Team AirAsia press release
Caterham Team AirAsia concluded the penultimate round of the 2011 GP2 season this morning in Spa with a top ten finish after a difficult race weekend.
The team's Italian racer Davide Valsecchi drove a solid race maintaining his tenth grid position in the dry session after finding a lot of speed in the long straights of the circuit.
Luiz Razia got off the grid well sticking to the inside of the track and gained a position in the first lap. He held his own and made a number of clean manoeuvres to sit P14 mid race, managing the degradation of his tyres well. He passed Ericsson on the restart, following a safety car period, only to have a race-ending accident for the second time this weekend on lap twelve.
The team now moves on to the final round of the 2011 season in two weeks time where they hope to be able to fight for points.
Phill Spencer: "It has been a very difficult weekend for us, we have been missing something. Davide said he had a good car but unfortunately today he could not pass anyone. On the other hand Luiz was able to make lots of moves on other cars, but again he got pushed off and ended his race early, which is such a shame as he was doing well. It has been a long hard season getting the team up and running, but we will keep on smiling, move on to Monza and hope we can have a better race there in couple of weeks time."
Davide Valsecchi (Best time 2:02.119 / Best Lap: 15 / P10): "It was another difficult race for me today. I was fighting all the time, the car was very fast and I was gaining time in the straights but then losing it again in the corners, it was a bit frustrating. I was able to defend my position, but once again we go home with no points. I am of course looking forward to racing in Monza in my home country - I love the circuit and hope we can have a much better time there to finish the season."
Luiz Razia (Best time 2:02.072/ Best Lap: 5/ DNF): "I made a very solid start and my car felt good. I overtook a few people at the beginning and was moving forward all the time. The safety car was deployed and when it came in I overtook Ericsson but then as I braked into turn one I was hit from behind and lost control of the car completely. It was a big shame. I was happy with the car and the balance and even though I had a bit of tyre degradation it was not as much as the cars around me. This weekend and this season has been long - I hope we can go to the last race of the season in Monza and finish 2011 with a positive performance."
Humphrey Corbett: "We have had problems this weekend and come away no points. Unfortunately we just couldn't get our drivers up there. Once again one of our drivers was knocked out by somebody else, which is very sad - I feel sorry for Luiz as he has been very unlucky here. Davide found it difficult to overtake today so we have a bit of work to do with him to find out why. He started tenth and finished tenth but we were hoping for a little bit more so we are coming away a little disappointed. But we will do our normal turn around and hope for better performances in Monza."