Hockenheim: Renault race two report

Kovalainen retains GP2 series lead after Germany Heikki Kovalainen remains in the lead of the GP2 series after adding a sixth place in Sunday's race to the fifth he scored on Saturday. Heikki Kovalainen remains in the lead of the GP2 series ...

Kovalainen retains GP2 series lead after Germany

Heikki Kovalainen remains in the lead of the GP2 series after adding a sixth place in Sunday's race to the fifth he scored on Saturday.

Heikki Kovalainen remains in the lead of the GP2 series after adding a sixth place in Sunday's race to the fifth he scored on Saturday. However the Finn's advantage over nearest rival Nico Rosberg has been cut to six points, with five weekends and 10 races still to come.

Hockenheim was a difficult weekend for Heikki, who struggled to find grip from the Arden car. The Renault Driver Development squad member started the Sunday race from fourth place, but lost a position on the frantic first lap. He was passed by Rosberg on the second lap after being forced wide, and thereafter held on to sixth place for the duration of the 27 lap event. He finished just behind the fifth placed car.

Jose Maria Lopez started the Sunday race in 14th after a frustrating outing on Sunday. The DAMS team made major changes to the set-up overnight, and viewed the second race as a test session. After losing out in some first lap scraps Jose found the car much more to his liking and made several passing moves on his way to an eventual 10th place. Although he didn't score any points at Hockenheim he remains seventh in the championship, just nine points adrift of fourth. Both drivers will be back in action at the Hungaroring next weekend.

Heikki Kovalainen: "I was struggling with the grip all the way through, and I didn't get any benefit from new tyres when I put them on on the grid. On the second lap Piquet braked late and I braked late as well, and I had to use the extra tarmac to get the exit. That's when Nico passed us. I don't think I really had a chance today, and there was nothing much I could do, as Nico was clearly quicker today. But I still got a point, and it might be useful by the end of the season. This was the first weekend where we've really struggled this year, and the problem is we don't really know what's wrong. I've never been to Hungary, but I don't think it will be a problem because it doesn't take long to learn tracks.'

Jose Maria Lopez: "We changed nearly everything on the car, and it was better. At least it was possible to push a bit more and to overtake some people. It was a shame that at the second corner one car went wide when I was passing, and I had to go all the way round with him. I lost at least four positions there, after gaining some at the start. I think I was 15th on the first lap, and after that I passed some more cars. Then I was behind Premat, but it was not possible to get close enough to pass him. Yesterday it was impossible to drive the car, and we have a lot of data, and we know this is a good direction. But there's still a lot to improve. I've raced in Hungary twice and it always went OK, but it's difficult to say how we'll get on. I hope to score points so we don't lose too much ground in the championship, as I'm still very close to fourth place.'

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Nico Rosberg , Heikki Kovalainen , Jose Maria Lopez
Teams DAMS