SERGIO PEREZ FINISHES IN THE POINTS AND WILL START FROM SECOND POSITION TOMORROW. MAX CLINTON, DOGGED BY BAD LUCK, FINISHES EIGHTEENTH. The first race in the GP2 Asia Series 2009 -- 10 took place this morning at the Sakhir circuit in Barhain.
SERGIO PEREZ FINISHES IN THE POINTS AND WILL START FROM SECOND POSITION TOMORROW. MAX CLINTON, DOGGED BY BAD LUCK, FINISHES EIGHTEENTH.
The first race in the GP2 Asia Series 2009 -- 10 took place this morning at the Sakhir circuit in Barhain. The drivers of the Spanish Barwa Addax team, Sergio Perez and Max Chilton finished in seventh and eighteenth position respectively.
Sergio Perez drove a fine race after starting from tenth on the starting grid. He made a flying start, which meant he was able to gain positions on the first lap and from then on he managed to stay with the leading group of drivers throughout the whole race. Nearly all the teams decided to make their compulsory pit stop, with tyre change, at the same time, that is to say as soon as it was possible to do so. This of course meant that the cars in the last laps of the race were running on completely worn tyres. Nevertheless, the Mexican driver was very constant and regular throughout the race and was able to hold off the attacks from the drivers behind. The conservative set up of the car affected him in some sectors, but it was clear that the Barwa Addax Team car was causing less wear on the tyres and he managed to produce a race rhythm similar to that of the leading drivers. In the last few laps he concentrated on holding on to his seventh position, which means he will start from the front row of the grid for tomorrow's second sprint race.
Max Chilton, on the other hand, was unfortunate to choose the wide line at the start and he got caught up in an incident on the first corner, which forced him off the track in an attempt to avoid having a collision. This meant that he was relegated to the back of the field, and all this after having performed well in the qualifiers and starting from the middle of the starting grid. In the pack of back markers he was clearly held up by slower rivals. In his efforts to overtake and climb his way back through the field he was forced to push hard on the brakes and tyres and this made it impossible for him to get into a good race rhythm. Nevertheless, the English driver of the Barwa Addax Team continues to make important progress and has adapted quickly to the team's way of working, to the class and to a circuit that he was driving for the first time. Max has consolidated his position and is gaining valuable experience in GP2 which will help him reach his short term goals.
Tomorrow, Saturday 27th, the second race will start at 13.10 hrs local time. It will be raced over 23 laps of the 5,412 metre Sakhir circuit.