Jose Maria Lopez 5th in Valencia In the opening weekend of the 2006 GP2 Series, Jose Maria Lopez and Lucas DiGrassi - both members of the Renault Driver Development Programme -- finished 5th and 17th in the first race this Saturday which took ...
Jose Maria Lopez 5th in Valencia
In the opening weekend of the 2006 GP2 Series, Jose Maria Lopez and Lucas DiGrassi - both members of the Renault Driver Development Programme -- finished 5th and 17th in the first race this Saturday which took place in Valencia, Spain.
Argentine Lopez started 6th on the grid with his Super Nova car. He made a good start and managed to keep his position. Keeping up with the pace of the leaders, Jose observed his compulsory pit-stop early in the race. Unfortunately, handicapped by some over steering, he was unable to close the gap with the car in front of him. By the end of the race, Jose fought hard in order to keep his position from Bruni. When Frenchman Premat, who was then second, made a mistake and went off track, Jose was 5th and crossed the finish line in this position.
Brazilian Lucas DiGrassi, meanwhile, had a more difficult time on the Spanish track. Starting 20th of the grid, Lucas made a brilliant start and gained three positions by the end of the first lap. He then kept pushing, but quickly lost grip. Even after his compulsory pit-stop and a change of tires, Lucas' car kept sliding. Unable to contain Adam Carroll's attacks, the Brazilian was overtaken by the Briton. He finished 17th.
For the Sunday race, Jose Maria will start 4th and Lucas will start 17th.
Jose Maria Lopez (Super Nova): "I made a good start. Even though Viso pushed me a little bit, I kept my position. But then, I've had a lot of problems with controlling the car in the corners. Trust me, if I didn't spin today, I will not spin this season! It's been a really long race and my fight with Bruni in the last laps was tough as he was much faster than me. I'm still happy I finished fifth which means I'll be starting 4th on the grid for tomorrow's race. Even though this is not the best circuit for us, I still have high hopes for the second race."
Lucas DiGrassi (Durango): "It's been a really weird day: we've always been quick during the winter testing and then, suddenly, we are struggling a lot with the car today. After a few laps, it started sliding a lot. I had almost no grip and as the race was going, it was getting even worse. I don't expect a lot from tomorrow's race as I'll be starting so far back on the grid... But my team and I will work really hard today in order to try and find some helpful solutions."