Fifth for brilliant Mortara, but rain dashes Perez's hopes Edoardo Mortara is no stranger to success in the GP2 Series, he won the Barcelona sprint race earlier this season, but he put in an even better performance today at Monza... even...
Fifth for brilliant Mortara, but rain dashes Perez's hopes
Edoardo Mortara is no stranger to success in the GP2 Series, he won the Barcelona sprint race earlier this season, but he put in an even better performance today at Monza... even though it earned him only fifth place.
A fierce thunderstorm delayed the start by 40 minutes -- and for the first few laps the field ran behind the Safety Car, to allow surface water to drain from the track. Poor Sergio Perez's race lasted only a matter of seconds once the cars were released, because he hit a puddle under braking for the first chicane and spun off into the guardrail. After qualifying a stellar fourth at one of his favourite circuits, it was a bitter disappointment for the Mexican.
Mortara picked up the baton for Telmex Arden International, however. After starting from the back row of the grid, he made his mandatory tyre change just before the Safety Car pulled in and then drove stylishly and quickly for 32 laps, moving up the field as others struggled in the treacherous conditions. By the race's end, the Italian had risen to fifth place -- a fine reward for a mature afternoon's work.
"What happened today was really unlucky. I made a good start and passed Nico Hulkenburg, but visibility was really bad and I hit a puddle under braking for the first chicane. After that I was a passenger. Its disappointing but ill remain positive. As we saw Edo today, anything can happen in motor racing."
"That was a fantastic race. I knew it was going to difficult to get a good result, because I was starting so far back, but I hoped the bad conditions would enable me to make up some places. After six laps behind the Safety Car, I made my tyre stop and then pushed like crazy. The track was very slippery at first, so I stayed calm in order to minimise the possibility of a mistake. I had one or two braking problems, too, so that required a little caution. As the track began to dry, though, I began to push ever harder and the car felt great -- it inspired great confidence. I'm really happy with the result and fastest race lap was an added bonus."