Nelson A. Piquet closed out a dream weekend, taking the victory in the rain in today's sprint race of the GP2 Series at the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. The two ART Grand Prix drivers completed the podium places with standings leader Lewis ...
Nelson A. Piquet closed out a dream weekend, taking the victory in the rain in today's sprint race of the GP2 Series at the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. The two ART Grand Prix drivers completed the podium places with standings leader Lewis Hamilton and Alexandre Premat.
The Brazilian dominated Friday practice, grabbed the pole position, won on Saturday with fastest lap included and today repeated to close the gap against Hamilton in the championship from 25 points when the weekend started to 11 units now.
"It feels excellent. I'm very relieved, and I think the relief you have when you've done what you've always dreamed of doing from the beginning of last year feels wonderful," Piquet stated.
About Hamilton's negative weekend, the Brazilian had something to say: "I don't think he (Hamilton) had trouble, I think he made some stupid mistakes, like spinning in qualifying, crashing in practice, speeding in the pits in the race: he made a lot of mistakes this weekend. He could have easily started ahead of me in the race today and then held me for the whole race, but for his mistakes."
Piquet started from eighth after yesterday's victory for Piquet Sports and advanced in a race that started with the Pace Car with José María López on pole due to the heavy rain.
"I think this circuit is a bit of a driver's circuit, because there are so many bumps and kerbs that it's more of a driver thing than set-up. Drivers can destroy tyres very easy on this circuit so that's the difference," Piquet added.
Piquet's hopes couldn't be higher for Turkey after the job done in Budapest: "I think that the whole team is getting better every race and I'm sure we can do the same again".
British racer Hamilton closed a hard weekend with a strong result in wet conditions moving from tenth on the grid to second in the race. "It's was disastrous (weekend) at the start of it, obviously," he said.
"Yesterday, without the drive through penalty, I think we would have ended up in the points, so it has been tough for us to get the right set up, because we missed most of practice and all of qualifying: we were behind in that because of my mistakes. So today to come from tenth to second was a good achievement for us," commented Hamilton.
Hamilton lost important points in Hungary even though he did come back in today's race, but now he must look forward to recovery in the Istanbul event if he wants to arrive at Monza's final round comfortably in the lead of the tournament.
"I'm just looking forward to Istanbul. Obviously Piquet has rented out this track and done plenty of testing, he's rented out Istanbul and done plenty of testing, and I've never been there before, but I won't go out without a fight," Hamilton said about the next challenge for GP2.
Frenchman Premat reached third place again both ART cars to the podium after a couple of hard rounds since summer break.
"It was really hard because it was raining a lot and visibility was not so good. My car was also quite hard to drive. The traction was okay but I was getting a lot of understeer and oversteer so I kept the third place and drove safely," said Premat as he summarized his race.
Right behind Premat came both iSport International guys that took fourth and fifth in the hands of Ernesto Viso and Timo Glock. The last single point in the classification was for Ferdinando Monfardini in a Dams's car.
In August on the final weekend of the month, the 25th to 27th will see the next round for GP2 on the Istanbul Park circuit in Turkey.