Razia shines in Singapore, but title slips away

Luiz Razia put in a copybook drive during the penultimate race of the GP2 Series season at Marina Bay, Singapore, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Italian rival Davide Valsecchi sealing this year’s crown.

Luiz Razia
Luiz Razia

Photo by: GP2 Media Service

Razia climbed through the field in his Arden Dallara, rising from ninth to fifth and spending the second half of the race on Valsecchi’s tail. He needed to score eight points more than the DAMS driver, however, to extend the championship battle to the season’s final day. With the race finishing behind the safety car, after pole-sitter Luca Filippi crashed out, there was no chance of a positional change during the final stages. After his superb season, however, Razia is assured of second place in the final standings. “Racing against Luiz has been a privilege,” Valsecchi said. “He has been a fantastic adversary.”

In a race of significant attrition, second Arden driver Simon Trummer was one of nine drivers who failed to last the distance. The Swiss slithered into the Turn 18 barriers on lap six.

Luiz Razia comments: “That was very difficult – certainly the hardest race we’ve had this season in terms of tyre wear. I obviously feel a tang of disappointment that the title battle is over, but I can’t complain about my results across the season as a whole. Lots of people wrote me off as a potential title contender, but I proved them wrong: I think I have improved hugely as a driver this season and I have grown within this team. Luck hasn’t always been on our side, but we’ve fought back strongly in times of adversity and there isn’t a great deal to choose between my results and Davide’s. There has been a lot of hard work and nothing has been gifted to us, so we have to be satisfied: I think the team and I have shown we can compete at the very highest level... and succeed.”

Simon Trummer comments: “That was a real pity. The track is fabulous and I was looking forward to the race. I was struggling a little for grip from the start, though, and was thinking about an early pit stop. I thought I’d make a bit of a push first, to see whether I might be able to jump a couple of cars during the tyre change, but I made a small mistake at Turn 18 and paid quite a big penalty. I will try to make amends in tomorrow’s sprint because it would be nice to end the campaign on a positive note.”

Source: Arden International

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Luca Filippi , Davide Valsecchi , Luiz Razia , Simon Trummer
Teams DAMS , Arden International
Article type Race report
Tags arden, gp2, marina bay, razia, singapore, trummer