Abu Dhabi: Rapax race 1 report

Luiz Razia, 7th Pastor Maldonado, 17th At the end of a lengthy break, the GP2 Main Series was back underway this weekend at Abu Dhabi, for the final round of the 2010 season. With title honours already in Pastor Maldonado's pocket, the Rapax...

Luiz Razia, 7th
Pastor Maldonado, 17th

At the end of a lengthy break, the GP2 Main Series was back underway this weekend at Abu Dhabi, for the final round of the 2010 season. With title honours already in Pastor Maldonado's pocket, the Rapax Team went on-track with the goal to double-up in the teams' standings. At the end of the first race day of the weekend, Rapax drivers Razia and Maldonado scored respectively 7th and 17th place. Their races have been conditioned by several woes. Razia, who run great since the early stages, could have won his bid for a podium spot. Unfortunately, he was slowed down by an electronic gearbox issue, and had to give up ground in the second half of the distance.

After suffering from bad luck in practice, and having to serve a 10-spot penalty for today's grid, Maldonado proved ready when the lights went off. He quickly challenged through the field from the 21st spot. His great all-around performance was then conditioned by a yellow-flag pass, and by the following drive-through assessed by race control. The racing weekend at Abu Dhabi will be ending tomorrow, with the final race of the weekend, starting at 13:30 local time. The race will benefit from a widespread live TV coverage.

Luiz Razia. "My start has been pretty good, despite I had Grosjean on the inside at the first corner. I managed to pass Leimer, and I held 4th place. Everything was fine, the pit-stop went on fast and flawlessly, but I started experiencing some gearbox issues. At that point, I moved the braking balance to the front, and avoided to hit the kerbs too hard, in order to minimize the stress transferred to the transmission. Of course, my race pace was hit, and I ended up in 7th after having climbed up to 3rd. It's a pity, but I'll be back at it on tomorrow's Race 2, as I'll take off from the front row."

Pastor Maldonado. "I made a great start but at the first corner I had to hit the runoff area to avoid some cars that got involved in a tangle. At that point I started lapping on a great pace, with my racecar running much more smoothly than in Qualifying. Only in the last few laps I was forced to slow down a bit. Of course, the drive-trough had the worst impact on today's race. Honestly, I couldn't figure out the reason judging from the cockpit, but it's not time to complain. I hope to drive a positive race tomorrow, and to end 2010 in the best possible way"

-source: rapax

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Pastor Maldonado , Luiz Razia
Teams Rapax