Bahrain: Lucas di Grassi race one, two report

Di Grassi out of luck in Sunday GP2 race Lucas di Grassi was the unlucky victim of a first corner collision in the Sunday GP2 race in Bahrain, and was forced to retire on the spot. However, his fifth place with the ART entry in the Saturday race...

Di Grassi out of luck in Sunday GP2 race

Lucas di Grassi was the unlucky victim of a first corner collision in the Sunday GP2 race in Bahrain, and was forced to retire on the spot. However, his fifth place with the ART entry in the Saturday race and strong qualifying pace has given the Renault Driver Development squad member some cause for encouragement.

The Saturday result ensured that he started the second event in fourth place. He got off the line well, but as he turned into the first corner he was hit hard from behind and knocked into a spin. Several other cars also became involved, and Lucas was not able to continue.

"My start was really good,' said Lucas. "But the in the middle of the corner I got hit by Zuber, and that was it. My starts have been OK, and yesterday the pace was really good. It wasn't a lost weekend, I think we have the pace to be fighting for wins. We didn't score the points that we expected to this weekend, but in Barcelona we'll come back. We just have to forget this one and look forward!'

Despite his mixed emotions about the outcome of the two races, Lucas has thoroughly enjoyed his first weekend with the ART team.

"The guys work hard, they do a very good job, but GP2 is not like F1, where you have the freedom to do a lot of things. It's the same parts for everybody, so it's just the way you put the parts together. The cars are the same as last year, so everybody caught up, and now it's a lot more competitive. We expect to have a very tough championship in front of us, and the details will make the difference.'

-credit: rdd

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Lucas di Grassi