Monza: Rapax race 2 report

Luiz Razia, 10th Pastor Maldonado, DNF And it the end it came the title! The Rapax team and Pastor Maldonado were finally able to celebrate at Monza, as the Venezuelan mathematically clinched the 2010 GP2 Main Series Title. At the end of a ...

Luiz Razia, 10th
Pastor Maldonado, DNF

And it the end it came the title! The Rapax team and Pastor Maldonado were finally able to celebrate at Monza, as the Venezuelan mathematically clinched the 2010 GP2 Main Series Title. At the end of a year-long challenge, started since the very early collective tests, and continued by scoring a number of race wins, Maldonado brought victory home with one race still to run.

Despite all the celebrations, the weekend didn't prove quite positive for Rapax. Pastor was forced to retire on lap 1 after ending up off-track, while Luiz Razia, could only clinch 10th at the end of a great comeback. The title was the main goal of the weekend though, and the mission has been accomplished.

The GP2 Main Series will be back in mid November at Abu Dhabi. The long break before the closing round of 2010 won't be a vacation though, since testing will start on the 2011 car. In the final race of the year, Maldonado, Razia and all the Rapax team will try to round out the season by taking winning honours in the Team's championship.

Pastor Maldonado. "We're Champions! I think we really deserved this. At the first preseason test, I immediately realized that we had the potential needed to win the title. The team has been sensational, I always felt like home, and results came pretty naturally. We performed great in all conditions, on all types of track, as a further confirmation of how valuable the team's job has been from the shop to the track. Today the race went wrong, but it doesn't matter. As I approached the last corner, one of the cars I had in front lost control. I had to brake hard, and I ended up in the gravel trap. I also hurt one finger, maybe it's broken and I'll need some checks, but now that I'm celebrating victory there's no pain at all!".

Luiz Razia. "At the start I kept my position, as I tried to stay clear from the many contacts that usually plague the field at T1. Then I made a lot of passes, and despite my starting spot I clinched a not bad top-10 spot. It's a pity for how qualifying and race 1 unfolded. Today I got another confirmation that my pace would have allowed to end up both races at least in the points zone".

-source: rapax

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Pastor Maldonado , Luiz Razia
Teams Rapax