Silverstone: Renault race one report

Kovalainen extends series lead at Silverstone Heikki Kovalainen extended his GP2 points lead with a strong second place in the Saturday race at Silverstone. Heikki Kovalainen extended his GP2 points lead with a strong second place in the ...

Kovalainen extends series lead at Silverstone

Heikki Kovalainen extended his GP2 points lead with a strong second place in the Saturday race at Silverstone.

Heikki Kovalainen extended his GP2 points lead with a strong second place in the Saturday race at Silverstone. The Renault Driver Development squad member now has an advantage of 19 points over race winner Nico Rosberg in the battle for the title.

Kovalainen qualified third, behind Rosberg and Nelson Piquet Jr. However the Brazilian had a problem before the start, and thus didn't make the grid. That left Heikki with an easy run at Rosberg at the start.

He remained close to the leader through the first stint, but a chance to gain an advantage at the pits stops was lost when both men came in on the same lap. Heikki remained in second, and while he kept the pressure on Rosberg for the duration, he was never close enough to contemplate a passing move, finishing just over half a second behind. Heikki will start seventh on the reversed grid with the Arden car.

Jose Maria Lopez ran in seventh place in the early laps, but a problem at his pit stop cost him vital time and dropped him into traffic. The DAMS driver eventually finished in ninth pace, right behind the battle for seventh. He will start the Sunday race from the same position.

Heikki Kovalainen: "All the way through the race I was at 110%. Every single lap I pushed as hard as I could, and it wasn't enough. Rosberg seemed to have the race well under control, and I think they were quicker today. No matter how hard I tried, the gap wasn't going down. It just happened to be that he was in on the same lap as me. I got a call from the team to say we're doing a pit stop, and I caught him a little bit at the pit entry. I was going to stop one earlier, but I wasn't quite sure, because I didn't hear the radio very clearly. But I don't think it would have made any difference as I wasn't quick enough with new tyres. But eight points is OK, it's not too bad.'

Jose Maria Lopez: "I was very focussed on the pit stop, and I really wanted to go very early, because I knew it was very important. At the stop the rear tyres slipped a little bit, and I lost a few seconds in the pits. It was a shame, but it's racing. I was always stuck behind Bruni and everybody, but I couldn't get close enough to try any moves. It's difficult to overtake in this circuit. We could have scored some good points here, and it's disappointing thinking that one place more and I could have been starting on pole tomorrow! I'm starting ninth. I'm on new tyres and I'll just try to get past some people on the first lap.'

-uk.renaultf1.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Nelson Piquet Jr. , Nico Rosberg , Heikki Kovalainen , Jose Maria Lopez
Teams DAMS