GOOD PERFORMANCE FROM SERGIO PEREZ TO START NEW SEASON BARWA ADDAX TEAM AND GIEDO VAN DER GARDE HAMPERED BY A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES. The first race of the GP2 Main Series season took place this afternoon at the Spanish circuit...
GOOD PERFORMANCE FROM SERGIO PEREZ TO START NEW SEASON
BARWA ADDAX TEAM AND GIEDO VAN DER GARDE HAMPERED BY A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES.
The first race of the GP2 Main Series season took place this afternoon at the Spanish circuit of Montmelo. Mexican driver Sergio Perez, finished just off the winner's rostrum in fourth position and Giedo van der Garde finished back in the field, after being penalized twice.
Sergio drove an excellent race. After having finished in a great second place at the end of yesterday's qualification session, Checo made a fine start and was fighting for the lead at the very first corner. There was contact in the tussle for first position and he was forced to take a different line to escape the trouble. Sergio broke clear and from this moment on he started to dominate proceedings, setting a race rhythm that only Charles Pic managed to keep up with, but some distance behind. Little by little, the young Mexican driver pulled away and increased his lead to five seconds. At this point he came into the pits to make his tyre change but unfortunately the crank to lift the car broke and Sergio lost at least 10 seconds to all his rivals in the pit stop. When he got back out on the track, not only had he lost the lead built up but was now five seconds off the pace in fourth position. Sergio made a great effort to fight back but he was unable to get the cherished podium place he really deserved and all caused by a simple device, that very rarely breaks and that had been used throughout the day without any problems.
Giedo was dogged by bad luck from the start. A sensor in his car indicated that the the engine was not heating up correctly, which meant that the team had to find a solution and they were late in getting the car on the grid. He was penalized with a drive through and then was given a further 10 second stop and go penalty for making a false start. These two circumstances on the very first lap of the race more or less sealed his fate, as he had lost almost a complete lap to the rest of his rivals. Despite all this, he set a good race rhythm and he crossed the finishing line just behind one of his rivals, having made up considerable ground with no reward.
Tomorrow the second race gets under way at ten o'clock in the morning local time. The drivers of Barwa Addax Team look set to offer something more if they are given a better rub of the green.