FMSI determined after Barcelona disappointment Fisichella Motor Sport International's will head into the second round of the 2008 GP2 Series in Turkey in a fortnight's time determined to score well after a disappointing opening round in ...
FMSI determined after Barcelona disappointment
Fisichella Motor Sport International's will head into the second round of the 2008 GP2 Series in Turkey in a fortnight's time determined to score well after a disappointing opening round in Barcelona.
It looked to be a strong weekend for the Italian outfit when Adrian Valles posted the sixth fastest time in qualifying on Friday, setting him up for a third place grid slot for Saturday's main race. However, with the safety car deployed on the first lap it was a dash out of the pits as the entire field made their mandatory stops. Losing out in the pits, Valles made a second stop towards the end of the race for new tyres and scored FMSI's first point of the 2008 campaign as he scored the fastest lap of the race. However, his 18th place finish put him on the ninth row for Sunday's shorter race. He made good progress over the sprint event, moving up seven places to 11th, but unfortunately was still out of the points.
Valles' team-mate Roldan Rodrigues had a weekend to forget. Rodrigues only joined the team just prior to the start of the season in Spain, and so did not have the benefit of pre-season testing with FMSI. He qualified on the twelfth row in 24th but failed to finish the feature race due to an accident. In Sunday's sprint event he was forced to retire with a technical problem, which may have been linked to Saturday's accident.
Paolo Coloni, Team Principal: "I am disappointed not to score more points, just the one for fastest lap, in the first weekend and it's been a tough start to the season. We had a lot of problems that were not expected, but we will now work hard for the next event. We know where we are now, qualifying was good and we had a good pace, which we saw from Adrian's fastest lap."