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2014 GP2 British Grand Prix
Posted by: newsla on Jul 07, 2014 - 04:51 PM
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2014 GP2 British Grand Prix

Car #19 - Alexander Rossi - P3 - 1:41.274
Weather: Air temp 25˚C / Track temp 32˚C - Dry

Car #19 - Alexander Rossi - P16 - 1:41.166
Weather: Air temp 24 ˚C / Track temp 30˚C - Dry


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Feature Race
Car #19 - Alexander Rossi - P12
Circuit Length: 5.891 km
Race distance: 170.705 km
Race length: 29 laps
Tyre use: P Zero Medium to P Zero hard

Sprint Race
Car #19 - Alexander Rossi - P21
Circuit Length: 5.891 km
Race length: 21 laps
Tyre use: P Zero hard

On Friday, round five of the GP2 Series got underway at Silverstone Circuit, in support of the 2014 Formula 1 British Grand Prix. Alexander Rossi, EQ8 Caterham Racing GP2 Driver and Caterham F1 Team Reserve Driver was immediately on pace in practice, maintaining a top three position for the duration of the session on the prime tyre.

However, during qualifying, an overall lack of grip on the option tyre meant Alexander could only achieve 16th for Saturday's Feature Race grid. Having completed GP2 practice and qualifying in dry conditions, the unpredictable British weather spiced things up with heavy rain for the duration of Saturday morning, subsiding just before the Feature Race and leaving greasy track conditions for the drivers to contend with.

Alexander lined up 16th on the grid and, with his teammate getting a very slow start, Alexander was boxed in losing two spots on the opening lap. 24 out of 26 cars saw the chequered flag and the race finished without the usual safety car interruptions. Alexander improved on his starting position and recovered from the early setback while on option tyres, crossing the line in 12th place.

Alexander had points to play for ahead of the GP2 Sprint Race but as the lights turned green an issue with the clutch meant that he eventually had to start from the pit lane, one lap down. Overall, it was a disappointing weekend, despite the excellent pace and promise during Friday's running.

Alexander: “I had no idea why the car was so different on the medium tyre in qualifying compared to how it felt in practice on the hard compound.

“I was third fastest in the morning and comfortable with the car balance, but for qualifying I had literally no grip on the option tyre. I only found 1/10th of second on the option compared to others around me. I was very disappointed with this result and knew the team and I had a lot of work to do before racing on the option tyre in the Feature Race.

“For the race, I was able to avoid Rio directly in front of me when he had a problem off the line and I lost a couple of spots immediately while getting around him. For the first stint we were lacking overall grip on the option tyre, similar to qualifying, so we pitted on lap 6 for prime tyres.

“After the stop the car felt better on the primes. We were running at a similar pace to the cars around us, so from that stand point it was difficult to move forward and improve on our position but I was confident we could potentially score points in the Sprint Race the next day.

“For the final race of the weekend I was not happy with the clutch map on the pit open lap. We made a change to the map in the pit box and then again on the grid after the initial warm up laps. The change was not a big enough step and once you stall in GP2 your race is pretty much over.

“I drove flat out for the entire race on the prime tyre, but when you’re a lap down there's not much you can do unless there is a safety car. The tyre degradation was minimal on Sunday which was positive, but we were still missing about one second a lap to the leaders. With no points scored, it’s another weekend for us to forget.”

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