BUEMI LEADS STUNNING ONE-TWO AS TYRE CHOICE PAYS OFF Sebastien Buemi headed team-mate Yelmer Buurman across the line as Trust Team Arden scored its first GP2 Series win of the campaign in Sunday morning's sprint race at Magny-Cours. The race...
BUEMI LEADS STUNNING ONE-TWO AS TYRE CHOICE PAYS OFF
Sebastien Buemi headed team-mate Yelmer Buurman across the line as Trust Team Arden scored its first GP2 Series win of the campaign in Sunday morning's sprint race at Magny-Cours. The race began in tricky conditions, with the track wet in the wake of early-morning showers, but Buemi and Buurman were among the minority in that they opted to start the race on slick Bridgestone tyres. It was the right move, though, and they swept through the field as wet-shod rivals pitted for dry rubber. By lap nine they were running first and second, with Buurman ahead, and the order remained unchanged until lap 22 of 28, when Buemi pulled alongside as they approached the Adelaide hairpin. The Swiss driver made the move stick and went on to finish 6.6s clear of his team-mate.
"It was a difficult race on slicks, but my engineer made the right decision. I wanted to start on wets, so I'm grateful to him for his advice. I made a good start and passed many cars, but then slowed a little because I was on slicks. I pushed and pushed to get the slicks working and gradually moved up to third, then second... I couldn't have driven any faster if I'd stolen the car! Yelmer was very quick, but I started to catch him as the circuit dried. I really wanted to win and eventually managed to draw alongside him on the run to the hairpin. A win, some solid points and third place in the championship... It has been a great day."
"I opted for dry tyres and a wet set-up, but that cost me a bit too much time towards the end. I couldn't believe the pit board when I saw I was P1 -- it was such a good feeling, but Seb was very quick. We have made significant progress since the last two races, in Turkey and Monaco, and it was nice to be the quickest driver in damp conditions -- and by some margin, too."