2010 Valencia Street GP2 Series round

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Spain    2010 Valencian GP2 round
Round details
Round 4 of 10 rounds in the
2010 GP2 Series season
and
Round 3 of 8 rounds in the
2010 GP3 Series season
Circuit de Valencia
Circuit de Valencia
Location Valencia Street Circuit
Valencia, Spain
Course Street course
5.34 km (3.32 mi)
Feature race
Date 26 June 2010
Laps 31
Pole position
Driver Mexico Sergio Pérez Barwa Addax Team
Time 1:45.337
Podium
First Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Rapax
Second France Jules Bianchi ART Grand Prix
Third United Kingdom Sam Bird ART Grand Prix
Fastest lap
Driver Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Rapax
Time 1:47.528 (on lap 16)
Sprint race
Date 27 June 2010
Laps 21
Podium
First Sweden Marcus Ericsson Super Nova Racing
Second Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team
Third Romania Michael Herck DPR
Fastest lap
Driver Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Rapax
Time 1:47.656 (on lap 17)
Race 1
Date 26 June 2010
Laps 14
Pole position
Driver Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez ART Grand Prix
Time 1:58.653
Podium
First Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez ART Grand Prix
Second Canada Robert Wickens Status Grand Prix
Third Spain Roberto Merhi Atech CRS GP
Fastest lap
Driver Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez ART Grand Prix
Time 1:58:748 (on lap 14)
Race 2
Date 27 June 2010
Laps 14
Podium
First Switzerland Nico Müller Jenzer Motorsport
Second Spain Roberto Merhi Atech CRS GP
Third United Kingdom James Jakes Manor Racing
Fastest lap
Driver Spain Roberto Merhi Atech CRS GP
Time 1:58:845 (on lap 11)

The 2010 Valencian GP2 round was a GP2 Series motor race held on June 26 and June 27, 2010 at the Valencia Street Circuit in Valencia, Spain. It was the fourth round of the 2010 GP2 Season and the second race of the 2010 GP3 Season. The race was used to support the 2010 European Grand Prix.

GP2 Report[edit]

Feature Race[edit]

Pastor Maldonado strengthened his championship aspirations after winning a bizarre feature race at Valencia. The Rapax driver got past ART's Jules Bianchi at the start to go into the first corner in second place behind polesitter Sergio Pérez, but a series of accidents behind him eliminated nearly half the field in the first four corners. A safety car was brought out while the mess was cleaned up and just 13 of the 24 cars were still on the track for the restart three laps later, although Ocean's Fabio Leimer and Trident's Adrian Zaugg were also able to rejoin after pitting for repairs. But there was more drama to come before the race returned to green. Maldonado went wide at the final corner and Bianchi, taking advantage of the fact that the safety car line is before the start-finish line, was able to take the Venezuelan by surprise and pass him for second. Bianchi made a successful move on Pérez for the lead not long afterwards, but Davide Valsecchi's attempt to follow him through resulted in contact with Pérez that spun the Addax car and left the Mexican at the back of the field. Valsecchi was later handed a drive-through penalty for his part in the incident. Maldonado piled the pressure on Bianchi until the ART driver ran wide, and then gradually pulled away to secure the win by 8.2s. Bianchi followed him for second and Sam Bird made it an ART 2-3 by finishing third; the Brit having started from 10th on the grid. Giedo van der Garde (Addax) and Dani Clos (Racing Engineering) had an uneventful run to fourth and fifth, while Charles Pic (Arden), Marcus Ericsson (Super Nova) and Michael Herck (DPR) chased each other around to complete the points. It was a particularly welcome result for Ericsson, whose efforts finally helped Super Nova to get its first points of the year. There was one more bit of drama awaiting Pérez when he went to leave the pits and found Coloni's Alberto Valerio pulling out ahead of him with the rear jack still attached. It flew off at turn 4, fortunately bouncing out of Pérez's path and instead wiping out a TV camera mounted on the catch fencing.

