The seventh round of the 2013 GP2 Series entered its crucial stages today at the Hungaroring with the running of Race 1. At the Hungarian venue, sitting just a few kilometers away from Budapest, Trident Racing went on-track with a new driver pairing featuring Nathanael Berthon and new hire Ricardo Teixeira. The Angola-based man made his comeback to racing afer missing the first part of the season.
The Hungarian weekend of the series will be rounded out tomorrow with the running of Race 2. Berthon will be taking-off from the pole position, with Teixeira starting in 19th. The start of the Race is scheduled for 10:35 AM.
“Today I had a confidence level with my car unlike in any other race of the season. The start hasn't been sensational, but I stayed around the top-10 in the first half of the race before the pit-stop. In the second part of the race, my tires were in better shape compared to many rivals, and I managed to go on the attack, improving up to the 8th position. I'm very happy and I thank the team for the great job done here in Hungary. Now I will be focusing of tomorrow's race 2 as I hope to take full advantage from today's result”.
“I'm wasted, but I did it! It hasn't been easy for me to be back to an open-wheel car after so many months of absence, and I had to regain the right confidence with it in a race with 35 degrees of atmospheric temperature. I was quite concerned at the start because I stalled my engine during the formation lap. They pushed me back to the pit-lane and I got off to a late start compared to the others. Overall, my laptimes proved pretty good and I managed to recover the ground lost at the start. When I battled with Ghirelli, I made a mistake and I was forced to pit earlier than expected. So I had to keep the Soft tires on for longer and it hasn't been easy. I'm quite satisfied and I hope to round this weekend off in style”.