Just as in last week's Chinese GP, Robert Doornbos again showed to be on top of his game by delivering another fine performance in today's Japanese GP. After a strong showing, the 25-year old Dutchman finished the 53 laps Japanese Grand Prix in...
Just as in last week's Chinese GP, Robert Doornbos again showed to be on top of his game by delivering another fine performance in today's Japanese GP. After a strong showing, the 25-year old Dutchman finished the 53 laps Japanese Grand Prix in 13th position.
A safe and sound getaway marks Doornbos' second start for Red Bull Racing in Suzuka. On from 20th position, the Dutch ace gains 3 positions in the opening laps as he overtakes Takuma Sato and Vitantonio Liuzzi and also gains a position as Rubens Barrichello makes an early unscheduled stop.
After having chased Christijan Albers for a couple of laps, Doornbos overtakes his fellow countryman in lap 09. When Jarno Trulli starts the first serie of pitstops in lap 12, Doornbos immediately starts chasing teammate David Coulthard.
After both RBR drivers have pitted, Doornbos rejoins in P18, right behind 'DC'. With several other drivers also having made their pitstop, both drivers gain three positions halfway this 53 laps race. After the second visit to his pitcrew in lap 36, Doornbos soon climbs up to the 13th position as Coulthard, Webber and race leader Michael Schumacher all retire.
In the final ten laps the race progresses quite uneventful for the Dutchman as he leads Liuzzi with a twelf second margin, but too far behind Barrichello to make a move. While Fernando Alonso wins the race, Doornbos takes the chequered flag in 13th position after again a strong showing.
"A good race, but finishing higher up the ranks was just not possible for us today unfortunately. I lost two positions at the start as I had some trouble with our clutch. After that though I pushed very hard all the way, overtook all our direct opponents and finished the race in a conservative way in order to save our engine for Brasil. After last week's GP in China, I think I can again look back satisfied at another solid showing here in Suzuka. Hopefully we'll be able to finish our season on a high in Sao Paolo in a fortnight!"