Pastor Maldonado (Rapax) and Giacomo Ricci (DPR) both won races at Budapest on Bridgestone's soft specification dry tyre, Maldonado securing his fifth consecutive feature race victory. The allocated compound performed well ...
Pastor Maldonado (Rapax) and Giacomo Ricci (DPR) both won races at Budapest on Bridgestone's soft specification dry tyre, Maldonado securing his fifth consecutive feature race victory.
The allocated compound performed well throughout the weekend, although due to the low temperatures experienced during practice and qualifying the drivers were having to work harder to get heat into their tyres.
Saturday's 37 lap feature race had a delayed start following drivers stalling on the grid, and once underway Maldonado quickly took the lead. Sam Bird (ART Grand Prix) had been on pole, but after stalling, started from the pit lane along with Davide Valsecchi (iSport) which left the two front positions on the grid vacant. Racing Engineering's Christian Vietoris finished second after holding off Sergio Perez (Barwa Addax Team) who had to settle for third. Maldonado set the fastest lap.
In Sunday's 28 lap sprint race, Ricci led from lights to flag to take his first ever win in the GP2 main series. Vietoris finished second having started from seventh, and Valsecchi secured third. Ricci also took the point for the fastest lap as his DPR team-mate Michael Herck, who set the quickest lap, did not make the finish.
Maldonado extends his lead further in the drivers' championship now on 77 points, followed by Sergio Perez (Barwa Addax Team) on 51 and Dani Clos (Racing Engineering) on 43. Rapax dominate the teams' championship with 97 points, with Barwa Addax Team second on 85. ART Grand Prix remains third with 65.
With over a three week break in the calendar, the next round of the GP2 Series will be held at Spa Francorchamps on 27-29 August. Bridgestone's medium compound GP2 dry tyre will be in use at this Ardennes location in Belgium.
Quote from Hirohide Hamashima - Director of Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development
"The GP2 soft compound has performed consistently here this weekend, and offered some interesting racing. Pastor Maldonado's tyres showed reasonable wear following race one, the Venezuelan having changed only rear tyres on lap 12. With the Hungaroring demanding high levels of mechanical grip this means more work for the tyres, and it is not just the rear tyres that are worked hard but the front tyres also. However in the feature race all drivers but one opted to keep the fronts on during their compulsory pit stop, and changed only the rears to benefit from traction. In today's sprint race we saw a strong performance and effective race strategy from Giacomo Ricci, which enabled him to pull out a substantial lead. All in all, it was a good weekend's racing and congratulations to Maldonado, Ricci and their teams for two strong race wins."