No luck for RDD boys in Hungarian rain Renault Driver Development squad members Jose Maria Lopez and Lucas di Grassi were among the many victims of treacherous conditions at the Hungaroring as heavy rain made the GP2 sprint race into a ...
No luck for RDD boys in Hungarian rain
Renault Driver Development squad members Jose Maria Lopez and Lucas di Grassi were among the many victims of treacherous conditions at the Hungaroring as heavy rain made the GP2 sprint race into a lottery.
Having finished eighth in the Saturday race, Jose started from pole. The cars ran for three laps behind the safety car before the green flag flew and Jose led the field away. He had the difficult job of being first to discover how wet it really was, and he was caught out as early as the exit of the second corner, when he was trying to hold of Adam Carroll. The back end snapped away from him, and the Super Nova car spun into the barrier. Although damage was superficial, he could not continue.
Lucas started from 14th and kept out of trouble in the early laps as he made good progress up the field with the Durango car. He soon got up to an impressive fifth place, before he lost control just past the point where Jose had gone off. He spun nose first into the tyre wall.
There is a gap of two weeks before the next race in Istanbul, where with luck the weather will be a little kinder!
Jose Maria Lopez: "The conditions were very difficult, and I haven't done many kilometres in the rain. I arrived in the second corner, and I was watching Adam Carroll very closely. I managed to keep my position. As I shifted to third on the exit I was so gentle on the throttle, and suddenly the car was gone, and I couldn't do anything. In these conditions you never know what can happen, but we had a pretty good chance today from the first row if it was going to be dry. We didn't have the greatest weekend here, but Turkey was quite good for me last year, and I qualified third. I hope I can win a race before the end of the year."
Lucas di Grassi: "When it's wet the cars are a little more equal. I started 14th, and we had a good pace. I had to go on the limit to try to overtake people, and it was pretty good. I was running fifth by lap 12 when I made a mistake and I spun. It was a shame because I didn't make any mistakes before that, and I was just keeping my pace. I think we should have finished in the points. Let's see for Istanbul. We will have a hard tyre there, and the last time we used it was in Silverstone, and we were good. So I expect to be quick there, even if I don't know the circuit."
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