Nurburgring: ART Grand Prix race one, two report

The ART GP2 team came away from the Nurburgring round of the season collecting points from Lucas Di Grassi with a podium finish in second place in race one and a sixth placed finish in race two, the fourth time this season they have stood on the...

The ART GP2 team came away from the Nurburgring round of the season collecting points from Lucas Di Grassi with a podium finish in second place in race one and a sixth placed finish in race two, the fourth time this season they have stood on the rostrum. Starting second on the grid for the first race, Di Grassi soon took to the lead, however after the pit stops he lost the position to Timo Glock and was forced to follow him home in second place.

Starting seventh in race two, he managed to make up a place on the start, only to be shunted from behind by Giorgio Pantano, allowing Timo Glock through in the process. Sixth place was only secured by the retirement of another racer ahead of him. Lucas reinforced his second place in the championship, seven points behind current leader, Timo Glock. Meanwhile, Sebastien Buemi, who was called in to replace Ammermuller, was the victim of a first lap incident in race one when after starting from eleventh on the grid, it appeared as if forgot to brake for turn one, and his ART contender made contact with Luca Filippi.

Race two was very difficult as a result and together with a penalty for jumping the start, he was left languishing down to the grid way out of the points in 20th place, however he did prove what he was capable of by setting the fastest lap of the race and scoring one point for his efforts. Frederic Vasseur: If you look at our performance level in comparison to our closest rivals, the weekend should have been much better. But we got one more podium, our best qualifying result of the year and important points that allow Lucas to be in good position for the title race.

Sebastien ruined his weekend with his turn 1 collision but hats off for his fantastic performance in race 2, where he secured the fastest lap.

Lucas Di Grassi: Race 1: 2nd Race 2: 6th Championship: 2nd , 46 points

"We were fast in both dry and wet conditions and in qualifying the only mishap was traffic. Still, 2nd position was good and I overtook Glock at the start. Our pit stop was good, so were my first laps, but Timo was really fast when I came back into the pits and he took advantage of these 2 extra laps to pass me. I had another good start on Sunday, but Pantano hit me and Glock took the opportunity to get past. I was losing a lot of downforce behind Timo and couldn't get close enough to attack him and added to that, the car was a lot different after the collision with Pantano. On the positive side, I am still in a good position in the driver's championship. I am progressing, the team is progressing, we have to keep going in the right direction."

Sebastien Buemi: Race 1: OUT Race 2: 20th Championship: 20th, 3 points

"Practice sessions were interrupted due to the torrential rain and therefore qualifying was a bit tough for me. I had to readapt myself to the car as I had not driven since Monaco. Qualifying was on a dry track, and I had a bit of traffic. I made a mistake, but P11 was not that bad if you consider the conditions. At the start of race one I simply braked too late and could not avoid the collision. I am really sorry for my victim as well as for the team because I think we had what it takes to score some points. We had two options for race 2: either to try to come back into the points - but from 26th on the grid this was very optimistic - or to try and clock the fastest lap in race, which is the same as P6 as we score 1 point. I'm happy I did this but now I have to avoid making any mistakes in Hungary in order to have a clear weekend and to thank the team with a good result."

-credit: art gp

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Giorgio Pantano , Timo Glock , Sébastien Buemi , Frederic Vasseur
Teams ART Grand Prix