Kovalainen takes GP2 series lead into summer break Heikki Kovalainen had a frustrating weekend in Hungary but still managed to extend his GP2 series lead over rival Nico Rosberg by one point. Heikki Kovalainen had a frustrating weekend in ...
Kovalainen takes GP2 series lead into summer break
Heikki Kovalainen had a frustrating weekend in Hungary but still managed to extend his GP2 series lead over rival Nico Rosberg by one point.
Heikki Kovalainen had a frustrating weekend in Hungary but still managed to extend his GP2 series lead over rival Nico Rosberg by one point. The teams and drivers now have a short break until action resumes in Istanbul in the third weekend in August.
Following his close second place on Saturday Kovalainen started seventh on Sunday, but once again the Renault Driver Development squad member lost momentum at the start. He was still seventh at the end of the first lap, and eventually moved up to fifth.
However as on Saturday he found himself stuck behind Neel Jani. He was unable to make any further progress with the Arden entry, while the leaders remained tantalising close up ahead. Heikki now leads Rosberg by 79 points to 72, with four events to come in Turkey, Italy, Belgium and Bahrain.
Following his retirement from Saturday's race Jose Maria Lopez started from 16th place. He made a good start and after a great first lap emerged in ninth place. Unfortunately on lap seven he suffered a near repeat of his problem from the day before when the DAMS car suddenly snapped sideways on him. This time he just tapped the guardrail with his rear wing, but it was still enough to put him out of the race. He currently lies ninth in the championship on 25 points.
Heikki Kovalainen: "It was a very frustrating race! Again the start was bad, like yesterday. It just bogged down and I nearly stalled the car. After that the pace was OK and the car felt pretty good, but I was stuck behind Jani again, and there was nothing I could do. He was not slow enough to overtake easily, and not fast enough to get away. I also felt that I was lacking a bit of top speed and couldn't follow on the straight, and whatever I tried to do out of the last corner wasn't enough, so it's disappointing. We should have won both races this weekend, because the pace was good enough. I hope we can fight back in Turkey.'
Jose Maria Lopez: "I had a great start and passed a lot of cars. Sometimes that comes when you take a few risks and have nothing to lose! When I spun it was a bit like yesterday. It's difficult to know what the problem is, but it's obviously some lack of grip in the back. Today finishing ninth wasn't good enough for me, and I wanted to score points. My style is to always push and try to get ahead even if things are bad. I thought the car was difficult to drive, but I wanted to pass people. When I had a winning car a few races it go it was very good, but sometimes you don't have the car. We have a break now and I hope that they can fix the problems with the car and we can come back strong later in the season.'