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Spa: Bridgestone event summary

Pastor Maldonado (Rapax) and Sergio Perez (Barwa Addax Team) both claimed victories at Spa Francorchamps on Bridgestone's medium compound dry tyre. Maldonado took his sixth consecutive feature race win. With rain throughout the...

Pastor Maldonado (Rapax) and Sergio Perez (Barwa Addax Team) both claimed victories at Spa Francorchamps on Bridgestone's medium compound dry tyre. Maldonado took his sixth consecutive feature race win.

With rain throughout the Friday practice and qualifying sessions, Bridgestone's wet specification GP2 tyre was used by all the teams and performed as expected under the varying conditions.

Saturday's 25 lap feature race included interesting pit stops from the Scuderia Coloni and Rapax teams. Maldonado's well timed pit stop allowed him to leave the pit lane ahead of race leader and pole sitter Jerome d'Ambrosio (DAMS) who also pitted on lap eight, to change rear tyres. Despite d'Ambrosio then taking the position back from the Venezuelan, mechanical problems caused the Belgian driver to retire. Alvaro Parente (Scuderia Coloni), making a return to GP2, pitted on lap 22, finishing a close second to Maldonado despite having started sixteenth on the grid. Romain Grosjean (DAMS) finished third and Parente was awarded the point for fastest lap.

In Sunday's 18 lap sprint race, Mexican driver Perez overtook Rodolfo Gonzalez (Arden International) on the opening lap, retaining his lead throughout. Giedo van der Garde (Barwa Addax Team) crossed the line in second place, with Parente completing the podium line-up. Perez set the quickest lap.

Maldonado leads the drivers' championship with 87 points. Perez is in second place on 60 and Dani Clos (Racing Engineering) is third on 43 points. Rapax is ahead in the teams' championship with 107 points, followed by Barwa Addax Team on 87 and ART Grand Prix in third with 65.

The penultimate round of the 2010 GP2 Series will be held in Monza on 10-12 September, where Bridgestone will be providing teams with the hard compound GP2 racing slick tyres.

Quote from Hirohide Hamashima - Director of Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development

"Saturday's GP2 feature race was very entertaining. There was an effective pit stop strategy from Scuderia Coloni's Alvaro Parente, as they pitted later in the race, and an excellent pit stop from Rapax which enabled Pastor Maldonado to exit the pits ahead of previous race leader Jerome d'Ambrosio. With d'Ambrosio then having overtaken Maldonado on-track, it was unfortunate that d'Ambrosio was forced to retire especially as he is the local Belgian driver. We have seen good overtaking this weekend in both races. The podium finishers in the sprint race all fought for their positions and managed their tyres well. We are pleased with the performance of both the slick and wet GP2 tyres here at Spa."

-source: bridgestone

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Series GP2
Drivers Giedo van der Garde , Alvaro Parente , Rodolfo Gonzalez , Pastor Maldonado , Jérôme d'Ambrosio , Dani Clos
Teams DAMS , ART Grand Prix , Rapax , Arden International