Asia: Bahrain: Series race one report

Grosjean closer to the inaugural GP2 Asia title Frenchman Romain Grosjean won in Bahrain today in front of Sebastien Buemi and Kamui Kobayashi. The ART Grand Prix driver started on pole position today, but didn't manage to take off well and...

Grosjean closer to the inaugural GP2 Asia title

Frenchman Romain Grosjean won in Bahrain today in front of Sebastien Buemi and Kamui Kobayashi.

The ART Grand Prix driver started on pole position today, but didn't manage to take off well and let both iSport International men take the lead - Chandhok in front of Senna. Further back in the pack, Luca Filippi and Marco Bonanomi crashed after the first corner which led to an early safety car. Most of the cars came back to the pits with the exception of Marcello Puglisi, Hiroki Yoshimoto and Milos Pavlovic. Karun Chandhok came out of the crowded pits but quickly spun in his out-lap on cold tyres.

Behind the safety car, the BCN Competicion Serbian led Japanese Yoshimoto, Adrian Valles, Romain Grosjean and DPR's Diego Nunes. When the track cleared, Grosjean made a strong move on Valles at the end of the main straight. In front, Pavlovic, much slower than the cars behind him, fought hard to keep the lead, but eventually went a little wide and let Yoshimoto, Grosjean and Valles pass. Soon after that, Grosjean overtook the Qi-Meritus Mahara driver and led comfortably to the end, with an almost 15 second gap to Trust Team Arden's Buemi.

The Swiss drove a strong race: starting 8th on the grid, he managed to come back and fight both Valles and Kobayashi to claim second. The Dams driver eventually landed third place. Bruno Senna finished fourth after he was blocked behind his teammate in the pits. He fought his way back and overtook Valles in the last stages of the race.

Today was another disappointing race for front-row starter Karun Chandhok, but he managed to work his way back to eighth. He will hence start on pole tomorrow, next to Diego Nunes.

Romain Grosjean (ART Grand Prix): "My start was, once again, far than perfect-- We had a good pit-stop and when I got back out, I was behind Valles. At the restart, I overtook him and was quickly behind Yoshimoto. Pavlovic went off line and we passed him. After I got passed Hiroki, I applied myself not to make any mistake. This is the longest race I've ever had-- I'm one step closer to the title, but I'm mainly focusing on delivering a good performance tomorrow."

Sebastien Buemi (Trust Team Arden): "I was so frustrated after the feature race in Sepang, this result is a great satisfaction. I didn't make a good start and lost some positions, but after that, I fought back. We worked a lot on the car and I almost got fastest lap today. For tomorrow, I want to score some more points."

Kamui Kobayashi (Dams): "I touched someone at the start because I got stuck between two cars. I didn't have enough space-- After that, I had some problems with the tyres, but I managed to get on the podium. This is another great result for the team and myself."

-credit: gp2series.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Karun Chandhok , Hiroki Yoshimoto , Kamui Kobayashi , Sébastien Buemi , Romain Grosjean , Marcello Puglisi , Diego Nunes
Teams ART Grand Prix