CAREER-BEST FOURTH FOR GONZALEZ... BUT PIC'S ACCIDENT MARS RACE Gonzalo Rodriguez finished fourth in this morning's GP2 Series sprint -- the best result of the promising young Venezuelan's career. Starting from pole, Rodriguez made a flying...
CAREER-BEST FOURTH FOR GONZALEZ... BUT PIC'S ACCIDENT MARS RACE
Gonzalo Rodriguez finished fourth in this morning's GP2 Series sprint -- the best result of the promising young Venezuelan's career. Starting from pole, Rodriguez made a flying start to lead into the first hairpin, La Source, but title contender Sergio Perez (Addax) was able to slipstream past on the long run up to Les Combes. Gonzalez maintained his position until the Safety Car made its second appearance of the morning. When the race restarted, at the end of lap nine, he was caught in a sandwich between Giedo van der Garde (Addax) and Alvaro Parente (Ocean). That shuffled him back to fourth, where he remained until the end.
Team-mate Charles Pic started brightly to move up to fourth, but he then dropped places to the hard-charging van der Garde and Parente. He was running in a comfortable sixth place, and on course for his second points finish of the weekend, when he lost control approaching Liège corner and struck the tyre wall with considerable force. The incident triggered the last of the race's three Safety Car interruptions.
"I feel we have made a huge amount of progress this weekend. I was quick and consistent in today's race and but for a small error at the restart I could have finished on the podium. I think I've proved I have the pace to run at the front of the pack, which gives me great confidence. I now have something solid on which to build during this season's final four races. The team put in a lot of hard work to help me achieve such strong results this weekend and I owe them a debt of gratitude."
"A good start enabled me to move up to fourth early on, but I was running a little bit too much wing, which made us slow and vulnerable on the straights. That cost me a couple of positions, but I fekt fairly comfortable in sixth place and was sure I could hold it until the end of the race. Unfortunately, I made a mistake at the exit of Rivage, putting a wheel on the kerb and spinning into the tyre wall. It was a bad way to end the weekend, but I will try to make amends at Monza."