Asia: Bahrain II: Campos GP race one report

DISCREET PERFORMANCE FROM DRIVERS OF BARWA CAMPOS TEAM This afternoon, the penultimate race on the GP2 Asia Series calendar took place in Bahrain with Barwa drivers Sergio Perez and Vitaly Petrov finishing in a modest 12th and 19th place ...

DISCREET PERFORMANCE FROM DRIVERS OF BARWA CAMPOS TEAM

This afternoon, the penultimate race on the GP2 Asia Series calendar took place in Bahrain with Barwa drivers Sergio Perez and Vitaly Petrov finishing in a modest 12th and 19th place respectively.

The drivers of the Spanish team were unable to give a good account of themselves in the qualifications due to endless mechanical problems with their cars. In the case of Petrov, he could only get in two laps during the only free practice session, which meant it was impossible to find the right set up for the cars.

Sergio Perez, who started from 13th on the grid made a magnificent start which gave him the opportunity to fight it out with drivers who were in points scoring positions. However, after his compulsory pit stop, including tyre change the performance of the car was not the same and braking problems meant he wasn't capable of maintaining the race rhythm of his rivals.

Vitaly Petrov was dogged by bad luck especially with the numerous mechanical problems suffered this weekend. During his pit stop his engine overheated causing the car to cut out. By the time he got back out on to the track he had already lost two laps which left him completely out of the running. Nevertheless, Petrov was still capable of driving the second fastest lap of the race, a feat worthy of merit given the circumstances.

Despite this, Vitaly is still in fifth place in the overall drivers championship and Sergio lies seventh in the rankings. In the team championship the Barwa Campos Team is third overall.

Tomorrow the 26th at 11.30 local time, the last race of this season's GP2 Asia series will take place. In two weeks, the new GP2 season in Europe will get under way at the Spanish circuit of Montmelo, and as in previous years will accompany Formula 1.

-credit: campos

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Vitaly Petrov , Sergio Perez