Disappointment for RDD drivers at Barcelona Renault Driver Development squad members Jose Maria Lopez and Lucas di Grassi both endured what can only be called 'character building' days in the first GP2 race at Barcelona on Saturday. Jose was ...
Disappointment for RDD drivers at Barcelona
Renault Driver Development squad members Jose Maria Lopez and Lucas di Grassi both endured what can only be called 'character building' days in the first GP2 race at Barcelona on Saturday. Jose was involved in an accident that was not of his making, while Lucas was delayed by pit and strategy mishaps.
Jose qualified the Super Nova car a respectable seventh. He lost a couple of places on the first lap and soon found the car was lacking speed, especially on the two critical final corners that determine your speed onto the long main straight. That made him vulnerable to attack from behind, and at the start of lap 23 he was hit by Gianmaria Bruni, who lost control while setting up a passing move. Both men ended their races in the gravel trap.
Lucas started 19th in the Durango entry, and gained a few places on the first lap. He too was happy with the car, but he was also hampered by radio problems and delays in the pit. He made his stop on lap 9, which was later than most of those around him. He was eventually classified 13th. Lucas has yet to score a point this year after a series of troubled races. Both men are hoping for better luck on Sunday, when Lucas starts 13th, and Jose 21st.
Jose Maria Lopez (Super Nova): 'There's not much to say! We were really slow and couldn't do anything. I knew it was going to happen and it's not bad luck, and if it wasn't Bruni, it would have been someone else. I had massive understeer in the last few corners so I was slow onto the straight. I didn't see what happened behind me or whether it was his fault. I really wanted to finish, because some people say I'm quick but I don't finish, but I think I've shown everybody that even if the car isn't good enough to be top 10, I've been scoring points. For sure we're going to try some big changes for Sunday to see if we can improve the car, because there's no way to score strong points from where we are.'J Lucas di Grassi (Durango): 'It was not a good day. The car was not even close to being perfect, we screwed up on the strategy, and the radio didn't work properly! We lost a lot of time in the pit stops. I did what I could, the best possible in the circumstances. I know I am a rookie and I need to improve and learn a lot, but the team also needs to improve.'