GP2

Spa: Racing Engineering race two report

To finish first, you have to first finish Today, another eventful GP2 race took place at the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit. However, unlike yesterday, both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers, Lucas Di Grassi and Dani Clos, were unable to stay...

To finish first, you have to first finish

Today, another eventful GP2 race took place at the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit. However, unlike yesterday, both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers, Lucas Di Grassi and Dani Clos, were unable to stay away from trouble and had to retire early in the race due to accidents.

After the great results during Friday's qualifying and Saturday's feature race, both Lucas and Dani had high hopes for today's event. Everything was set for the two Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers to score excellent results. But once the lights went off at the Belgian track, Dani found his race ending at the first corner, when he braked too hard into the turn, locking up his wheels. Carrying too much speed into the corner, the Spanish rookie crashed into the car of Hulkenberg.

Things seemed to work out better for Lucas. After his podium finish on Saturday, the aim was clearly to score some more important points for the championship battle. Despite having lost two positions at the start, he quickly put Nunes under pressure. When Maldonado and Kobayashi crashed at the Bus Stop corner, Lucas gained two positions. The safety car had to be deployed and Lucas gained one more position when Parente suffered an engine failure ahead of him.

When the safety car left the track, things turned bad when Lucas tried to pass Mortara, who had been overtaken by Nunes just seconds before. Mortara ran at a much slower pace than the rest of the field and, maybe being too optimistic in thinking the Italian would let the faster Fat Burner Racing Engineering car go through, Lucas tried to pass the Italian on the inside of the corner, climbing onto the Italian's car instead and forcing both of them to retire.

Lucas Di Grassi: The race start was not great, but after things went well. Until I tried passing Mortara, who was much slower than me. There was contact between our cars and the race was over for me. I am not satisfied with the final results as I think our car was good for another podium today. We will work hard now for the next race.

Dani Clos: My tyres were not at the optimal temperature. So when I moved to the inside, the track was dirty and when I braked, all tyres locked up and there was nothing I could do anymore to avoid the crash.

Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, Team President: Both drivers could have been in the points today and there was no reason to be involved in accidents. It's a real shame as these were thrown points important for both the drivers, as well as the teamschampionship. It is upsetting as everyone has done a great job. Now unto Monza.

-credit: re

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series GP2
Drivers Dani Clos
Teams Racing Engineering