Hungaroring: Racing Engineering race one report

Cool results at a hot track Bittersweet results for both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers in today's GP2 feature race at the Hungaroring, where Lucas Di Grassi finished in second place and Dani Clos crossed the line in eleventh. The ...

Cool results at a hot track

Bittersweet results for both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers in today's GP2 feature race at the Hungaroring, where Lucas Di Grassi finished in second place and Dani Clos crossed the line in eleventh.

The first race of the sixth round of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship started well for Lucas and Dani. The Brazilian driver had a great start from pole position and managed to keep his place when entering the first corner, while his team mate was able to gain three places and avoid a major collision in front on him at the second corner. However, somebody hit Dani between the first two corners, damaging his Fat Burner Racing Engineering car.

Lucas led the field during the first half of the race keeping Villa and Hulkenberg behind him under control. When Lucas entered the pits for the compulsory pit stop at the end of lap 11, he was able to rejoin the race as leader, but shortly after Hulkenberg saw an opportunity to overtake the pole sitter at turn 2. Lucas tried by all means to keep up with the German, but to no avail, and when crossing the finish line, he had to settle for second.

Spanish rookie Dani, saw his race affected by an early collision, but tried to get the best out of a damaged car around the twisty Hungaroring circuit. Lack of stability under braking forced him into making mistakes during the race. He lost time and positions which dropped him back from 9th to 11th. Dani finished in eleventh position and although once again he was not being able to show his real potential, he continues to aim for his first points in the championship.

Lucas Di Grassi: We had a good start, a good race and a good pit stop. The team did a great job. We were at the maximum and more was not possible. We just didn't have the pace of the ART cars. We have gotten closer to the front in the championship, which was our aim before this weekend. So far we scored 10 points this weekend, and maybe some more tomorrow. I would also like to mention that I am very sorry about the accident of my friend Felipe (Massa). I hope he gets well as soon as possible and will go to visit him as soon as it is allowed.

Dani Clos: I had a good start, but between corner one and two, someone touched me. There was also a big accident ahead of me with several cars involved, but I managed to avoid it. My car suffered some damages on the side and that affected the aerodynamics; as a consequence I dropped back some places. I lost stability under braking and this forced me into making some errors. Our pit stop was good, but the result is a bit of a shame, as I think we could have done much better. However, I am still aiming for points, which is fundamental.

Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, Team President: Great second position from Lucas. Nice handfull of points for the championship. Pity about Dani, but he was lucky to avoid the big pile up at the second corner. So all in all with a damaged car he did very well. As usual I want to thank all the boys for the great teamwork they've done and the fantastic pit stops.

-credit: re

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Dani Clos
Teams Racing Engineering