Lucas di Grassi finished a close runner-up in the Saturday GP2 race at the Nurburgring, consolidating his second position in the championship. The Renault Driver Development squad member led the early laps of the race, but lost out to title rival...
Lucas di Grassi finished a close runner-up in the Saturday GP2 race at the Nurburgring, consolidating his second position in the championship. The Renault Driver Development squad member led the early laps of the race, but lost out to title rival Timo Glock after the pit stop sequence.
Lucas was fastest with the ART entry in Friday lunchtime's practice session, before heavy rain intervened and led to a red flag. The track was dry for the later qualifying session, but the limited dry running time made life difficult. Nevertheless Lucas did a good job to qualify second, alongside Glock.
'In the morning we were quickest in the rain and the dry. The problem is that we were only able to do two dry laps. But the car was good, I pushed, the team did a good job. In qualifying we had a small problem with the second set regarding traffic, but I reckon it was OK. I couldn't complain about being on the first row. For qualifying I think iSport was still a little bit in front. We didn't have much time to in practice, so I think it helped Timo Glock that he knows the track by heart! But he did a very good lap.'
Lucas made a great start and beat Glock into the first corner. He led in confident style despite intense pressure from the local star, until making his pit stop after nine laps. Glock stayed out for one more lap before coming in, and that was just enough to ensure that he got the jump on the Brazilian. Lucas stayed in touch with Glock for the rest of the race, but had to settle for second. With fellow title contender Luca Filippi failing to score, his second place is more secure than it was.
'I had a very good start and I led the first part of the race with a comfortable margin. I lost in the pit stop for just a little bit, but then afterwards there was a good fight with Timo again for the second part of the race. I finished just two second from him. I think it's a good result, because it's home. The mechanics did an excellent job in the pits and the car was very good -- I had a very strong pace until the end. I'm now second, quite far from third place, and not too far from Timo. He's been quick all weekend, but tomorrow is another race and I hope we can score more points. I'm going back to work to fine tune the car!'
Lucas will start the Saturday morning sprint from seventh place.