MORAD TAKES POINTS FINISH AT SILVERSTONE GMH Motorsport-backed driver Daniel Morad scored points again with a seventh-placed finish in the GP3 Series race at Silverstone today, and in the process set himself up with a front-row start for...
MORAD TAKES POINTS FINISH AT SILVERSTONE
GMH Motorsport-backed driver Daniel Morad scored points again with a seventh-placed finish in the GP3 Series race at Silverstone today, and in the process set himself up with a front-row start for the second race on Sunday in front of the raceday crowd at the British Grand Prix.
The Canadian-Lebanese driver got a good start to retain his seventh place on the grid, and safely negotiated a frantic first few corners. Although he lost out to Carlin's Dean Smith later on during the lap, he withstood further pressure from behind and settled into a good race pace. As the 14-lap race progressed, Morad got faster and began to reel Smith back in over the second half. He moved back up to seventh when a car in front retired, but with overtaking proving difficult on the fast, sweeping 3.66-mile circuit he could not dislodge Smith and had to be content with a two-point haul. With the GP3 Series' rule of the top eight finishers lining up on the grid in reverse order for Sunday's second race, Morad will start tomorrow from second and is gunning for a first podium finish.
Robert Wickens, starting 18th due to a 10-place grid penalty imposed at the previous event, drove strongly through the field but just missed out on a point. The Canadian made up three places by the first corner and then picked off three more cars during lap one. But his progress was thwarted for seven laps by Renger van der Zande's defence, until the Dutchman ran wide on lap 12 and Wickens swept by. He chased down the car ahead for eighth - and a front-row start on the reverse grid - but ran out of laps and starts ninth tomorrow.
Ivan Lukashevich enjoyed a solid race from 30th on the grid after a difficult qualifying. The Marussia Motors development driver showed much improved speed and came through several battles to finish 19th.
The Drivers' View
Daniel Morad (LIB): (Result: 7th. Best lap time: 1m54.42s).
"I can't complain about seventh, and it's good to be back in the points. Clearly the bonus is a front-row start for tomorrow's race and I'm hopeful we can capitalise and get a strong result from there."
Robert Wickens (CAN): (Result: 9th. Best lap time: 1m54.16s).
"I got a good start and then picked off some cars on the first lap but after that it's hard to pass. I was behind Renger a long time, but he was strong in the important areas. It's disappointing to just miss out on eighth."
Ivan Lukashevich (RUS): (Result: 19th. Best lap time: 1m54.88s).
"I'm happier because I had much better pace in the race today, got more racing miles in and another finish. There's still progress to make but I believe we can make another step forward in the race tomorrow."
-source: status gp