2010 Catalunya GP2 Series round

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Spain    2010 Spanish GP2 round
Round details
Round 1 of 10 rounds in the
2010 GP2 Series season
and
Round 1 of 8 rounds in the
2010 GP3 Series season
Circuit de Catalunya
Circuit de Catalunya
Location Circuit de Catalunya
Montmeló, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
4.655 km (2.892 mi)
Feature race
Date 8 May 2010
Laps 37
Pole position
Driver France Jules Bianchi ART Grand Prix
Time 1:27.727
Podium
First France Charles Pic Arden International Motorsport
Second Italy Giacomo Ricci DPR
Third Spain Dani Clos Racing Engineering
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Sam Bird ART Grand Prix
Time 1:31.754 (on lap 4)
Sprint race
Date 9 May 2010
Laps 25
Podium
First Switzerland Fabio Leimer Ocean Racing Technology
Second Brazil Luiz Razia Rapax Team
Third Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Rapax Team
Fastest lap
Driver Switzerland Fabio Leimer Ocean Racing Technology
Time 1:31.229 (on lap 7)
Race 1
Date 8 May 2010
Laps 15
Pole position
Driver Netherlands Nigel Melker RSC Mücke Motorsport
Time 1:52.602
Podium
First Norway Pål Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport
Second Canada Robert Wickens Status Grand Prix
Third Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez ART Grand Prix
Fastest lap
Driver Spain Miki Monrás MW Arden
Time 1:48.306 (on lap 6)
Race 2
Date 9 May 2010
Laps 15
Podium
First United States Alexander Rossi ART Grand Prix
Second Brazil Lucas Foresti Carlin
Third Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez ART Grand Prix
Fastest lap
Driver United States Alexander Rossi ART Grand Prix
Time 1:38.501

The 2010 Spanish GP2 round was a GP2 Series motor race held on May 8 and May 9, 2010 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmeló, Spain. It was the first race of the 2010 GP2 Season. The race was used to support the 2010 Spanish Grand Prix. It is also the first weekend where GP2's feeder formula GP3 appears. Jules Bianchi gained pole position for the feature race on his first outing for ART. While in GP3 pole was achieved by Nigel Melker.

Report[edit]

Feature race[edit]

In Race 1, Charles Pic won an eventful first race of the 2010 GP2 season at Barcelona. The rookie Frenchman moved into first place when previous leader Sergio Pérez (Barwa Addax) was delayed by a slow pitstop, and survived a brief challenge from DPR's Giacomo Ricci to take Arden's first win since the same event 12 months ago. Ricci's second place was an equally memorable result for DPR, a team that scored precisely one point between 2007 and 2009, and has not won a race since the inaugural GP2 season in 2005. Completing the podium was local man Dani Clos of Racing Engineering, who staked his claim to the position with a pass on Pastor Maldonado earlier in the race. Pérez finished just off the podium, but compared to other title rivals, fared well. ART pairing of polesitter Jules Bianchi and Sam Bird were just 2 drivers who suffered at the start. Bianchi led into the first corner, only to collide with Racing Engineering's Christian Vietoris. Both cars were out of the race, while Bird was forced wide in the melee behind him and had to return to the pits for a new nose. At that point he seemed out of contention, but the Briton produced a stunning drive from the back of the grid, reminiscent of Lewis Hamilton's drive through the field in Turkey 2006, to haul himself back up to ninth at the finish, falling just 1.6s short of taking the final point and sprint race pole from Ocean Racing's Fabio Leimer. Less fortunate in his progress through the field was Barwa Addax's Giedo van der Garde, who was dealt a 10s penalty for leaving the pit exit after it had closed prior to the race, and then a drive-through for jumping the start.

Sprint race[edit]

Fabio Leimer survived a late push from Luiz Razia to win the second GP2 Series Race at Barcelona. The Swiss driver, who was making his series debut, started from pole and opened a gap of as much as 4.3 seconds during the middle part of the race. But Razia came back at him over the closing laps, and crossed the line just 0.7s in arrears. It was the second-ever win for the Ocean Racing Technology squad, while third for Razia's team-mate Pastor Maldonado secured a two-three for Rapax. The race was fairly processional at the front, but there was more competition for the minor points placings. ART's Sam Bird echoed his overtaking masterclass of the day before with another excellent performance, the Briton climbing from ninth to fourth, and he could potentially have challenged for third were it not a late excursion into the gravel that cost him six seconds. Oliver Turvey held on to fifth despite lapping around 1.5s off the pace in an unco-operative iSport car, leading a train of cars behind him headed by a frustrated Dani Clos (Racing Engineering). Once again it was a difficult day for some of the series favourites, with Jules Bianchi finishing 12th after banging wheels with Giedo van der Garde and sliding off the track, while Sergio Pérez was unable to make the start after the engine in his Barwa Addax Dallara blew on the formation lap. There could be more bad news ahead for the Mexican, who is facing a post-race investigation for trailing oil around the racing line on two thirds of the lap before finally pulling over, forcing the start to be delayed by 10 minutes while powder was laid down.

