Jul 28

Chilton powers to victory in Budapest

Briton claims maiden win in feature race

GP2 SeriesGP2 - Max Chilton (CarlinMax Chilton has claimed his first GP2 win today, leading from pole in this afternoon’s feature race in Budapest with a strong, mature drive and soaking up race long pressure to claim victory from title rivals Davide Valsecchi and Luiz Razia.

The Englishman made a solid start when the lights went out, with Valsecchi right on his tail into turn one: behind them Razia ran side by side with Jolyon Palmer for the first few corners before latching onto Valsecchi and pushing the Italian for the rest of the lap, allowing Chilton to make a small break and concentrate on the job at hand.

Behind them the Lotus teammates were battling hard: Esteban Gutiérrez had a small touch with Razia at the first corner and was soon under pressure from James Calado, who dispatched the Mexican on the next lap before heading off after the top three, leaving his teammate looking in his mirrors at the train forming behind him.

Pit strategy was always going to be crucial at the tight circuit, and with Gutiérrez holding up the guys behind him Felipe Nasr, Palmer and Fabio Leimer came in on lap 11 to jump the queue, forcing those around them to react: Razia, Calado and Giedo van der Garde were in next time by, with Chilton and Valsecchi left with no choice by to pit one lap later.

Gutiérrez now led the field, ahead of Stefano Coletti, Julian Leal, Simon Trummer, Nigel Melker and Stéphane Richelmi (most of who started on the prime tyres, against the rest of the grid starting on super softs), with Chilton and Valsecchi emerging right behind them. The question now was how many of the late stoppers were going to be able to pace the chasing pack and emerge in the points.

The top 2 eventually pitted on lap 22, with the hounds in hot pursuit of the remaining front runners. Leal’s pace was dropping, and while Trummer squeezed by, Chilton was unable to find a path past the Colombian, with Valsecchi and Razia hounding the Briton all around the track. It was only when Leal peeled into the pits 2 laps later that Chilton was able to drive at his own pace, and dictate the terms.

In the closing laps he started losing time to his pursuers, leaving a few anxious moments yet for Carlin as Valsecchi threw everything he had at Chilton, not holding back until out of the final turn when Chilton was greeted by the chequered flag just 0.6 seconds ahead of Valsecchi, with Razia right behind the pair. Calado was next across the line in 4th, four seconds to the good over van der Garde and Palmer in P5 and P6.

The fight for the reverse pole was monumental: Josef Kral headed a queue and ran in 7th until suffering a mechanical gremlin a few laps from the end, promoting Nathanaël Berthon. Nasr looked to have P8 until he appeared to brake too late and ran into the wall at turn 1, with Gutiérrez squeezing by Fabio Leimer to take tomorrow’s pole, while Coletti rewarding himself with the final point on offer.

Razia’s lead in the championship over Valsecchi has now reduced back to 5 points, 186 to 181, while Gutiérrez hangs on in third place on 133. Van der Garde now has a one point lead over Calado, 129 to 128, while Chilton’s win puts him within touching distance of the pair on 124 points ahead of tomorrow’s sprint race.

Budapest – Feature Race
Max Chilton
Davide Valsecchi
Luiz Razia
Arden International
James Calado
Lotus GP
Giedo van der Garde
Caterham Racing
Jolyon Palmer
iSport International
Nathanaël Berthon
Racing Engineering
Esteban Gutiérrez
Lotus GP
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
Stefano Coletti
Scuderia Coloni
Fabio Onidi
Scuderia Coloni
Rio Haryanto
Simon Trummer
Arden International
Nigel Melker
Ocean Racing Technology
Daniel De Jong
Julian Leal
Trident Racing
Stéphane Richelmi
Trident Racing
Ricardo Teixeira
Marcus Ericsson
iSport International
Giancarlo Serenelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Victor Guerin
Ocean Racing Technology
Sergio Canamasas
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Caterham Racing
Josef Kral
Barwa Addax Team
Felipe Nasr
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Johnny Cecotto
Barwa Addax Team
Fastest Lap : Simon Trummer (Arden International) – 1:32.164 on lap 32

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Racing Eng.

Berthon will start on the front row for the Sprint Race after finishing seventh today for Racing Engineering.

The feature race of the GP2 Series in Hungaroring began under a totally clear sky and high temperatures of about 30º in the air and more than 45 on the bumpy asphalt surface of the Hungarian track.

Both of the Racing Engineering drivers were starting from the dirty side of the track, from eighth and twelfth positions, and although they made good getaways they could not avoid losing positions in the opening meters of the race, with Ericsson stalling his car and causing some confusion in the group. Fabio Leimer completed the opening lap in ninth position and Berthon in thirteenth, both then lost a place in lap 2, crossing the line with the Swiss driver in tenth position while the Frenchman was fourteenth.

