BARWA ADDAX TEAM PLACE BOTH DRIVERS IN THE TOP TEN.
FASTEST LAP TIME FOR PIC AND SANCTION FOR VAN DER GARDE.
Despite a series of misfortunes this weekend Barwa Addax Team both drivers have finished the second race placed in the top ten of the general classification for the driver’s championship, Giedo van der Garde is lying 7th overall, while Charles Pic, is 10th.
Charles Pic, had already demonstrated his undoubted ability behind the wheel after setting the second fastest lap time in yesterday’s race, and today he went one step further by posting the fastest race lap time and thereby scoring his first point of the season, which places him tenth in the overall rankings. Charles, who started from 9th on the starting grid, found himself held up by a car in front which relegated him to the middle of the pack. Once more he turned on the style and started making up ground and in the latter stages of the race he even set the fastest race lap time, which enabled him to pass a number of rivals to finish 10th. It’s a shame because a driver who sets the fastest lap time should be up there with the leaders fighting it out for the points.
Giedo van der Garde, started from fourth on the starting grid. He got off to a flying start and had already overtaken two drivers before getting to the first corner and was up in second position. He was consolidating his second place in the race when the race stewards decided to give him a “drive through” penalty because a mechanic had approached the car at the start when the grid had to be clear. It was a big blow to the Dutch driver’s fortunes, from being in a good position with a possibility of winning the race, he was relegated to the back of the field with no hopes of making up lost ground.
Both Giedo and Charles, will without doubt have the opportunity to put things right in the next race of the GP2 Asia series which will take place next weekend and Barwa Addax Team is raring to go at the Sakhir circuit, Bahrain, between 17th and 19th of February.