2010 Hockenheimring GP2 Series round

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Germany    2010 German GP2 round
Round details
Round 6 of 10 rounds in the
2010 GP2 Series
Round 5 of 8 rounds in the
2010 GP3 Series
The Hockenheimring
The Hockenheimring
Location Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
4.574 km (2.842 mi)
Feature race
Date 24 July 2010
Laps 40
Pole position
Driver France Charles Pic Arden International Motorsport
Time 1:41.638
First Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Rapax
Second Mexico Sergio Pérez Barwa Addax Team
Third France Charles Pic Arden International Motorsport
Fastest lap
Driver France Jules Bianchi ART Grand Prix
Time 1:23.527 (on lap 37)
Sprint race
Date 25 July 2010
Laps 27
First Mexico Sergio Pérez Barwa Addax Team
Second United Kingdom Oliver Turvey iSport International
Third South Africa Adrian Zaugg Trident Racing
Fastest lap
Driver Mexico Sergio Pérez Barwa Addax Team
Time 1:23.110 (on lap 19)
Race 1
Date 24 July 2010
Laps 14
Pole position
Driver United States Josef Newgarden Carlin
Time 1:47.176
First Canada Robert Wickens Status Grand Prix
Second United States James Jakes Manor Racing
Third Netherlands Renger van der Zande RSC Mücke Motorsport
Fastest lap
Driver Canada Robert Wickens Status Grand Prix
Time 1:33.080 (on lap 15)
Race 2
Date 25 July 2010
Laps 14
First Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez ART Grand Prix
Second Spain Daniel Juncadella Tech 1 Racing
Third Monaco Stefano Coletti Tech 1 Racing
Fastest lap
Driver Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez ART Grand Prix
Time 1:31.853 (on lap 14)

The 2010 German GP2 round was a GP2 Series motor race held on July 24 and 25, 2010 at Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Germany. It was the sixth round of the 2010 GP2 Season and the fifth round of the 2010 GP3 Season. The race was used to support the 2010 German Grand Prix. The round marked the return to Hockenheim after the Nürburgring held the previous year's event, due to the German Grand Prix rotation. In GP3's first visit to Germany, Robert Wickens took his first GP3 victory in a chaotic Race 1, while dominant championship leader Esteban Gutiérrez took Race 2 honours.

GP2 Report[edit]

Feature Race[edit]

Pastor Maldonado extended his GP2 Series points lead by claiming his fourth victory of the season in the feature race at Hockenheim. The Rapax driver took the lead at the start when polesitter Charles Pic (Arden) was slow off the line, and aside from one lap during the pitstop cycle he led the entire race from there on. Addax's Sergio Pérez gave Maldonado some trouble during the first stint, but all of the Mexican's attempts to get past were easily defended. He was unable to summon the same sort of pace from his second set of tyres though, and Maldonado went on to take a comfortable 3.8-second win, with Pic completing the podium. Dani Clos (Racing Engineering) took fourth, while Jules Bianchi was fifth for ART, taking the fastest lap along the way, with Super Nova's Marcus Ericsson, Trident's Adrian Zaugg and iSport's Oliver Turvey completing the points-scorers. ART's Sam Bird had a nightmare race, starting towards the back of the field after crashing in qualifying and then being given a drivethrough penalty for causing a collision with Giedo van der Garde while fighting the Dutch Addax driver for 10th. It was also a difficult afternoon for series returnee Romain Grosjean, who was hit from behind by Racing Engineering's Christian Vietoris and had to pit for repairs. He rejoined the race three laps down, and DAMS' misery was completed when Ho-Pin Tung retired at mid-distance. The Chinese driver had joined his team-mate in the pits at the end of the first lap after breaking his front wing on the Coloni Dallara of Alberto Valerio.

Sprint Race[edit]

Sergio Pérez took his third win of the season in the Hockenheim sprint race, while points leader Pastor Maldonado was eliminated in a late crash. Pérez's victory came fairly easily, the Addax driver picking off Trident's Adrian Zaugg and iSport's Oliver Turvey to take the lead on lap 10, and then building a gap that had grown to 6.3s by the time he took the flag. Polesitter Turvey was initially beaten off the line by Zaugg and Super Nova's Marcus Ericsson, but the Briton reclaimed second from Ericsson on the opening lap and then passed Zaugg for the lead a lap later. Zaugg had no answer to Turvey's pace, but he still had enough to hold on to third and give Trident its first podium since Mike Conway won in Monaco in 2008. But the real story of the race was Romain Grosjean's drive from the back of the field; the Franco-Swiss driver methodically gaining places to eventually find himself on the end of a four-way scrap for fifth with Racing Engineering's Dani Clos, ART's Sam Bird and Maldonado. Grosjean passed Maldonado for seventh with a couple of laps remaining, but things came to a head when Bird dived inside Clos for fifth at the hairpin. Grosjean tried to follow the Briton through and looked to have succeeded, but the opportunistic Maldonado had simultaneously tried to slip to the inside of both of them. Bird made his move stick, but Grosjean and Maldonado collided at the exit of the corner, putting both out of the race. The crash was subject to a post-race investigation by the stewards that the results of which have not yet been released. Bird's drive to fifth had been almost as impressive as Grosjean's effort given that he's started from 14th, and he finished just behind team-mate Jules Bianchi. Clos held on for the final point.

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