NOT A SAUSAGE FROM HOCKEHEIM TODAY The chequered flag at the end of the action-packed first race in Hockenheim couldn't have come at a better time for DPR. An unfortunate Nelson Piquet had been running in 8th place until a fuel issue...
NOT A SAUSAGE FROM HOCKEHEIM TODAY
The chequered flag at the end of the action-packed first race in Hockenheim couldn't have come at a better time for DPR. An unfortunate Nelson Piquet had been running in 8th place until a fuel issue prevented him from crossing the finish line and the lucky runner in 9th place was Clivio Piccione. He claimed 8th and, with it, pole position for today's second race. Fast-improving Vitaly Petrov came through from 23rd on the grid to finish 15th which added to the delight of team boss, David Price. "It was a fantastic day and couldn't have come at a better time to give everyone at DPR a boost. Vitaly did a really good job and kept his nose clean throughout the race, avoiding the many incidents. His fastest lap was only a fraction slower than Clivio's so I'm very pleased. His first time in the car he was 3 seconds off, the next time he was 2 seconds and this time he was 1.5 seconds so we can't ask for better than that. As for Clivio's pole, we may have lucked into that but we will take our luck however it comes at the moment!"
Unfortunately yesterday's pole didn't translate into a race win today. The Monegasque was desperately disappointed to see his race finish on the first lap after an off-track excursion and subsequent contact with another car.
Vitaly Petrov secured a second 15th place finish. David Price said after the race, "It's not good enough. Clivio got himself in the wrong position and unfortunately paid the price. Vitaly should probably have finished a bit higher up but wasn't comfortable with the car today. The positive is that he got plenty of mileage under his belt and now goes on to Hungary which is a circuit he not only knows well but has won at recently."
The Russian's race engineer, Chris Gorne, explained a little more about Petrov's first race weekend in GP2. "Vitaly learned a lot yesterday and his performance reflected that. He made a good start but the car wasn't beneath him in the same way as it was yesterday. He struggled with it as it was more nervous to drive, possibly because of the track and also the new tyres that we put on for today's race. It didn't really come together for Vitaly until the car had settled in and, by then, it was a little too late to make a difference. He did very well overall, though, and we're all looking forward to Hungary."