Razia maintains Title push with Top Ten start
GP2 Series qualifying proved to be a tight affair at the Sakhir International Circuit, Bahrain, with less than one second covering the top 15 drivers. In the midst of this competitive maelstrom, championship leader Luiz Razia secured ninth place on the grid for Arden International, less than two tenths of a second from a front-row berth. It puts the Brazilian in an excellent position to record another strong points finish and build on his flying start to the season in Malaysia last month.
The race promises to be tougher for team-mate Simon Trummer. The Swiss was 16th fastest in free practice, less than a second adrift of fifth-placed Razia, but slipped to 24th during the qualifying session.
Simon Trummer comments:
““I had a technical problem during free practice and managed only three laps, but my pace was pretty good and I ended up 16th. I was happy with that, because I have not previously driven at Sakhir and felt sure I could improve during qualifying. I struggled to get the best from the car, though, after switching from the prime tyre to the softer option. I need to study the data to see what went wrong so that I can get back up to speed in the feature race.”
Luiz Razia comments:
““Free practice went well. I was happy with my car’s balance and made only a few detail changes to improve the set-up for qualifying. Unfortunately, I then got caught behind a group of four cars on my first run – and that was my best lap because I’d chosen to begin with the softer tyre. Looking at the sector times I could easily have made it into the top four, but at least I know I have a strong car for the race. I’m starting in a points-scoring position and will do my best to move as far up the field as I can. Let’s see how things go...”