Circuit De Catalunya
Team AirAsia was awarded another four points today in Barcelona after a strong drive from Davide Valsecchi from fifth on the grid. He fiercely defended his position throughout making an impressive pass in the later stages of the race to gain one place and finish fourth.
Luiz Razia fought from the back of the grid after the team solved his car's gearbox problem from Saturday. The Brazilian made a brilliant start gaining several positions to drive a solid race until a risky move by a competitor in front caused contact, sadly costing Luiz his race and forcing him to make an early retirement just a few laps before the chequered flag.
With just a few days to turn the cars around, the team will head straight to Monaco for the next round of the GP2 Main Series next week.
Phill Spencer: "I am a lot happier today. After a long night we got to the bottom of Luiz's gear box problems, so today he had a mechanically sound race. He had a good start and made up several places, but right at the end had an unfortunate coming together with Luca Filippi which caused his early retirement. As for Davide, he controlled the race dealing with the pressure from Coletti well. He managed his tyres and towards the end of the race the car came good for him- we were so close to a podium finish! I am really pleased for all the team. Obviously I'm sorry Luiz didn't get to finish the race again but hopefully we will get both cars to the podium in Monaco. I'm looking forward to it!"
Davide Valsecchi (Best time 1:34.940 / P4): "I am very happy with how things went today. The team did a great job - we were consistent, the tyres lasted, we were able to overtake and in the end we were incredibly close to a podium finish. Now we can go to Monte Carlo with confidence. It will all be down to qualifying well - GP2 is so close just one tiny mistake makes all the difference, especially somewhere like Monaco. I'd like to thank all the team for this weekend and let's hope we can have an even better race next week!"
Luiz Razia (Best time 1:35.805/ DNF): "When you start from the back of the grid it's always difficult, especially in the Sunday race. I made lots of places at the start and was on the pace but conscious of taking care of my tyres. The car felt good throughout which is something to be proud of. The team solved our gearbox problems from yesterday but unfortunately towards the end I made contact with Filippi and that was it, I had to retire. Today was not the day to get points, but let us head to Monaco and get a good result!"
Humphrey Corbett "Yet again it's been a race of good and bad for Team AirAsia. We worked hard on the race set up for Davide's car, making changes again from yesterday. He needs to improve his starts so we can get the best possible chance of a podium finish. For Luiz starting from the back of the grid was always going to be tricky. Often silly mistakes are made and incidents cannot be avoided and this is unfortunately what happened to Luiz today. He got tangled up with another car as they made a risky manoeuvre and there was nothing he could do. Two positives are he had a good start and the gearbox problem has been solved. We just need everything to fall into place so we can get up there and fight for a podium in Monaco."
Next race: Monaco 26th - 28th May
-source: team airasia