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Silverstone: Alexandre Premat race one report

Saturday, 10 June 2006 - What a start to the 38-lap race one of the weekend at Silverstone. Conway stalled on the grid and ended up going back into the pits and Lopez was out at the start. Meanwhile my team mate Lewis Hamilton took the lead from...

Saturday, 10 June 2006 - What a start to the 38-lap race one of the weekend at Silverstone. Conway stalled on the grid and ended up going back into the pits and Lopez was out at the start. Meanwhile my team mate Lewis Hamilton took the lead from pole-sitter Adam Caroll while I maintained third. At that point the race was looking good but there were no less than three safety car periods. The first one came when Perera and Lopez collided at turn one.

I was on a good strategy and was very close behind Adam Carroll and looking for an opportunity to pass. The track is very abrasive on tyres here so I had to stop on lap ten for a new set. It was a good pit stop and I rejoined the race in good position. Then, unfortunately I was given a driver-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane which was a real shame because we were very competitive.

In the middle part of the race I was running ninth after having served my penalty. A second safety car period came when Monfardini spun just ahead of me and blocked the circuit. I tried to avoid him and spun myself 360 degrees. I thought I had stalled but was able to restart and left the site of the accident.

After the race resumed Bruni stopped. The third safety car period came just eight laps from the end when Filippi went off, and then Zuber spun. I continued pushing hard and by the end I had recovered to sixth position and took another three points. As the finishing order is reversed for tomorrow's grid I'll start from third and am determined to fulfil out potential to improve my classification in the drivers' Championship and catch Piquet.

-premat.fr-

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Series GP2
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Adam Carroll , Alexandre Prémat