Rossi on the podium in Spa Feature Race

Alexander Rossi fought his way through the field to bring home the car in 3rd place, equaling his best result of the season so far.

A solid weekend at the Belgium round of the GP2 Series, as Alexander Rossi returns to the podium after the summer break.

Qualifying in 5th position ahead of the Feature Race, Alexander drove superbly to bring home the team's second trophy of the year. Alexander fought his way through the field to bring home the car in 3rd place, equaling his best result of the season so far.

Alexander Rossi, Caterham Racing
Alexander Rossi, Caterham Racing

Photo by: GP2 Media Service

Despite the good result on Saturday, Sunday's Sprint Race proved more difficult starting race 2 on used tyres that degraded very quickly. Alexander pitted for tires with 6 laps remaining, thus managing the fastest race lap at 1:59.880.

Alexander Rossi: "It's good to be back on the podium and to score fifteen points for the team.

I'm confident we can build on this for final three rounds of championship.

"It was a little hectic at the start of the race as the first corner was wet but I made up one place and settled into a rhythm.

"When the safety car came out it gave me a chance to reflect on the first couple of laps and understand the reference points of drying conditions.

"I was being held up behind Calado in the opening stint, the team did a great job with helping me manage the pace and tyre strategy. Equally the pit stop was really good, allowing me to jump Leimer for 3rd.

"It is great that we have carried over the speed from qualifying to the race and I feel that we have turned a corner and gained some valuable momentum.

"We adopted a strategy for the Feature Race which matched that of the leaders, using both prime tyres which meant that if we didn't have rain for the Sprint Race it was going to be very difficult - which it certainly was.

"I was expecting it to be tough but the fact that I was losing rear grip from lap one in an 18 lap race meant I couldn't defend and fight. After switching to the soft tyre the car was good and I managed to get fastest lap but by then there was nothing I could do about my position.

"We need to appreciate that we maximised our opportunity on Saturday with our podium finish and we knew that it was going to be a bit of a sacrifice today without new prime tyres if it didn't rain.

"I am now looking forward to Monza and more good results."

Alexander Rossi

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Alexander Rossi
Article type Race report
Tags gp2, rossi, spa