BUEMI SIXTH AS CHAOS REIGNS AT SPA Sebastien Buemi put in a stirring performance during the opening GP2 Series race at Spa, rising from 11th on the grid to sixth at the chequered flag. It was a hectic afternoon that featured a...
BUEMI SIXTH AS CHAOS REIGNS AT SPA
Sebastien Buemi put in a stirring performance during the opening GP2 Series race at Spa, rising from 11th on the grid to sixth at the chequered flag. It was a hectic afternoon that featured a rain-induced Safety Car start, a fast-drying track and two further Safety Car periods. Sebastien kept his cool, however, to record another strong finish and maintain fifth place in the championship.
Team-mate Luca Filippi had a tougher time after his qualifying accident yesterday. He worked his way through the field, however, and was on course to finish in the top 10 until another driver barged him off the circuit on the final lap. Luca was eventually classified 20th.
"Overall it's a decent result, the kind of thing we wanted after my grid penalty yesterday. I feel I could still have done better, though. We need to work tonight to improve the car for tomorrow's race. Conditions were quite difficult at the start, on wets, but we had a good strategy and that put me a strong fourth after the stops. I struggled in dry conditions, though, and struggled to defend my position thereafter. I'll be starting on the second row tomorrow, though, so I have a good opportunity to get yet another good result."
"It was a shame that we started behind the Safety Car, because there wasn't too much water on the track. I was quite fast on wet tyres and was able to gain several positions, but I then lost ground because I couldn't hear my engineer on the radio and ended up pitting too late for a tyre change. I realised it was time to change when Bruno Senna and Giorgio Pantano passed me easily on slicks.
"I lost more time fighting Diego Nunes and the second Safety Car allowed the cars behind to close up, but in the end I was still 10th -- a decent result after everything that had happened. At the final corner, however, Kamui Kobayashi hit me from behind -- he wasn't trying to overtake, he just made a mistake and it cost me many places."