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Leal Recovers To The Points But There's Heartbreak For Nasr
Posted by: newsla on Jun 22, 2014 - 06:10 PM
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Leal Recovers To The Points But There's Heartbreak For Nasr


It was a hard fought GP2 Sprint Race for Carlin’s Julian Leal and Felipe Nasr this morning in which Leal recovered well from 13th on the grid to claim points for seventh while Nasr was forced to retire in the opening laps. Colombian racer Leal enjoyed another strong start and had made his way up in to the top ten in the opening lap and continued to fight well to come home in an impressive seventh – adding further points to his championship haul. Feature Race winner Nasr suffered contact on the opening lap, was told by the race director to pit and then forced to retire.

 

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As the lights extinguished both Nasr and Leal enjoyed strong starts and began to push for position however by the end of the very first lap Nasr had suffered contact and had damage on his front wing while Leal had moved up in to ninth overall. Nasr’s damaged front wing didn’t seem to be affecting his performance on track and he was able to hold on to seventh position. However the stewards decided that the front wing needed to be changed which meant that Nasr was forced to come in to the pit lane for a replacement and led to his ultimate retirement.

Holding the fort on his own, Leal was running in a points paying position and looking to chase those ahead who were struggling with their tyres. Alexander Rossi was one of these – the Caterham driver seemed unable to get the power down and was sliding through the corners. Leal attempted a move however Jolyon Palmer, who was just behind him, also tried to take the advantage. Neither were able to pass and instead took the fight to each other – over the next lap the two drivers were side by side and after defending incredibly well Leal lost out and found himself in seventh overall – this gave Rossi the opportunity to recover and push further up ahead.

Although there were multiple battles taking place at the very front of the grid Leal enjoyed a relatively calm final few laps in a race which saw him recover from his unlucky Feature Race yesterday to claim points for seventh overall.

Leal said of his race, ‘We got a good start on the line and kept out of trouble over the first lap which is always important. I was able to gain positions and overtook [Jolyon] Palmer and then was up behind [Mitch] Evans. I couldn’t overtake and that meant that Palmer came at me. Unfortunately he got past me however to finish seventh having start 13th today is good. We will continue to keep pushing as we get ready for Silverstone but the car once again felt really good today so we know we can be at the top fighting.’

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