The second round of the GP2 Main Series Championship in Monaco finished today with very different results for the Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers as Lucas Di Grassi crossed the line in fourth place while Dani Clos had to retire after being...
The second round of the GP2 Main Series Championship in Monaco finished today with very different results for the Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers as Lucas Di Grassi crossed the line in fourth place while Dani Clos had to retire after being hit by another car.
After the disappointment of having lost his third position in Friday's feature race due to cutting the chicane at the start, although he let Zuber pass again just after and did not gain any places as result, Lucas started today's sprint race in Monaco focusing on scoring the maximum points possible.
The Brazilian driver had a good start from fifth place and kept his rivals at bay. However, racing in Monaco has the peculiarity of overtaking being almost impossible and therefore there was little the Fat Burner Racing Engineering driver could do to improve his position as he was stuck behind Hulkenberg. When race leader Chandhok retired with 10 laps to go, Lucas moved into fourth place and for the remaining of the event he kept a steady pace, stayed away from the barriers and did not take any risks that would jeopardize his position. Lucas finished the race, which was red flagged after a heavy accident of Grosjean, in fourth position, and now leaves Monaco with a total of eight points after having scored in both races .
Spanish Dani Clos faced a much more difficult race than his team mate. He started from 22nd place in the grid and was able to keep out of trouble at the start, running already in 19th place at the end of lap 1. During the following laps, Dani drove consistently, making up positions as drivers in front of him retired. However, on lap 24, when he was running 15th, the Fat Burner Racing Engineering driver saw his chances of crossing the line in Monaco vanished as Valerio hit his car heavily when he was coming out of the tunnel and entering the chicane. Dani, who was a sitting duck for Valerio, had no other choice than to go and retire in the pits.
Lucas Di Grassi: Everthing was OK today. The start went fine and the car was very good during the entire race. Sadly enough, here in Monaco it's impossible to overtake but we are leaving from here with 8 points, which is an average result, but positive after Barcelona. However, we are very optimistic about the next round in Turkey and will continue working hard.
Dani Clos: I had a really good start from 22nd on the grid and even managed to run in 15th, which is pretty good for Monaco. But when Valerio came out of the tunnel without braking, he hit the side of my car very hard. I hope that in Turkey I will have a normal race weekend without any incidents.
Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, team's Principal: Fantastic job on behalf of both drivers. Pity they couldn't overtake. Dani's accident was unexpected since there was no reason to have an accident there where it happened. All boys did a good job during this weekend, thank you very much.