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Silverstone: Renault race one report

Bad luck at Silverstone for RDD boys Renault Driver Development squad members Lucas di Grassi and Jose Maria Lopez were both out of luck in Saturday's GP race at Silverstone. Di Grassi was on course for his best result of the season, ...

Bad luck at Silverstone for RDD boys

Renault Driver Development squad members Lucas di Grassi and Jose Maria Lopez were both out of luck in Saturday's GP race at Silverstone.

Di Grassi was on course for his best result of the season, having qualified the Durango car in seventh. He made a good start and a well-timed pit stop brought him out in what would ultimately have become at least fifth place.

Unfortunately as he approached Copse at the start of lap 17 the rear wing parted company with the rest of the car, and Lucas was pitched into a spectacular spin, fortunately without hitting anything. The team is still investigating the cause of the problem.

Ironically the same corner had earlier claimed Jose. He struggled to extract sufficient speed from the Super Nova car in qualifying, and started 18th. After getting off the line well he had to take avoiding action to miss a car that had spun at the first corner. Unfortunately he was pitched into a spin of his own after a nudge from the car behind, and could not continue.

Sunday's race is going to be a tough one for both men, with Lucas starting 22nd and Jose right at the back!

Lucas di Grassi: "For the first time we really had a car to finish in the top five. The rear wing just flew off, and I don't know why. I didn't have any kind of contact, front or rear. Just before the corner the car felt loose, then the rear slid away from me and I spun. The car was very good, and the team is improving, so it was a real shame. It will be very hard starting 22rd tomorrow. There's nothing much we can do in a short race, but I'll try my best.'

Jose Maria Lopez: "I qualified 18th, and there's no doubt it's not me, and something's wrong with the car. We checked everything last night, and today I was just focussed on finishing the race. I did a good start and passed Yoshimoto and Negrao. I arrived in the first corner really quietly, and I didn't want to try anything there. Then I saw Perera spinning, so I decided to go outside and pass him. But then somebody hit me -- I think it was Negrao. I spun and the engine stalled, so that was that. Tomorrow it's going to be tough! We need to figure out what's wrong, because we're not getting the results.'

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Series GP2
Drivers Jose Maria Lopez , Lucas di Grassi