Perez fourth after one of the season's finest drives Sergio Perez made amends for yesterday's disappointing GP2 Series race at Spa by charging from the back of the field to finish a spectacular fourth. Condemned to last place on the grid ...
Perez fourth after one of the season's finest drives
Sergio Perez made amends for yesterday's disappointing GP2 Series race at Spa by charging from the back of the field to finish a spectacular fourth. Condemned to last place on the grid because his hydraulic pump failed before yesterday's event had started, Perez drove a storming opening lap, steering clear of a multi-car accident at the first turn and gaining several places in the process. By the time the Safety Car was scrambled on lap two, so that ART driver Pastor Maldonado's crashed car could safely be retrieved from the circuit, the Mexican was up to seventh.
He maintained his relentless progress after the restart, moving up to fourth position, hounding Diego Nunes (iSport) all the way to the chequered flag and setting fastest race lap in the process. Although he was able to draw alongside the Brazilian from time to time, there was no way through and he ultimately had to settle for fourth place after a spirited morning's work.
Perez gained a couple of places as a result of an accident that eliminated team-mate Edoardo Mortara. Ninth on the road yesterday, the Italian was promoted to eighth -- and pole position for today's sprint -- when Nunes was given a 25s penalty for short-cutting the chicane. He made a slowish start, however, and was passed immediately by Giedo van der Garde (iSport). Mortara soon recovered his momentum, however, and was running a strong third when Lucas di Grassi (Racing Engineering) hit him from behind at the chicane. Both drivers were obliged to retire on the spot.
"I'm really happy with that. I knew I had the potential to do well this weekend, but it's quite something to finish fourth when you start last. I tried my hardest to pass Diego Nunes, but he didn't make any mistakes and there was no way through. After what happened yesterday, it was great to score some points -- and to net fastest lap -- and it's a brilliant way to prepare for the next race, at Monza. The Italian Grand Prix's home is my favourite circuit and I hope -- and believe -- that I can score my first win of the season when we get there."
"I didn't get a great start, but it was good enough to keep me in second place. I was pushing hard to stay with Giedo van der Garde, but he was starting to pull away slightly because I was slow on the straights... and I was also having to defend, because I was coming under attack from Pastor Maldonado, Diego Nunes and then Lucas di Grassi.
"I had a brush with Maldonado when I was on the inside and he was on the outside. He tried to outbrake me and then take the normal line, but of course I was already there and we touched. He spun and hit the wall. It is difficult to say if it was his fault or mine, but I think the replays confirm it was just one of those things -- a racing accident.
"As for the di Grassi incident, I was having problems with my car because the Maldonado incident had bent my front suspension -- and Lucas's move just finished me off. The stewards have given him a 10-position penalty for the next race, so I think that indicates where blame lies."