A ‘drive through’ penalty to Canamasas, in the fourth lap, for driving over the track limits, allowed Berthon to get back up to the thirteenth position, and on the following lap Cecotto went off track so that both Fabio and Nathanaël were gained another place and were now ninth and twelfth respectively.

Soon after the pit stops began and the Racing Engineering drivers were among the first ones to take the mandatory change of tyres. Berthon stopped on lap 10, followed on the following lap by his team-mate Leimer who re-joined the track behind the Frenchman, with the Brazilian, Nasr, between them. The three soon were being slowed by Kral, who whose pace was slower that the group of cars ahead but, on a track where overtaking is very difficult, he was covering all the gaps and stayed ahead of the Racing Engineering car, which was heading the next group in fourteenth position when the race was close to its half-way point.

With six of the drivers who had started from the second half of the grid delaying their pit stops until late, the positions were false for a good number of laps. On lap 30 all the tyre changes were finally completed and Berthon remained stuck behind Kral, but had already moved up to eighth, whereas Leimer was tenth, attacking Nasr but also being pressed by Gutiérrez, who was coming on at a strong pace.

The close group in which the two drivers of the Spanish team were involved fell apart in the next three laps, when Kral retired and Nasr went off track. Berthon was then in seventh square, running finally with an open track ahead, whereas Leimer was ninth after having being finally overtaken by Gutiérrez.

In the last three laps, the Mexican was attacking Berthon but the young French driver from Racing Engineering was holding back the assaults of the Lotus GP car brilliantly to cross the finish line in a magnificent seventh position to score more points and that gives him a position on the first row for tomorrow’s Sprint Race. Leimer, for his part, crossed the chequered flag in ninth position, less than one second from eighth that gives the right to ‘pole position’ on Sunday.

The good pace showed by Berthon in today’s race means that the Frenchman is one of the favourites for a podium position in the Sprint Race due tomorrow, in which he will start from second position. Starting from the fifth row of the grid, it will be more difficult for Leimer to fight for the top positions but his speed and consistency allow the Spanish team to be confident that its two cars will be again among the main contenders in the Hungaroring sprint.


Race 2: Sun 29 Jul 2012, 10:35 (GMT+2)

Thomas Couyotopoulo, Sporting Director of Racing Engineering:

“As expected, the race was difficult for everybody today due to the hot conditions and the tyre degradation.

The starts didn’t go perfectly for our drivers as unfortunately some places were lost during the first laps but then they both kept a good pace on their option tyres.

The pit-stops to change to the prime tyres went well but unfortunately, we could not help Fabio to “jump” Nasr & Palmer during the pit-stop as they arrived on the fast lane and we didn’t release Fabio to avoid a possible drive through penalty. Nat gained some positions during the pit-stop sequence and has been able to stay in the top group, achieving a positive P7 finish. Fabio has scored some points by finishing P9 but it is disappointing as he misses the reversed grid pole for tomorrow and we were all hoping for a better result.

We will now analyse the data of this race to adjust the cars for tomorrow’s sprint race, with the hope to score good points with both drivers.”

Fabio Leimer:

“The start was OK, but then I lost some positions during the first two corners. After that I was just doing my laps but even though I could have, the track layout didn’t allow me to pass. At the pit stop we had to wait to avoid an unsafe release, which is a pity as otherwise I would have finished within the top 8 at least, allowing me a front row position at the start of tomorrow’s race.”

Nathanaël Berthon:

“First I would like to thank the entire team for the very good strategy and pit stop we had, I did my best during this race. The car was good after the pit stop and we still had a good pace at the end. Tomorrow we start second, so we can expect another good result.”

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Scuderia Coloni


Stefano Coletti and Scuderia Coloni boasted an amazing recovery in the Feature Race of the Budapest GP2 weekend. The Monegasque driver, who was starting from P19 after being slowed by traffic in yesterday’s qualifying, took the flag in 10th place after an amazing race. Fabio Onidi, who was starting from P14, also made up some good ground and closed the race just behind his team mate in 11th place.

The start was very positive for the Italian team as Coletti immediately jumped to P14 and Onidi slotted just behind him in 15th place. One lap later Stefano had already passed Berthon for P13, and his recovery continued to P11 after mistakes by both Cecotto and Canamasas. One of the few drivers to opt for a start on medium tyres, Stefano entered the pits for his tyre change as late as lap 22, and when he got back on track he had a set of supersoft to make the most of. He did it passing Haryanto for P12, and then reached the top ten when Kral and Nasr went out of the race for a technical gremlin and a mistake respectively. Being quicker than the guys ahead Stefano pushed to put pressure on Leimer, but on a twisty track like Hungaroring finding room to overtake wasn’t an easy task.

