Championship leaders Giorgio Pantano (Racing Engineering) and Bruno Senna (iSport International) both took race wins in the fifth round of the Bridgestone-supported GP2 Series at the high speed and abrasive Silverstone race circuit in ...
Championship leaders Giorgio Pantano (Racing Engineering) and Bruno Senna (iSport International) both took race wins in the fifth round of the Bridgestone-supported GP2 Series at the high speed and abrasive Silverstone race circuit in Britain.
Italian driver Pantano secured his third win of the season in Saturday's closely-fought feature race from fifth on the grid, adding valuable points to his championship lead. Senna then took the lead of Sunday's sprint race on the first lap, in wet conditions, closing in once again on Pantano in the drivers' standings.
Bridgestone's medium compound Potenza GP2 racing slick and wet specification tyre were used over the race weekend. The medium compound was a contrast from last year, when the hard compound was used. This left teams and drivers with the challenge of learning the tyre at this track and maximising its potential.
In Saturday's entertaining 36 lap race, Lucas di Grassi (Campos) made a great start passing Andreas Zuber (Piquet Sports) and Romain Grosjean (ART), putting him in position to challenge Friday's top qualifier Bruno Senna. Running wide at Stowe on the fourth lap, Senna lost the lead to di Grassi who was out in front until lap 30 when Pantano, who had worked his way up the field, overtook the Brazilian to claim a well earned win along with a bonus point for the fastest lap. Di Grassi finished second and Karun Chandhok (iSport International) completed the top three, after starting tenth. The front runners managed their tyres well in what was a close and competitive race, with tyre management proving one of the most influencing factors on the overall race result.
Wet conditions for Sunday's 24 lap sprint race proved difficult for most, but after Senna passed Luca Filippi (ART) on the opening lap, the iSport driver dominated the race finishing 8.5 seconds ahead of fellow Brazilian di Grassi. Pantano crossed the line in third, with Maldonado setting the fastest lap.
Leaving Silverstone, Pantano leads the drivers' championship on 50 points from Senna on 39. Buemi is in third position on 25 points. iSport International leads the teams' championship with 58 points from Racing Engineering on 53. BARWA International Campos are in third place on 45. The next round of the GP2 Series will be held at Hockenheim where Bridgestone's medium compound GP2 Series tyre will once more be used.
Quote from Hirohide Hamashima - Director of Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development
"Bridgestone's medium compound GP2 racing slick worked well at Silverstone this weekend, requiring good tyre management from the drivers. In Saturday's feature race the tyre wear in the first stint was marginal but in the second stint the wear was much better. It was a great race for Giorgio Pantano and he used his tyres well to finish first, the team having been strategic with their pit stop strategy. Senna misjudged a corner and lost a possible race win. The medium compound proved the correct tyre choice for this circuit and provided more competitive racing. We are pleased with the tyre performance. Congratulations to Bruno Senna for a patient drive in race two in difficult conditions, the wet tyre worked well and we saw good lap times even when it was very wet."