate Simon Trummer qualified 21st in a session that was cut slightly short, because Ocean driver Nigel Melker slid into the Turn 18 barriers and blocked the track.
Luiz Razia comments: “There was a huge amount of standing water during free practice, so conditions were pretty tricky, but it was at least a useful opportunity to learn a track that’s new for most of the GP2 guys.
The car felt good and I was confident that I could earn a strong grid position, but I was unable to put in a quick qualifying lap because of the red flag at the end.
I know other drivers were affected, too, but it definitely cost me a few places on the grid and that could obviously have an effect on my title hopes. I know what I have to do, though, and won’t give up the fight.”
Simon Trummer comments: “This is an interesting weekend on many levels. A couple of drivers have raced previously at Marina Bay, in junior categories, but it’s a new venue for most of us and it wasn’t easy to learn when track conditions were so wet.
Driving under floodlights is a new experience, too, although I only had to adjust to that for qualifying and it should be lighter for both races. The car didn’t feel too bad, but I struggled a little with traffic and was still trying to find a gap when the session was stopped.
I don’t think it will be particularly easy to overtake and it’s going to be tough in the oppressive heat, especially as there’s so little margin for error. I’ll do my best, though, as always.”
Source: Arden International