Monza: Racing Engineering race two report

Mixed results for Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers Today's GP2 sprint race at the Autodromo di Monza left a bittersweet feeling within the Spanish Fat Burner Racing Engineering Team. While Lucas Di Grassi scored yet another podium after ...

Mixed results for Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers

Today's GP2 sprint race at the Autodromo di Monza left a bittersweet feeling within the Spanish Fat Burner Racing Engineering Team. While Lucas Di Grassi scored yet another podium after starting from sixth on the grid, Dani Clos was left out of the event after being hit by another driver on lap 1.

Things appeared to be quite good for both Fat Burner Racing Engineering drivers at the beginning of the race. Dani's engine was changed after the problems encountered during Saturday's race and the young Spaniard started the race from 15th position. He managed to make it up to 13th at the start and passed a few more cars during the next corners. However, when a very optimistic Nunes tried to get his position back, Dani's race came to a sudden end. The Brazilian made an inopportune move trying to pass the Spanish rookie and this ended with Nunes' car touching Dani's rear tyre. Dani flipped over several times, but was able to walk away from the accident scene unharmed.

Lucas, on the other hand, stormed through the field as soon as the lights went off and placed himself in second position behind his countryman Razia, and in front of championship leader Hulkenberg. Lucas kept a steady pace and close to Razia while securing his second place from Hulkenberg and Petrov, who were battling for third. Although the Brazilian in the Fat Burner Racing Engineering car felt he was faster than Razia, overtaking was difficult at the Italian track as the loss of downforce when driving too close to the car in front has a big effect on the balance of the car. Lucas completed a clean race, staying away from trouble and not taking unnecessary risks that could have jeopardized his more than well deserved second position and second podium of the weekend at the Autodromo di Monza.

Lucas Di Grassi: I had a really great start and the car was very good. I was quicker than Razia, but it was impossible to overtake him. You lose too much downforce, when you are driving so close to a car in front. And Razia didn't make any mistake, so I had to settle for second. But I think two podiums are a great result after having started from 15th in race 1.

Dani Clos: I had a really, really good start. I gained several places and also positioned myself well for the second chicane to pass other cars. After, on the straight, I saw a car behind me and went to the inside. To be honest, I have no idea where this driver wanted to pass me, but he touched me in the back and this ended in a very nasty and dangerous accident. My car flipped over and is completely destroyed, but I am fine.

Alfonso de Orleans-Borbon, Team President: Well, first of all I am happy that Dani is well after this severe accident. He rolled over several times and it was stupid of the other drive since Dani could do nothing to avoid it. I also feel sorry for our boys, as this adds extra work with the next round taking place next weekend. Lucas had a great weekend with his two podiums and securing his position in the championship standings. Now we have to hope that Portugal brings similarly good results, but for both drivers.

-credit: re

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Dani Clos
Teams Racing Engineering