Classification[edit]

GP2 Series[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Name Team Time Grid
1 1 France Jules Bianchi ART Grand Prix 1:27.727 1
2 4 Mexico Sergio Pérez Barwa Addax Team 1:28.011 2
3 2 United Kingdom Sam Bird ART Grand Prix 1:28.241 3
4 8 Germany Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:28.254 4
5 9 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey iSport International 1:28.298 5
6 16 France Charles Pic Arden International Motorsport 1:28.300 6
7 7 Spain Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:28.372 7
8 6 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Super Nova Racing 1:28.376 8
9 15 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Rapax 1:28.670 9
10 10 Italy Davide Valsecchi iSport International 1:28.714 10
11 19 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Ocean Racing Technology 1:28.723 11
12 27 Italy Giacomo Ricci DPR 1:28.969 12
13 3 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:29.000 161
14 14 Brazil Luiz Razia Rapax 1:29.065 13
15 24 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Trident Racing 1:29.129 14
16 11 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio DAMS 1:29.238 15
17 20 Brazil Alberto Valerio Scuderia Coloni 1:29.271 17
18 5 Czech Republic Josef Král Super Nova Racing 1:29.382 18
19 18 United Kingdom Max Chilton Ocean Racing Technology 1:29.437 19
20 26 Romania Michael Herck DPR 1:29.500 20
21 25 South Africa Adrian Zaugg Trident Racing 1:29.518 21
22 12 China Ho-Pin Tung DAMS 1:29.519 22
23 21 Bulgaria Vladimir Arabadzhiev Scuderia Coloni 1:29.912 23
24 17 Venezuela Rodolfo González Arden International Motorsport 1:30.209 24

Notes

1.^ – Giedo van der Garde received a three-place grid penalty because of impeding Jérôme d'Ambrosio in qualifying.[1]

Feature Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 16 France Charles Pic Arden International Motorsport 43 0:57:54.177 6 10
2 27 Italy Giacomo Ricci DPR 43 +1.489 12 8
3 7 Spain Dani Clos Racing Engineering 43 +4.209 7 6
4 4 Mexico Sergio Pérez Barwa Addax Team 43 +5.111 2 5
5 9 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey iSport International 43 +18.339 5 4
6 15 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Rapax 43 +30.211 9 3
7 14 Brazil Luiz Razia Rapax 43 +30.568 14 2
8 19 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Ocean Racing Technology 43 +34.321 11 1
9 2 United Kingdom Sam Bird ART Grand Prix 43 +35.961 3 1
10 10 Italy Davide Valsecchi iSport International 43 +44.064 10
11 6 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Super Nova Racing 43 +50.352 8
12 5 Czech Republic Josef Král Super Nova Racing 43 +51.682 18
13 12 China Ho-Pin Tung DAMS 43 +53.450 22
14 20 Italy Alberto Valerio Scuderia Coloni 43 +59.837 17
15 17 Venezuela Rodolfo González Arden International Motorsport 43 +1:06.180 24
16 25 South Africa Adrian Zaugg Trident Racing 43 +1:06.394 21
17 26 Romania Michael Herck DPR 43 +1:06.689 20
18 18 United Kingdom Max Chilton Ocean Racing Technology 43 +1:11.572 19
19 21 Bulgaria Vladimir Arabadzhiev Scuderia Coloni 43 +1:16.292 23
20 3 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 43 +1:17.173 13
Ret 11 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio DAMS 12 Retired 16
Ret 1 France Jules Bianchi ART Grand Prix 0 Retired 1
Ret 8 Germany Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 0 Retired 4
Ret 24 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Trident Racing 0 Retired 15

