Car 9: Oliver Turvey (GBR) - 6th Car 10: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) - 16th TURVEY TAKES SIXTH AS VALSECCHI SUFFERS... AGAIN Oliver Turvey continued his run of points-scoring GP2 finishes with another mature performance in this morning's sprint...
Car 9: Oliver Turvey (GBR) - 6th
Car 10: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) - 16th
TURVEY TAKES SIXTH AS VALSECCHI SUFFERS... AGAIN
Oliver Turvey continued his run of points-scoring GP2 finishes with another mature performance in this morning's sprint race at Monza, Italy. Although he made a slowish start from sixth on the grid, and lost two places as a result, the Englishman soon settled into his rhythm and spent most of the race in vain pursuit of compatriot Max Chilton (Ocean). He ran his rival close, but in the end there was no way through and he had to settle for sixth. Team-mate Davide Valsecchi made a fantastic start, passing Turvey as he tore through from ninth to sixth, but in his efforts to gain another position he later clipped Edoardo Piscopo (Trident) and incurred front wing damage. Valsecchi attempted to continue, but his car's handling th deteriorated and he eventually had no option to pit for repairs, a delay that dropped him to a distant 16.
The destiny of the 2010 GP2 Series title was finally settled this morning. Long-time series leader Pastor Maldonado (Rapax) crashed for the second time in as many days, but lone rival Sergio Perez (Addax) finished too far back to maintain his championship challenge and Maldonado cannot now be caught.
"That slow start was a result of a bit too much wheelspin, but I soon recovered the places lost and after that I had to play a waiting game. I felt I was potentially quicker than Max [Chilton], but every time I pulled out of his slipstream I hit the rev limiter - even though we were running the longer top gear. And it wasn't possible to sit too close to him through some of the quicker corners, because the front end washed out. That made it a frustrating race, in many ways, but at the same time it was my 10th consecutive points finish - it's just a shame none of them has been a win. I hope to address that when we get to Abu Dhabi, though. I love the track and have scored a GP2 Asia victory there in the past, so I'll be travelling in a confident frame of mind."
"After that fantastic start I thought I might be on for a podium finish, but those hopes were swiftly dashed. The car felt really good today, in the wake a few overnight suspension changes that gave us a slightly better balance, and I wasn't even trying to pass [Edoardo] Piscopo when I hit him. I was minding my own business when he cut across and left me nowhere to go. It was a disappointing end to a weekend that promised much."