Sprint Race[edit]

Marcus Ericsson took his first-ever GP2 win in the sprint race in Valencia. The Swede took the lead at the start by beating pole-sitter Michael Herck into the first corner, but faced a determined challenge from Giedo van der Garde over the last two laps. Despite van der Garde's apparent speed advantage, Ericsson did just enough to keep him at bay. While the win was a welcome change of form for the Super Nova team after a tough start to the season, there is also concern within the squad after Ericsson's team-mate Josef Kral was taken to hospital following a huge accident on lap three. The Czech driver ran into the back of Arden's Rodolfo Gonzalez and was launched skyward before landing on his gearbox and slamming into the Turn 17 barriers at high speed. He was taken to Hospital complaining of pain in his back and right arm, but was found to be unharmed seriously. He would return to GP2 at the last round of the season in Abu Dhabi. The accident prompted several laps behind the safety car, which eventually led to the race being flagged several laps before schedule due to time limitations. Herck held on to third, although he needed to shove Pastor Maldonado aside on the run to the finish line in order to do it, while Charles Pic and Davide Valsecchi scored the final points. Sergio Pérez endured another disastrous race; the Mexican being one of several victims of opening lap damage when he was hit by Alberto Valerio. He lost a lap but found himself out of sequence behind the safety car and spent the middle part of the race running fourth on the road ahead of title rival Maldonado. Pérez had just enough time to produce the fastest lap of the race - by a full second - before he was dealt a drive-through penalty for ignoring blue flags.

Classification[edit]

GP2 Series[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Name Team Time Grid
1 4 Mexico Sergio Pérez Barwa Addax Team 1:45.337 1
2 15 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Rapax 1:45.462 2
3 1 France Jules Bianchi ART Grand Prix 1:45.658 3
4 10 Italy Davide Valsecchi iSport International 1:45.898 4
5 3 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 1:45.995 5
6 26 Romania Michael Herck DPR 1:46.117 6
7 16 France Charles Pic Arden International Motorsport 1:46.171 7
8 8 Germany Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:46.263 8
9 27 Italy Giacomo Ricci DPR 1:46.358 9
10 2 United Kingdom Sam Bird ART Grand Prix 1:46.362 10
11 7 Spain Dani Clos Racing Engineering 1:46.478 11
12 24 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Trident Racing 1:46.504 12
13 20 Brazil Alberto Valerio Scuderia Coloni 1:46.508 13
14 14 Brazil Luiz Razia Rapax 1:46.518 14
15 25 South Africa Adrian Zaugg Trident Racing 1:46.532 15
16 9 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey iSport International 1:46.633 16
17 5 Czech Republic Josef Král Super Nova Racing 1:46.709 17
18 11 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio DAMS 1:46.743 18
19 6 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Super Nova Racing 1:46.756 241
20 12 China Ho-Pin Tung DAMS 1:46.780 19
21 21 Bulgaria Vladimir Arabadzhiev Scuderia Coloni 1:46.868 20
22 17 Venezuela Rodolfo González Arden International Motorsport 1:46.953 21
23 19 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Ocean Racing Technology 1:47.011 22
24 18 United Kingdom Max Chilton Ocean Racing Technology 1:47.054 23

Notes

1.^ - Marcus Ericsson received a ten-place grid penalty because of a collision with Adrian Zaugg in Istanbul.[1]

Feature Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Rapax 30 0:56:55.681 2 11
2 1 France Jules Bianchi ART Grand Prix 30 +8.296 3 8
3 2 United Kingdom Sam Bird ART Grand Prix 30 +16.094 10 6
4 3 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 30 +16.788 5 5
5 7 Spain Dani Clos Racing Engineering 30 +38.974 11 4
6 16 France Charles Pic Arden International Motorsport 30 +42.415 7 3
7 6 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Super Nova Racing 30 +42.914 24 2
8 26 Romania Michael Herck DPR 30 +43.722 6 1
9 20 Italy Alberto Valerio Scuderia Coloni 30 +48.508 13
10 10 Italy Davide Valsecchi iSport International 30 +50.411 4
11 4 Mexico Sergio Pérez Barwa Addax Team 30 +51.308 1
12 8 Germany Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 30 +55.338 8
13 21 Bulgaria Vladimir Arabadzhiev Scuderia Coloni 29 +1 lap/DNF 20
14 25 South Africa Adrian Zaugg Trident Racing 29 +1 lap 15
Ret 19 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Ocean Racing Technology 25 Retired 22
Ret 27 Italy Giacomo Ricci DPR 0 Retired 9
Ret 24 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Trident Racing 0 Retired 12
Ret 14 Brazil Luiz Razia Rapax 0 Retired 14
Ret 9 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey iSport International 0 Retired 16
Ret 5 Czech Republic Josef Král Super Nova Racing 0 Retired 17
Ret 11 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio DAMS 0 Retired 18
Ret 12 China Ho-Pin Tung DAMS 0 Retired 19
Ret 17 Venezuela Rodolfo González Arden International Motorsport 0 Retired 21
Ret 18 United Kingdom Max Chilton Ocean Racing Technology 0 Retired 23

