After a disappointing Saturday race, the starting positions for both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers were all but promising for Sunday's sprint race during the opening round of the 2009 GP2 season in Barcelona. Therefore, the Fat Burner...
After a disappointing Saturday race, the starting positions for both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers were all but promising for Sunday's sprint race during the opening round of the 2009 GP2 season in Barcelona. Therefore, the Fat Burner Racing Engineering team, took advantage of today's race to try some changes while in race conditions, with both Lucas and Dani, who started 18th and 20th respectively, hoping to gain important insights for the upcoming races.
Lucas had a very good start from 18th position and overtook eight drivers in the opening lap of the race. Running in tenth position, the Fat Burner Racing Engineering driver was attacking Maldonado for ninth, but was not able to overtake the Venezuelan. In lap 18, Lucas went a bit wide in one corner, which opened the way for Nunes to pass him. Having dropped back into 11th, Lucas benefitted from Hulkenberg spinning on lap 25 and finished the race in 10th position.
The other Fat Burner Racing Engineering driver, Dani Clos, impressed during Sunday's sprint race. Although he stalled on the grid and therefore all chances to finish the race in a good position were destroyed instantly, the young Spaniard was doing an amazing job. Having had to rejoin the race from the pit lane in last place, Dani drove like a Swiss clock during every lap of the race. Not only was he marking the fastest lap time of the race, but was consistently doing extremely competitive lap times. He was able to close the huge gap he had to the rest of the field and finished the race in 19th position.
Lucas Di Grassi: The start and first lap went really well and I was able to gain eight positions. During the following laps I put some pressure on Maldonado, but afterwards it was difficult to gain more places. We made progress compared to yesterday, but we need to continue our work to improve the car. Then we will be at the top.
Dani Clos: It's a real shame my car stalled at the start. We had a very good pace and I also made the fastest lap time during the race. In general, I am happy with this weekend. We have to improve in certain aspects, mainly from my side. The team has done a perfect job during the entire weekend. We have a very good car and I hope we can put everything together for Monaco.
Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, team Principal: It's a pity Dani stalled on the grid, but now we have proof that he is an excellent driver. He did a really good job this weekend. As for Lucas, let's see, if we find the proper set up for Monaco, it should allow him to fight for the win. Once again the team has done a great job and I would like to thank the boys for having put two perfect cars on the grid for today's race after having worked all night.