Car 9: Oliver Turvey (GBR) - 5th Car 10: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) - 3rd VALSECCHI CHARGES TO PODIUM FINISH, TURVEY SCORES AGAIN iSport driver Davide Valsecchi was the star of this morning's GP2 Series sprint at the Hungaroring, Budapest. From ...
Car 9: Oliver Turvey (GBR) - 5th
Car 10: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) - 3rd
VALSECCHI CHARGES TO PODIUM FINISH, TURVEY SCORES AGAIN
iSport driver Davide Valsecchi was the star of this morning's GP2 Series sprint at the Hungaroring, Budapest. From ninth on the grid, the Italian driver made a flying start to move into the top five and pulled off a bold, late-race move to wrest third place from Giedo van der Garde.
Team-mate Oliver Turvey lost a handful of positions during the opening lap, - but fought back to finish fifth his second points finish of the weekend.
"I really enjoyed that - it's just a pity I didn't make the same start yesterday, when I was at the front of the grid! Before the race, I thought my best hope might be to score a couple of points, but the first lap put me in a strong position and I just continued to push. When I realised I was catching van der Garde I threw caution to the wind. He tried to defend coming into Turn Two, but I left my braking very late and passed him on the inside. I was particularly proud of that move... "The car has been getting stronger and stronger in recent races and it's a shame that yesterday's problem denied me a shot at victory, because that was definitely achievable, but after what we've done this weekend I'm confident I can challenge for victory at Spa, Monza and Abu Dhabi..."
"We changed the clutch map overnight and that enabled me to get a better start today, but unfortunately the first couple of corners didn't work out particularly well - I ended up being forced wide, which cost me a couple of positions. After that it was a question of biding my time and capitalising on others' errors. Tyre degradation was fairly high, so I tried to look after the car and then started to push a little harder at the end. I was catching Giedo van de Garde during the final couple of laps, but ultimately I just ran out of time. The encouraging thing, though, is that we have had a much better race pace this weekend - and I anticipate that we'll be in very good shape for the final three rounds of the championship."