WICKENS ON THE PODIUM WITH SECOND PLACE FINISH Status Grand Prix driver Robert Wickens took his fourth podium finish of the year and set the fastest lap with a strong performance in the second GP3 Series race at the Hungaroring on ...
WICKENS ON THE PODIUM WITH SECOND PLACE FINISH
Status Grand Prix driver Robert Wickens took his fourth podium finish of the year and set the fastest lap with a strong performance in the second GP3 Series race at the Hungaroring on Sunday.
Starting from fifth place on the second race reverse grid - courtesy of his fourth-place finish in yesterday's race - Wickens made a supreme getaway when the lights went out, and dived into the first corner in third place. Although he had to concede the place to Dean Smith on the exit, he then sliced inside the Carlin driver at the chicane to secure third place. While leader Alexander Rossi made a break at the front, Wickens put pressure on Smith's team-mate Josef Newgarden for second place.
Despite the Canadian setting a string of fastest laps during the middle of the race, on the twisty Hungaroring track there was no opportunity to get close enough in the disturbed slipstream to pass. On the penultimate lap Newgarden's car suffered a mechanical failure and Wickens swept into second. Although he immediately found improved grip in the clean air, there no time left to catch Rossi and he finished second.
Canadian-Lebanese driver Daniel Morad, starting from 21st on the grid after a stall on the line in yesterday's race, made good progress through the field in today's event. A strong start elevated the GMH Motorsport- backed driver to 15th and he then passed two more cars before finding himself delayed behind Rio Haryanto for the rest of the 18-lap race, unable to find a way through, and leaving him to finish a frustrated 12th place.
Russian Ivan Lukashevich, having started 25th, also found him progress thwarted by a train a cars. Although he produced consistent lap times, his best one being just 0.24s off Morad's, the traffic prevented him from improving his position through the midfield and he finished 18th.
The Drivers' View
Robert Wickens (CAN): (Result: 2nd. Fastest lap: 1m38.33s. Championship position: 2nd, 45pts).
"Second's a good result. Passing Dean on the opening lap really made my race, and it was amazing how much more grip I got when Newgarden retired - with clean air I was so much quicker but by then Rossi was too far ahead. With the fastest lap I scored as many points as any driver this weekend, so it's been good."
Daniel Morad (LIB): (Result: 12th. Best lap: 1m39.70s. Championship position: 9th, 15pts).
"I really felt at every stage that I could have gone around a second faster than we were lapping, but that's the nature of the track here with these cars - you just cannot get close enough to make a pass."
-source: status gp