Team AriAsia Spa race 1 report

Team AirAsia press release

This afternoon Davide Valsecchi made a good come back in the GP2 Spa- Francorchamps race starting from twenty-fifth on the grid he gained fifteen positions to finish tenth.

Davide Valsecchi
Davide Valsecchi

Photo by: GP2 Media Service

As heavy rainfall disrupted the session Caterham Team AirAsia made a fine pit stop to aid the Italians pursuit on track. Davide drove an intelligent race managing his car well to bring the car home in unpredictable conditions.

Unfortunately for Luiz Razia his race was over too soon when a car behind lost control and collided with the Brazilian on his second lap. Damage to his rear wing sadly forced Luiz to finish there and then ruining his race.

Looking ahead the team have not ruled out a points finish in what looks set to be another eventful race tomorrow morning.

Phill Spencer: "Davide got a good start today gaining several positions in the first lap. As things progressed into the second lap Pic made a risky move down the inside and went straight into the back of Luiz unfortunately putting an early end to his race. Meanwhile Davide stayed out there and kept it on track. He used his head during the race and brought the car home tenth with his sights on a points finish tomorrow. Luiz will have another tough race in the morning starting from the back of the grid but we will give him the best car possible and go from there!"

Davide Valsecchi (Best time 2:04.024 / Best Lap: 8 / P10): "The race was really good today. I got a good start and went quite well in the dry and even better in the wet with set up we used. It was unfortunate we didn't get much time to fight in the wet conditions under the safety car, but that's just the way things go. I was eleventh when the safety car came in and with just one lap to go I gained a position, so overall we are happy with how the race went having gained a lot of places. We are in a good position tomorrow to score some points, so I hope we can be lucky and do just that. "

Luiz Razia (Best time 2:17.974 / Best Lap: 1 /DNF): "My start today was not great and I lost two positions in the third corner. I found some clear space as I began my second lap, but as I braked into the first turn I was hit from behind by Pic. Having watched the replays it looks like he spun by himself and I was in his path, it's just bad luck. As for tomorrow, it's very difficult to know what we will do yet as we do not know what the conditions will be. Spa is very changeable as we have seen yet again today, but it's a short race so it will be difficult from the back of the grid. If it starts raining and there are pit stops it could make things interesting! We will see."

Humphrey Corbett: "This was a race of epic proportions! I wish I could be happy for both our drivers at the same time, but it seems to be one or the other this season. Unfortunately it was Luiz's turn to get caught up in someone else's incident when an Addax car spun and went into the back of him. There's not a great deal of damage but it was enough to end his race early today. As for Davide, from almost last on the grid he made his way up to tenth, which is a good effort. We got him in at the right time, the guys did a brilliant pit stop and he drove well under tricky conditions. During the long safety car period towards the end of the race cars were dropping out and having problems with their engine temperatures, so they went into what's called a safety mode. Davide managed his car very well and in return he gained some places, so we are well within a shout of collecting some points in the race tomorrow."

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Davide Valsecchi , Luiz Razia
Tags razia, spa, team airasia, valsecchi