Sprint Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Super Nova Racing 22 0:45:33.442 2 6
2 3 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 22 +0.883 5 5
3 26 Romania Michael Herck DPR 22 +5.120 1 4
4 15 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Rapax 22 +5.292 8 4
5 16 France Charles Pic Arden International Motorsport 22 +9.233 3 2
6 10 Italy Davide Valsecchi iSport International 22 +17.778 10 1
7 7 Spain Dani Clos Racing Engineering 22 +18.315 4
8 11 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio DAMS 22 +18.910 19
9 21 Bulgaria Vladimir Arabadzhiev Scuderia Coloni 22 +21.318 23
10 2 United Kingdom Sam Bird ART Grand Prix 22 +23.831 6
11 18 United Kingdom Max Chilton Ocean Racing Technology 22 +25.997 22
12 9 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey iSport International 22 +30.387 18
13 12 China Ho-Pin Tung DAMS 22 +32.713 20
14 24 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Trident Racing 22 +33.394 16
15 25 South Africa Adrian Zaugg Trident Racing 21 +1 lap 13
16 4 Mexico Sergio Pérez Barwa Addax Team 21 +1 lap 11
Ret 14 Brazil Luiz Razia Rapax 15 Retired 17
Ret 17 Venezuela Rodolfo González Arden International Motorsport 1 Retired 21
Ret 5 Czech Republic Josef Král Super Nova Racing 1 Retired 24
Ret 1 France Jules Bianchi ART Grand Prix 0 Retired 7
Ret 20 Italy Alberto Valerio Scuderia Coloni 0 Retired 9
Ret 8 Germany Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 0 Retired 12
Ret 19 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Ocean Racing Technology 0 Retired 14
Ret 27 Italy Giacomo Ricci DPR 0 Retired 15

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 2 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez ART Grand Prix 1:58.653 1
2 29 Spain Roberto Merhi ATECH CRS GP 1:58.709 51
3 4 Canada Robert Wickens Status Grand Prix 1:58.916 2
4 20 Denmark Michael Christensen MW Arden 1:58.986 72
5 28 France Jean-Éric Vergne Tech 1 Racing 1:59.041 3
6 17 Brazil Felipe Guimarães Addax Team 1:59.076 93
7 10 Netherlands Nigel Melker RSC Mücke Motorsport 1:59.107 4
8 8 Indonesia Rio Haryanto Manor Racing 1:59.370 6
9 21 Spain Miki Monrás MW Arden 1:59.385 8
10 27 Monaco Stefano Coletti Tech 1 Racing 1:59.457 134
11 1 United States Alexander Rossi ART Grand Prix 1:59.558 145
12 26 Romania Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 Racing 1:59.589 10
13 12 Germany Tobias Hegewald RSC Mücke Motorsport 1:59.669 11
14 30 United Kingdom Oliver Oakes ATECH CRS GP 1:59.817 12
15 23 Norway Pål Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 1:59.855 15
16 18 Mexico Pablo Sánchez López Addax Team 1:59.868 196
17 14 United States Josef Newgarden Carlin 1:59.946 16
18 25 Switzerland Nico Müller Jenzer Motorsport 1:59.954 17
19 22 Brazil Leonardo Cordeiro MW Arden 2:00.049 18
20 24 Switzerland Simon Trummer Jenzer Motorsport 2:00.059 20
21 19 Italy Mirko Bortolotti Addax Team 2:00.070 21
22 15 United Kingdom Dean Smith Carlin 2:00.119 257
23 11 Netherlands Renger van der Zande RSC Mücke Motorsport 2:00.151 22
24 3 Brazil Pedro Nunes ART Grand Prix 2:00.258 23
25 6 Lebanon Daniel Morad Status Grand Prix 2:00.413 288
26 7 United Kingdom James Jakes Manor Racing 2:00.542 299
27 9 United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor Racing 2:00.616 24
28 5 Russia Ivan Lukashevich Status Grand Prix 2:00.729 26
29 31 Italy Vittorio Ghirelli ATECH CRS GP 2:00.865 27
30 16 Brazil Lucas Foresti Carlin 2:00.880 3010

Notes

1.^ - Roberto Merhi, Michael Christensen, Stefano Coletti, Alexander Rossi, Pablo Sánchez López, Dean Smith, Daniel Morad, James Jakes and Lucas Foresti received a three-place grid penalty because of ignoring yellow flags. Felipe Guimarães was penalised for crossing the pit exit line during free practice.[2]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ericsson picks up penalty". gp2series.com. GP2 series. 2010-05-30. Archived from the original on 3 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  2. ^ "GP3 issues 10 grid penalties". Autosport. Autosport. 2010-06-26. Archived from the original on 29 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 


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