DANIELSSON STRONG IN RACE AFTER PROBLEMS IN QUALIFYING, IMPRESSIVE COME BACK OF MALDONADO
After taking 3rd & 4th place of his group in qualifying (wet conditions) Pastor Maldonado was ideally placed to score his first point of this season after missing most of it. In race 1 Pastor had a good start and from 5th on the grid he managed to keep his position in corner 1. As he was running in the rhythm of the leaders a mechanical problem stooped before mid race.
In race 2 Maldonado was 7th on the grid and due to a confusion of the leading cars in corner 1 and a perfect start for Pastor, he took the lead coming in corner 2. The safety car came in and while a car blown his engine and spread some oil on the track, Pastor spun on the oil and lost the benefit of the lead. He managed to get back on the track in 9th position and took chequered flag in 7th place.
Pastor Maldonado : "It is a good come back, we came here with a big lack of experience as I missed a big part of the season. Also the pre race free practice sessions was reduced to 1 day which did not help us. Friday we were quite far behind and I am really proud of the team because in 2 days we have reduced most of the gap and we finished the weekend in the leading group. We have still to work but I am satisfied."
Alx Danielsson did an impressive performance in race today after misadventure of Saturday. Alx was quite happy with the wet track yesterday in qualifying as he had shown strong performances in the rain previously, unfortunately he had to go out to avoid a car in his fast lap of qualifying 1 (he had set fast 1st sector overall) and took 6th place of his group, and he was hit by another car in his 2nd lap of qualifying 2 and gad to set his time with a bent front suspension. From 12th and 19th on the grid Alx brought the points of 7th and 9th place.
Alx Danielsson : "This morning I had a good start, it helped me a lot to get the points of 7th place, but we were not fast enough to make a better result and we have decided to make some changes on the car for race 2. This afternoon the car was better, especially in the beginning of the race. After the safety car I stayed on the track as long as possible but I was held up and after my mandatory pit stop I got out of the pits in the middle of a group of cars, with one second better I could be in front of them and get 2 more places, any way I am quite happy as I passed a lot of cars today and we managed to make a strong race after our missed qualifying."
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