Pastor Maldonado scored a brilliant podium finish for Trident Racing in the second GP2 Series Race at Silverstone. The Venezuelan driver took off from front row, beating fellow rookie Roldan Rodriguez at the start, and keeping the lead for 17 laps.
Pastor Maldonado scored a brilliant podium finish for Trident Racing in the second GP2 Series Race at Silverstone. The Venezuelan driver took off from front row, beating fellow rookie Roldan Rodriguez at the start, and keeping the lead for 17 laps. Then, due to the higher pace shown by experienced British Adam Carroll, decided to settle for second, comfortably edging recovering Kazuki Nakajima. Today`s notable result allowed Maldonado to increase hid standings score, even though a bad qualification and an on-grid penalty forced him to the 19th starting spot for Race 1. Unfortunately, not all Trident Racing celebrated, as Japanese Kohei Hirate ended his race with 3 to go after struggling with gearbox problems.
Maurizio Salvadori, Team Owner
"Pastor Maldonado shown, once again, to be a fast as well as mature and reflective driver today. He even tried to pull away in the first laps, but, when the pressure by Carroll started to put in jeopardy a possible podium result, he decided to not take risks and settle for a second-place finish that is vital for our team. I have the strong impression that the best way to win this Championship is to run in a solid and regular way, so it`s very important to capitalize the most points, especially if the weekend`s start isn`t positive since the beginning. I see 8 drivers possibly fighting for title, and I don`t really see a favorite because many races are still to attempt before the end of the season".
Pastor Maldonado, 2nd place.
"I`m very satisfied with the final result of today`s race, especially considering the 19th starting spot on the grid in Race 1. I made a quite wonderful start, and once in the lead I tried to put as many seconds as possible between myself and Adam Carroll. While in the first half of the race I was able to keep the pace of my competitor, I later realized that Adam was much faster, and I decided avoid blocking him, since for both me and my team points are vital; maybe the ones scored today will prove to be decisive at the end of the season".
Kohei Hirate, DNF.
"My race was in many ways similar to the one disputed yesterday. In the first two laps the car was great, but suddenly the handling grew worse lap-by-lap. In the closing laps I was slowed by a gearbox problem, especially while hitting fifth and sixth gear, and I decided to come back to the pits to avoid a much worse failure. I hope to get a lucky break in the next race at the Nurburgring"