Monza: Rapax race 1 report

Pastor Maldonado, DNF Luiz Razia, DNF The Rapax Team ended today's race 1 of the GP2 Italian Grand Prix at Monza with a double retirement. Despite the great potential showed in terms of pace, good enough to enable both drivers to fight at the...

Pastor Maldonado, DNF
Luiz Razia, DNF

The Rapax Team ended today's race 1 of the GP2 Italian Grand Prix at Monza with a double retirement. Despite the great potential showed in terms of pace, good enough to enable both drivers to fight at the top, Pastor Maldonado and Luiz Razia were involved in a multiple contact on lap 4.

After flying over another car, Maldonado managed to be back into the pit-lane, but damage proved quite extensive and he was forced to retire. Following to today's race, he'll be taking off from 15th place, while Razia will start from row 10.

The advantage held by Maldonado in standings over Sergio Perez is unchanged (27 points). The Venezuelan driver will clinch the drivers' title by ending up tomorrow's race at least in 6th.

Race 2 is set to start tomorrow at 10:35 AM, on a 21-lap distance. TV coverage will be provided live by RAI 2.

Pastor Maldonado. "Today we had everything needed to be among the leading pack, and I'm sorry to have ended my race after just a few laps. I think I could have fought with Sam Bird for the win, despite we had a different pace from the other cars. At the start I did a good job, and I climbed one spot but at the first re-start, I had to brake harder than usual to avoid some battling cars and I was hit from behind. Due to that I also ended up into Grosjean's car. That's it. Now I'm looking forward to tomorrow's race 2, hoping to mathematically clinch the 2010 drivers' title."

Luiz Razia. "I had a good start, but then three cars passed me at the first chicane. Then the safety car came out, and at the re-start I moved on Vietoris. Back to the chicane, a lot of cars got stuck, and despite I tried to brake really hard, there hasn't been much to do to avoid a contact. In the hit I also slightly hurt my wrist. Hope it'll be ok for tomorrow's race 2."

-source: rapax

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Pastor Maldonado , Sam Bird , Sergio Perez , Luiz Razia
Teams Rapax