Spa: Race 2 press conference

Perez, van der Garde and Parente discuss the race GP2 Series: Sergio, a fantastic win today and your fourth of the season: happy with your job today? Sergio Perez: Yeah, I think I did a good drive and I'm really happy for the result for me,...

Perez, van der Garde and Parente discuss the race

GP2 Series: Sergio, a fantastic win today and your fourth of the season: happy with your job today?

Sergio Perez: Yeah, I think I did a good drive and I'm really happy for the result for me, and for the team one and two is great. On the other hand I did a mistake that cost us some points yesterday, especially fighting for the championship where there are still some chances even though Pastor is quite far ahead. I believe we can still catch him, and I have to just focus and keep believing, and in the next races we can be a lot better.

GP2 Series: It looked very easy for you today, just take the lead on the first lap and walk away: was that how it seemed for you?

Sergio: To be honest yes: the only big moment I had in the race was on the first lap when it was still a bit wet in the second sector, but I found a good line through there and was flying after that. The safety car was very slow, and on the last restart I had to back off a lot so I didn't overtake him, but it was good for us and everything went right, we did one-two: I'm really happy for the boys, and I think the mistake I did yesterday can be forgotten now because I won!

GP2 Series: You've closed up the championship, a gap of 27 points with 2 races to go: what are your thoughts ahead of Monza?

Sergio: I love Monza, it's my favourite circuit: I won there 4 times in Formula 3, and I really like that place, and I'm looking forward to racing there again.

GP2 Series: Giedo, a fantastic drive where you got to overtake a lot of guys to get a strong second place: how was it for you today?

Giedo van der Garde: Yeah, I'm really happy with that, for sure! Today was the best race of the season so far. The weekend didn't start too well when I went off in qualy, and then you start last: I was able to finish the first race 9th, but that's about the worst place to finish because you're just out of the points, and yesterday I was protesting about how Gonzalez was driving because the way he was driving was crazy. But anyway we had to start today in P9, and I was out for revenge!

GP2 Series: You certainly got that! The car looked so fast today to bring home a one-two: how good was the team this weekend?

Giedo: I think we struggled a lot in the rain, the car was not so good there although it was great yesterday, even though starting from last is hard. Today we changed a few little things and it was fantastic for me: I did an aggressive approach because I knew it would be quite slippery at the start so we put the tyre pressure up a little bit. By the end Sergio was quicker because our tyres had gone, so I couldn't follow him, but we were already in second, which was a great result.

GP2 Series: As you say, a great result from a weekend which didn't promise much: what are your hopes for next week in Monza?

Giedo: Monza last year was very good! I had nice Saturday win, and I like the place a lot and the team last year was very quick, so we'll see how it goes: I think we're all looking forward to getting back there, and seeing if we can repeat the performance.

GP2 Series: Alvaro, P3 today and 2 podiums on your first weekend back: you clearly love this place!

Alvaro Parente: I like this place, I like this car, I like this team! Everything went well this weekend except for qualifying, and if it was different maybe we could have won the first race. I'm really happy, and it's a great comeback after jumping from different cars in different categories, driving on the dry and coming to here: I don't think everyone could do it, and I'm really happy with how it has all gone.

GP2 Series: Your first weekend and have a crazy qualifying with all the red flags, a crazy race today with all the safety cars: how did you get your head back into racing in GP2 and do what you've done here?

Alvaro: Don't forget I've got 2 years of experience: there are people who have more, but I've got good experience and many years of racing, and I think when the car is competitive, the team is working well and the driver is competitive then there is always the chance of a good result. If we keep going like this then the results should be there.

GP2 Series: You had a great drive today and got past a lot of guys: how did you approach the race on set up?

Alvaro: We did the right choice with the car on aero balance, and I think some people had more on so that made it a little easier to get past some of them, but still we were very competitive in the 2nd sector: it's a big compromise here, and our compromise was correct today. We had probably the same speed as Sergio today, and also with Giedo, so it was good, I had fun and the car was very competitive, so I have to say thank you to everyone who allowed me to be here, especially my sponsor ADF and the team.

GP2 Series: You had an amazing moment today that copied that famous Schumacher / Hakkinen moment on the top straight: how was that inside the car?

Alvaro: Almost fantastic because I almost got both of them, except I had to brake on the wet part: I don't know if it was wet for Hakkinen that time, but if I braked late in the wet I risked a lot! On the line on the left where he [Giedo] was it was dry, but on my side it was too wet to risk everything.

GP2 Series: Better to have a safe podium than take each other out! [laughs]

Alvaro: For sure! [laughs]

-source: gp2 series

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Giedo van der Garde , Alvaro Parente , Sergio Perez