ART Grand prix walked away from the Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium with their driver, Lucas di Grassi closing in on the crown after securing two podium finishes. This means that he is a mere two points behind series leader, Timo Glock,...
ART Grand prix walked away from the Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium with their driver, Lucas di Grassi closing in on the crown after securing two podium finishes. This means that he is a mere two points behind series leader, Timo Glock, heading into the 2007 finale in Valencia on September 29-30 while the team, is second, twenty two points behind iSport.
Qualifying fourth fastest in race one, Lucas was second at turn one but lost the position after his pitstop and crossed the line third. This meant he started sixth in race two and like race one, charged through the field and was third into turn one, a position he remained in until the chequered flag. Meanwhile, teammate Sebastien Buemi qualified fifteenth and climbed a brilliant five places to finish tenth in race one, however contact with Roldan Rodriguez in race two left him sitting on the sidelines.
"It is obviously a good weekend on the standings level as we scored 9 points more than Glock. Lucas has everything he needs to help the team secure a 3rd title in succession in the GP2 series in a fortnight's time at Valencia. Our performance level is excellent, especially in qualifying. We'll have to get the best out of the car in qualifying and at the start once again;as it won't be easy to overtake in Valencia."
Lucas Di Grassi: Race 1: 3rd Race 2: 3rd Championship: 2nd, 77 points
"I struggled a bit with the traffic in qualifying but I was rather satisfied with the 2nd row of the grid, especially as Glock was behind me. I had an excellent start and could fight for the win at the beginning of race one. The car was perfectly balanced until the pit stop but then it was quite a different story! I even lost 2 positions and I decided to secure important points, as Glock was far away and out off the points. I had another great start on Sunday and I stormed to P3. It was most important to avoid any mistake while Timo was having hard times, this way we are in a good position to fight for the title in Valencia."
Sebastien Buemi: Race 1: 10th Race 2: DNF Championship: 21st, 6 points
"Qualifying did not go well. On top of that I did not feel at ease inside the car with a set- up that suits Lucas' style well, but which is way too oversteery for me. It was much better in the race as I climbed up to P7. My pit stop was not the best but not too bad, however small details can make the difference in this series and I fell out of the top 10 coming out of the pits. The day after, contact with Rodriguez destroyed the suspension the differential and gearbox, and that was the end. All in all I am disappointed because the team works really well. The more the weekend goes on the more I progress, but it is necessary to get the best out of the car in race 1 in order to finish it in the top 8 and to be in good position for the second one."