Giedo van der Garde (NED) -- DNF Diego Nunes (BRA) -- P15 Hydraulic pump failure and penalty thwart iSport duo.... Starting from ninth and tenth iSport racers Giedo van der Garde and Diego Nunes both got away well and came through the ...
Giedo van der Garde (NED) -- DNF
Diego Nunes (BRA) -- P15
Hydraulic pump failure and penalty thwart iSport duo....
Starting from ninth and tenth iSport racers Giedo van der Garde and Diego Nunes both got away well and came through the difficult tight first corner scrum unscathed at the Autodromo do Algarve. After a safety car period Nunes got the jump on Dani Clos at the restart to take fifth place closely followed by team mate Van der Garde in sixth. However this was short lived as Nunes was adjudged to have overtaken earlier in the race under the safety car and was forced to serve a drive through penalty relegating him to the back of the field. Van der Garde continued on but was thwarted by a hydraulic pump failure on lap twenty-two ending iSport hopes of any points in the first ever GP2 race at the Portimao circuit.
Giedo van der Garde
I think we had a quite reasonable start. I was eighth after the first lap. We had a really good safety car re-start and I was I think seventh or sixth. We had the pit stop and the pit stop was a little bit slow so I think I dropped to tenth. Then in the middle of the race I had a problem with the hydraulic pump when I was in front of Valsecchi and he was eighth so it was a bit disappointing".
"We were quick enough to be on the podium for sure. The car was perfect and I did one of the quickest laps of the race. But again I have a black cloud around me. I was fighting to get into the top eight and Kobayashi hit me in the back and I spun and had to start again so it was a shame".