Spa: iSport race 1 report

Car 9: Oliver Turvey (GBR) - 6th Car 10: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) - 18th TURVEY SALVAGES SIXTH FROM A GAME OF GUESSWORK The traditionally capricious Spa climate thwarted GP2 Series teams once more today - albeit not in the usual manner....

Car 9: Oliver Turvey (GBR) - 6th
Car 10: Davide Valsecchi (ITA) - 18th

TURVEY SALVAGES SIXTH FROM A GAME OF GUESSWORK

The traditionally capricious Spa climate thwarted GP2 Series teams once more today - albeit not in the usual manner. Difficult conditions were expected this afternoon, in the wake of yesterday's rain-hit qualifying sessions, but in the end it remained dry and teams had to use educated guesswork to decide upon a suitable race set-up. Promoted from fourth to third on the grid, after several drivers were penalised for ignoring yellow flags yesterday, Oliver Turvey made a good start and ran strongly at the front of the field, although he dropped to sixth after being forced off the track in the closing stages. It was a less productive afternoon for Davide Valsecchi, who was last away after stalling on the grid, He was also obliged to make three pit stops, which condemned him to a lowly 18th , although he had the minor consolation of setting fastest lap."

Oliver Turvey
"I made a good start to hold third place, but Sergio Perez was able to pass me on the straight to Les Combes, just before the Safety Car came out to deal with an accident at La Source, and I couldn't do much about it. That's what happens, sometimes, when you have to take a stab at an appropriate set-up. He had better straightline performance and that's all there was too it. "Most of the race was fairly straightforward. The car began to oversteer early on, but it was manageable and our pace was pretty reasonable. Towards the end I was boxed behind a slower driver, who had yet to make his pit stop, and in trying to get past I was forced wide, which allowed Charles Pic and Luca Filippi to overtake me. It was annoying to drop to sixth, but at least I scored some points and I have a good grid position for tomorrow's sprint."

Davide Valsecchi
"The car stalled on the grid and I had to be pushed to the pits, so the race could not have got off to a worse start. To compound the problem, I then picked up a speeding penalty, which cost me a drive- through penalty. After that, I stayed out for as long as possible, hoping to make a tactically profitable tyre stop if it rained. We switched to wets anyway when I did come in, because there was some moisture in the air, but it was far too dry to make the switch and I had to pit for a third time. It has just been one of those days and tomorrow will surely be better - it has to be!"

-source: isport

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Luca Filippi , Davide Valsecchi , Sergio Perez , Oliver Turvey , Charles Pic