Doornbos happy with Suzuka result

Robert Doornbos equalled his best qualifying position of this season in today's Japanese Grand Prix by finishing in 15th position. In an sensational race, which was won by Kimi Raikkonen, Doornbos finished between the two Jordan drivers and ahead...

Robert Doornbos equalled his best qualifying position of this season in today's Japanese Grand Prix by finishing in 15th position. In an sensational race, which was won by Kimi Raikkonen, Doornbos finished between the two Jordan drivers and ahead of his teammate Christijan Albers.

Untill his first pitstop in lap 19 Robert Doornbos stayed put around his 15th starting position. Though Doornbos gained a few positions as Montoya and Pizzonia had to primaturely end their race, he lost two positions as both Alonso and Raikkonen overtook him shortly after the start.

After their pitstop Albers and Doornbos started their chase after the two Jordans of Karthikeyan and Monteiro on from P16 and P17. At the second stop of the Dutch Minardi-duo, Albers had to halt his charge as his car caught fire while Doornbos continued on from 16th position.

With only ten laps to go, the 24-year old Dutchman overtook Karthikeyan for 15th place in a stunning manouvre at the Casio Triangle. Though Doornbos impressively reduced the gap to Monteiro in the final stage of the 53 lap race, the Rotterdam born driver had to settle for 15th position at the finish.

Robert Doornbos:

"It was a good race from my point of view. I enjoyed a perfect start but because of the long safetycar situation I lost all grip in my tyres and therefore had a slightly difficult first stint. My second and third stint however were very fast and I was able to overtake Karthikeyan in the chicane for 15th position. Next stop will be China where I started my F1 career last year and where I will do my utmost to finish this season on a high!"

-www.robertdoornbos.com-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Robert Doornbos
Teams Minardi , Jordan