Differently from Coletti, Onidi started on supersofts and so opted for an earlier pit-stop on lap 11. That dropped him to P18 in the first part of the race but then Fabio drove very consistently and lap after lap, as his rivals also served the mandatory tyre change, he recovered up to P12 relying on his very good pace. Then he also passed Haryanto on track to clinch a much deserved 11th place finish, completing a good result for the team.

Paolo Coloni: “Recovering nine places on a twisty track like Budapest, where overtaking is nearly as difficult as in Monaco, is really a good result so Stefano and the team really have to be praised for that. As I said yesterday, we knew that our speed was much better than the result we got in Qualifying and I’m happy that today we managed to prove that with a very quick pace from both Stefano and Fabio. Now we have a better starting position for tomorrow and judging from today’s competitiveness we can aim for a very good result”.

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Trident Racing
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GP2 Budapest – Race 1

The Hungaroring circuit in Budapest is hosting the 9th round of the 2012 GP2 Series. The weekend entered its decisive stages today with the running of the feature race, the most important event on the schedule. The two drivers of Trident Racing, Julian Leal and Stéphane Richelmi, managed to end the race by cruising respectively to the 16th and 17th spot.

Richelmi, who took-off from the 10th row on the grid, drove a consistent race but paid the price of a first-lap melee due to a stuck car at the start. Leal started from the 22nd spot and immediately started to catch up. The Colombian’s race was highlighted by a strategy that featured a late tire change. Julian managed to avoid mistakes in the middle part of his stint, when his tires were wearing out, as he put together a steady drive. <!–[endif]–>

The closing race of the weekend at Budapest will take-off tomorrow at 10:30, with live coverage in Italy by top network RAI 2. Leal will start from the 8th row, followed in 17th by his team-mate Richelmi.

Julian Leal, 16.

“I started really well, but at the first corner I was forced onto the outside runoff area to avoid some cars that had collided out front. So I lost some spots and from the first few laps I started suffering from an annoying oversteer, which worsened as the tires started to wear out. When I caught the drivers who had already changed their tires, I decided to be really careful to avoid mistakes. I believe I defended my second position fairly, and with 12 laps to go I made it back to the pits for the tire change. When I made it back on-track I was fast, but by that time I had lost many positions and it’s been impossible to regain a top-10 spot in such a few laps.”

Stéphane Richelmi, 17.

“At the start I had a great run, but during the first lap Gonzalez, whom I had in front, touched with another car and I had to brake in avoidance. That cost me at least three positions, but I recovered well as I make up ground on the pack I had in front. I had a good pace although passing was almost impossible. Before the pit-stop I made a mistake that cost me several seconds, but after putting new tires on I recovered up to catch Leal’s slipstream.”

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Arden International, GP2 Series 2012 – Budapest Race One 

Bright start helps Razia to another podium finish…and Trummer stars, too

Luiz Razia consolidated his GP2 Series points lead with yet another stirring drive in the first of this weekend’s two Budapest races. The Brazilian made a flying start from fifth on the grid, survived a brush with Esteban Gutierrez (Lotus) at the first turn and held third place by the opening lap’s end, behind Max Chilton (Carlin) and Davide Valsecchi (DAMS).

Although the leading group remained closely matched, there were no significant place changes thereafter. Razia made his mandatory tyre stop on the 12th of 37 laps and finished a strong third, just a few seconds behind the top two.

His team-mate Simon Trummer recovered well from yesterday’s disappointing qualifying session. Lining up 24th, the Swiss made steady progress during the opening laps and a long first stint put him second on the road by lap 22. Next time around he passed Trident driver Julian Leal to take a lead he held until finally pitting on lap 29. That dropped him to 15th, but he made up two places before the end and capitalised on his fresh rubber to set the afternoon’s fastest lap.

Luiz Razia comments:

“I made a very good start today – and that was crucial at a circuit with so few overtaking opportunities. It was a long, hard race, but we had a good strategy – and a quick tyre stop. I think I had the pace to be second, but there was no way through and in any case I’m happy to have another podium finish, my eighth this season. I’m starting from the third row again tomorrow – and I’ll be looking to score as many points as possible.”

Simon Trummer comments:

“I had another strong first lap, passing about five cars, then tried to pace myself in the midfield and look after my tyres. I always planned to complete a long first stint and it felt good to lead the race for a while, even if the circumstances were slightly artificial. My pace was good, though, and the car felt absolutely brilliant. This wasn’t my best result of the year but it has been one of my best races and gives me lots of confidence for the sprint. I have only one thing in mind for tomorrow – to attack!”

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