ZAUGG OUT OF LUCK AFTER MOMENT IN THE SUN; SENNA'S WOES CONTINUE Legend has it that second place on the grid is a bad place to line up at the Hungaroring, because conditions are so dusty. Nobody told Adrian Zaugg as much, however. The South...
ZAUGG OUT OF LUCK AFTER MOMENT IN THE SUN; SENNA'S WOES CONTINUE
Legend has it that second place on the grid is a bad place to line up at the Hungaroring, because conditions are so dusty. Nobody told Adrian Zaugg as much, however. The South African made a terrific start from the inside of the front row to grab the initiative on the run down to Turn One -- and for the first time in his career he led a GP2 Series race.
Despite fierce pressure from behind, Zaugg controlled the pace for the first nine laps. Entering Turn Three for the 10th time, however, he was barged aside by Roldan Rodriguez (Minardi Piquet Sports), an incident that cost him several places. He rejoined just outside the top six, but was subsequently forced off the track by DAMS driver Kazuki Nakajima and retired his battered car to the pits at the end of lap 16. Nakajma was handed a drive-through penalty for his part in the incident.
Poor Bruno Senna continued to struggle. After a weekend in which he has consistently been unable to tune his car's set-up to his liking, he endured a couple of off-track excursions en route to 12th place.
Bruno Senna: "The car felt better today than it did yesterday, but it was still hard work - especially as Pastor Maldonado hit me twice. That cost me quite a few places in the first half of the race, but at least we managed to improve the chassis and I have learned the circuit. That puts me in a good frame of mind as we prepare for the races in Istanbul."
Adrian Zaugg: "I made a great start and my opening laps were very strong. I managed to pull out a reasonable gap, but on lap four my oil pressure light came on and I started to struggle to select sixth gear. That compromised my cornering speed and Kazuki Nakajima tried to take advantage. I defended as tightly as I could, but he pushed me wide and I feel very unlucky."