Sprint Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 19 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Ocean Racing Technology 25 0:38:31.849 1 7
2 14 Brazil Luiz Razia Rapax 25 +0.755 2 5
3 15 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Rapax 25 +4.850 3 4
4 2 United Kingdom Sam Bird ART Grand Prix 25 +14.274 9 3
5 9 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey iSport International 25 +26.785 4 2
6 7 Spain Dani Clos Racing Engineering 25 +27.433 6 1
7 16 France Charles Pic Arden International Motorsport 25 +28.459 8
8 27 Italy Giacomo Ricci DPR 25 +29.077 7
9 3 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 25 +29.889 20
10 12 China Ho-Pin Tung DAMS 25 +31.323 13
11 10 Italy Davide Valsecchi iSport International 25 +39.226 10
12 1 France Jules Bianchi ART Grand Prix 25 +39.584 22
13 11 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio DAMS 25 +39.661 21
14 17 Venezuela Rodolfo González Arden International Motorsport 25 +51.383 15
15 25 South Africa Adrian Zaugg Trident Racing 25 +51.971 16
16 18 United Kingdom Max Chilton Ocean Racing Technology 25 +52.473 18
17 24 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Trident Racing 25 +53.489 24
18 8 Germany Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 25 +54.129 23
19 5 Czech Republic Josef Král Super Nova Racing 25 +54.772 12
20 21 Bulgaria Vladimir Arabadzhiev Scuderia Coloni 25 +56.388 19
21 26 Romania Michael Herck DPR 25 +1:05.541 17
Ret 6 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Super Nova Racing 2 Retired 11
DNS 20 Italy Alberto Valerio Scuderia Coloni 0 Did not start 14
DNS 4 Mexico Sergio Pérez Barwa Addax Team 0 Did not start 5

Standings after the round[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

GP3 Series[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Name Team Time Grid
1 10 Netherlands Nigel Melker RSC Mücke Motorsport 1:52.602 1
2 23 Norway Pål Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 1:52.931 2
3 4 Canada Robert Wickens Status Grand Prix 1:52.974 3
4 6 Lebanon Daniel Morad Status Grand Prix 1:53.311 4
5 7 United Kingdom James Jakes Manor Racing 1:53.440 5
6 15 United Kingdom Dean Smith Carlin 1:53.600 6
7 2 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez ART Grand Prix 1:53.603 7
8 28 France Jean-Éric Vergne Tech 1 Racing 1:53.765 8
9 11 Netherlands Renger van der Zande RSC Mücke Motorsport 1:53.914 9
10 24 Switzerland Simon Trummer Jenzer Motorsport 1:53.983 10
11 17 Brazil Felipe Guimarães Addax Team 1:54.159 11
12 14 United States Josef Newgarden Carlin 1:54.329 12
13 8 Indonesia Rio Haryanto Manor Racing 1:54.331 13
14 16 Brazil Lucas Foresti Carlin 1:54.477 14
15 27 Spain Daniel Juncadella Tech 1 Racing 1:54.495 15
16 20 Denmark Michael Christensen MW Arden 1:54.658 16
17 21 Spain Miki Monrás MW Arden 1:54.666 17
18 3 Brazil Pedro Nunes ART Grand Prix 1:54.686 18
19 18 Mexico Pablo Sánchez López Addax Team 1:54.691 19
20 25 Switzerland Nico Müller Jenzer Motorsport 1:54.726 20
21 22 Brazil Leonardo Cordeiro MW Arden 1:54.758 21
22 30 United Kingdom Oliver Oakes ATECH CRS GP 1:54.817 22
23 26 Romania Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 Racing 1:55.069 23
24 29 Italy Patrick Reiterer ATECH CRS GP 1:55.394 24
25 12 Germany Tobias Hegewald RSC Mücke Motorsport 1:55.643 25
26 5 Russia Ivan Lukashevich Status Grand Prix 1:55.927 26
27 9 United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor Racing 1:57.082 27
28 1 United States Alexander Rossi ART Grand Prix 2:00.622 28
29 31 Italy Vittorio Ghirelli ATECH CRS GP 2:01.311 29
30 19 Italy Mirko Bortolotti Addax Team no time 30

Feature Race[edit]

Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 23 Norway Pål Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 15 0:26:58.573 2 10
2 4 Canada Robert Wickens Status Grand Prix 15 +1.563 3 8
3 2 Mexico Esteban Gutierrez ART Grand Prix 15 +1:958 7 6
4 15 United Kingdom Dean Smith Carlin 15 +3.446 6 5
5 28 France Jean-Éric Vergne Tech 1 Racing 15 +6.772 8 4
6 24 Switzerland Simon Trummer Jenzer Motorsport 15 +8.734 10 3
7 16 Brazil Lucas Foresti Carlin 15 +13.604 14 2
8 1 United States Alexander Rossi ART Grand Prix 15 +14.208 28 1
9 7 United Kingdom James Jakes Manor Racing 15 +15.874 5
10 21 Spain Miki Monrás MW Arden 15 +16.628 17 1
11 27 Spain Daniel Juncadella Tech 1 Racing 15 +16.958 15
12 3 Brazil Pedro Nunes ART Grand Prix 15 +17.750 18
13 25 Switzerland Nico Muller Jenzer Motorsport 15 +18.814 20
14 30 United Kingdom Oliver Oakes ATECH CRS GP 15 +20.305 22
15 11 Netherlands Renger van der Zande RSC Mücke Motorsport 15 +21.773 9
16 19 Italy Mirko Bortolotti Addax Team 15 +22.066 30
17 12 Germany Tobias Hegewald RSC Mücke Motorsport 15 +23.168 25
18 22 Brazil Leonardo Cordeiro MW Arden 15 +28.733 21
19 5 Russia Ivan Lukashevich Status Grand Prix 15 +29.238 26
20 8 Indonesia Rio Haryanto Manor Racing 15 +31.131 13
21 9 United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor Racing 14 +1 lap 27
22 26 Romania Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 Racing 14 +1 lap 23
NC 29 Italy Patrick Reiterer ATECH CRS GP 11 +4 laps 24
Ret 14 United States Josef Newgarden Carlin 2 Retired 12
Ret 18 Mexico Pablo Sánchez López Addax Team 2 Retired 19
Ret 20 Denmark Michael Christensen MW Arden 2 Retired 16
Ret 10 Netherlands Nigel Melker RSC Mücke Motorsport 0 Retired 1
Ret 6 Lebanon Daniel Morad Status Grand Prix 0 Retired 4
Ret 17 Brazil Felipe Guimarães Addax Team 0 Retired 11
DNS 31 Italy Vittorio Ghirelli ATECH CRS GP 0 Did not start 29

Sprint Race[edit]

Pos No Name Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 United States Alexander Rossi ART Grand Prix 15 0:27:06.594 1 7
2 16 Brazil Lucas Foresti Carlin 15 +10.535 2 5
3 2 Mexico Esteban Gutierrez ART Grand Prix 15 +11.005 6 4
4 4 Canada Robert Wickens Status Grand Prix 15 +11.699 7 3
5 15 United Kingdom Dean Smith Carlin 15 +14.154 5 2
6 3 Brazil Pedro Nunes ART Grand Prix 15 +17.082 12 1
7 7 United Kingdom James Jakes Manor Racing 15 +17.537 9
8 24 Switzerland Simon Trummer Jenzer Motorsport 15 +18.346 3
9 25 Switzerland Nico Muller Jenzer Motorsport 15 +18.937 13
10 30 United Kingdom Oliver Oakes ATECH CRS GP 15 +24.906 14
11 27 Spain Daniel Juncadella Tech 1 Racing 15 +28.248 11
12 22 Brazil Leonardo Cordeiro MW Arden 15 +30.092 18
13 12 Germany Tobias Hegewald RSC Mücke Motorsport 15 +30.625 17
14 10 Netherlands Nigel Melker RSC Mücke Motorsport 15 +30.880 27
15 18 Mexico Pablo Sánchez López Addax Team 15 +31.398 25
16 14 United States Josef Newgarden Carlin 15 +31.989 24
17 29 Italy Patrick Reiterer ATECH CRS GP 15 +34.349 23
18 20 Denmark Michael Christensen MW Arden 15 +34.685 26
19 5 Russia Ivan Lukashevich Status Grand Prix 15 +37.257 19
20 17 Brazil Felipe Guimarães Addax Team 15 +38.196 29
21 28 France Jean-Éric Vergne Tech 1 Racing 15 +40.869 4
22 6 Lebanon Daniel Morad Status Grand Prix 15 +43.081 28
23 21 Spain Miki Monrás MW Arden 15 +44.023 10
24 11 Netherlands Renger van der Zande RSC Mücke Motorsport 15 +48.749 15
25 8 Indonesia Rio Haryanto Manor Racing 15 +56.584 20
26 9 United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor Racing 14 +1 lap 21
Ret 26 Romania Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 Racing 5 Retired 22
Ret 23 Norway Pål Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 0 Retired 8
Ret 19 Italy Mirko Bortolotti Addax Team 0 Retired 16
DNS 31 Italy Vittorio Ghirelli ATECH CRS GP 0 Did not start 29

Standings after the round[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Post qualifying penalty for van der Garde". gp2series.com. GP2 series. 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 


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