Cruel fuel blow sidelines iSport pair The opening GP2 Series race on the new Valencia street circuit ended in peculiar fashion this afternoon. Several cars ran out of fuel on the final lap, including the Racing Engineering car of leader Giorgio...
Cruel fuel blow sidelines iSport pair
The opening GP2 Series race on the new Valencia street circuit ended in peculiar fashion this afternoon. Several cars ran out of fuel on the final lap, including the Racing Engineering car of leader Giorgio Pantano and the two iSport entries of Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok.
Senna slowed just after passing the struggling Pantano for fourth, while Chandhok was fighting back from a drive-through pit penalty - awarded after he was adjudged to have rejoined the race in an unsafe manner - and was chasing Luca Filippi for what eventually became eighth place.
"These things happen. I was really happy with my pace in the opening stages of the race - I pulled off several strong passing moves, settled into a good rhythm and things were going well.
"I had no warning at all about the fuel problem. If the engine had spluttered during the previous lap I'd have backed off, because I had plenty I hand over the next car, but it cut very suddenly and that was that. I'm not too despondent, though: Giorgio and I both suffered the same problem, the title race remains wide open and I'm confident I can score a good result tomorrow."
"I really don't feel I deserved the drive-through penalty. Earlier this season Lucas di Grassi rejoined a race in exactly the same manner as I did today, right in front of Bruno, in fact, but that went unpunished and I honestly don't think I did anything wrong. That's life, though.
"The car definitely felt good today, but after the penalty I spent most of the race passing slower traffic and wasn't able to exploit it fully. I was catching Filippi quite easily towards the end and felt confident I'd be able to pass him on the final lap. As it turns out that would have put me on pole tomorrow, but instead I'll now be 15th - a frustrating end to a frustrating race."