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Valencia: Lucas di Grassi race one report

Things get more difficult for Lucas di Grassi The RDD driver retired from the Saturday race in the final 2007 GP2 Series showdown in Valencia, Spain. His rival finished 7th and is now leading the Championship by four points. Things get more ...

Things get more difficult for Lucas di Grassi

The RDD driver retired from the Saturday race in the final 2007 GP2 Series showdown in Valencia, Spain. His rival finished 7th and is now leading the Championship by four points.

Things get more difficult for Lucas di Grassi The RDD driver retired from the Saturday race in the final 2007 GP2 Series showdown in Valencia, Spain. His rival finished 7th and is now leading the Championship by four points.

The Renault Driver Development squad member had a difficult first race in the final showdown of this season's GP2 Series Championship after he retired this Saturday in Valencia. This morning, he qualified 7th at three tenth from the poleman Nakajima. Timo Glock, Lucas' rival for the prestigious title, qualified in second place.

"It was a close session this morning. I couldn't find a clear track on such a busy circuit. However, after qualifying, I believed that anything was still possible starting from 7th."

It rained on the Spanish track thirty minutes before the start of the race. As the track was really damp, Lucas chose to put wet tyres when some other drivers preferred slick tyres. The RDD driver made a great start and was up to third place when he was pushed out of the track. He managed to come back but he was then in 9th place. As the track dried, the drivers with slick tires were much faster than him. Lucas was 14th when he pitted in order to switch to slick tires as well.

"I was loosing too much time to those in slick tires. We had to make a decision, so we chose to change to slick."

However, as soon as Lucas went back out, it rained some more. He was then 22nd and his German rival was in 5th place. The Brazilian had no other choice but to put his head down and take some risks. Unfortunately, on lap 9, he made a mistake and had to retire.

"It is so frustrating! I had to go flat out as Timo was so far away. That's how I made a mistake... We were out of luck today: it was impossible to predict whether it was going to rain again. In our position, we had to take risks."

Tomorrow, Lucas di Grassi will start from 22nd when Timo Glock will start from 2nd on the reversed grid.

"If I want to win the title, I will have to score five points more than Timo. It sounds almost impossible, but once again, I'll try my best and push hard in order to have absolutely no regret."

-credit: rdd

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