ROMAIN GROSJEAN IMPROVES 15 POSITIONS AND VITALY PETROV IS FORCED TO RETIRE. In the first GP2 Series race, which took place this afternoon at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest, the drivers of the Barwa Addax Team finished, with Romain ...
ROMAIN GROSJEAN IMPROVES 15 POSITIONS AND VITALY PETROV IS FORCED TO RETIRE.
In the first GP2 Series race, which took place this afternoon at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest, the drivers of the Barwa Addax Team finished, with Romain Grosjean passing the chequered flag in tenth place and Vitaly Petrov in twentieth position.
Romain drove a very good race, considering he had to start from the back of the grid in 25th position, after only having been able to complete three laps in qualifications yesterday due to a collision caused by one of his rivals, who was later banned by the stewards from driving in today's first race. The incident left the French-Swiss driver in last place at the start. Nevertheless Grosjean's effort today is worthy of praise. To make up 15 positions on a circuit as tight and as difficult to overtake on as this one, is impressive. When he was free of traffic problems his race rhythm and lap times were the same as those fighting out the leading positions.
Vitaly had a terribly unfortunate time of it, as he was forced to retire with mechanical problems before making his compulsory pit stop. Petrov had started the race with engine problems. He had tried to inform his engineers and mechanics before the start but there was nothing they could do at this stage, so the Russian driver had to race in inferior conditions. He fought hard in the opening stages of the race but once the performance of his car started to deteriorate, he started to lose ground and with it all hopes of getting in among the points, a position which he probably deserved.
Tomorrow's second race will take place over 22 laps covering a distance of 122.61 Kilometres and start at 10.30 hrs local time.