Fisichella Motor Sport - Monza GP2 and Formula BMW Summary Fisichella Motor Sport International wrapped up its 2008 GP2 Series season in style with Roldan Rodriguez taking to the rostrum in Sunday's sprint race, finishing in second position in...
Fisichella Motor Sport - Monza GP2 and Formula BMW Summary
Fisichella Motor Sport International wrapped up its 2008 GP2 Series season in style with Roldan Rodriguez taking to the rostrum in Sunday's sprint race, finishing in second position in Monza. It was his second points scoring finish of the weekend, and ensured FMSI continued its strong record at the Italian event.
The GP2 weekend began with free practice on Friday morning, with drivers qualifying in the afternoon. In the wet qualifying, Rodriguez secured himself a strong fourth row starting slot for Saturday's main race by setting the eighth fastest time. Teammate Marko Asmer began on Saturday from the 11th row after he set the 22nd quickest time in qualifying. In the 32-lap race, which began under the safety car due to the treacherous conditions, Rodriguez drove well, taking the chequered flag in sixth position, collecting three championship points. Asmer finished in 15th position, making up seven positions from his starting spot.
In Sunday's shorter race, Rodriguez began from third place due to the reverse grid system. The track was damp and Rodriguez initially took the lead of the race, passing Davide Valsecchi and Jerome D'Ambrosio. Unfortunately he lost position to Valsecchi on lap eight, but put in a fine drive to hold onto second, securing FMSI with a very welcome podium. Asmer was unable to reach the finish after another car touched the FMSI entry, putting an early end to his race.
The season finale of the Formula BMW Europe Championship also took place, with FMSI drivers Pedro Bianchini, Mihai Marinescu and Ollie Millroy in action at Monza. There were two top-ten finishes for the team in Saturday's race, as Marinescu crossed the line in seventh with Bianchini in ninth. A collision on the last lap with Adrien Tambay put Millroy out of the race and, with the monocoque badly damaged, the team was not able to field Millroy in Sunday's race. Sunday proved a disappointing end to a very strong debut season for FMSI when both Marinescu and Pedro were put out of the race by other cars on the last lap.
Paolo Coloni, Team Principal: "I'm actually pleased and feel we have had a very good end to the season in both championships. I was very happy with the performance of the GP2 car and it was a fantastic end to the season to see Roldan on the podium. We have finished the season in a good position with a good car and that will carry us through the next tests and put us in a good position for the GP2 Asia championship. In Formula BMW Europe I am very happy with our season overall. It was our first year and we have shown how well we can perform. We finished fifth in the championship and I am very excited now at the prospect of what we can do next season."