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Heartbreak In Hungary For Carlin's GP2 Team
Posted by: newsla on Jul 26, 2014 - 05:44 PM
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Heartbreak In Hungary For Carlin's GP2 Team

It was a tough but hard fought race for Carlin’s GP2 team this afternoon as the team participated in the seventh round of the GP2 Series taking place this weekend in Hungary. Felipe Nasr yesterday emphatically claimed his maiden pole position however two safety cars at the wrong moment ruined his strategy and saw him finish the Feature Race in seventh overall. Julian Leal also had an unlucky race as he was left little room on track and came together with Stefan Coletti causing damage which left him unable to continue and out of the race. The team now look ahead to the Sprint Race tomorrow morning.


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Off the line it was Dillmann who gained the best start however Nasr was not going to allow him to steal his lead and the Carlin man breezed around the outside as the pair went into the second corner. Dillmann soon seemed to be struggling with his tyres though and began holding the field up behind him; Palmer passed him and Nasr held his 3.5 second lead.

Leal meanwhile had lost position off the line and was running in 14th place in the opening laps. The Colombian racer began his attempt to make his way back up through the field however his luck was out when he was left no room and came together with Stefano Coletti which damaged his car and left him out of the race.

The drama continued as Arthur Pic and Stephane Richelmi had an issue of their own which left the latter stuck in the barriers. This incident brought the Safety Car which effectively put Nasr’s strategy on the back foot; already running on the harder compound tyre he didn’t need to pit so early however this enabled those on the softer tyre to take the opportunity to do so.

As a result Nasr spent the next stage of the race trying to pull a gap to this group of cars to enable him to get a pit stop in hand. Unfortunately when Nasr did take his stop the earlier Safety car had cut his advantage down and when he exited he was in 12th position.

Nasr put in fast laps in an attempt to overtake the cars ahead on older rubber however his race was further compromised when a second Safety Car, this time due to an incident between Nathaneal Berthon and Sergio Canamasas, meant that the cars ahead could preserve their tyres. Canamasas required medical attention, such was the impact of his crash, and it was this valuable time loss which meant that despite being on faster, newer tyres Nasr was unable to make inroads with just one racing lap left; as a result he finished the race in seventh position overall.

Nasr said of the race, ‘I had a good start and a good first lap to pull such a gap however the Safety Car completely turned around that race. We had the advantage but then it [the safety car] allowed those on a different strategy to pit and from then on our race was compromised. It was always going to be hard to recover from that however it wasn’t possible especially with that second safety car as well.

‘I was also disappointed with the fight with Palmer because it had been a good fair fight until he forced me pretty wide before the Canamasas accident. Today was such tough luck, sometimes it happens like that in racing but we had the pace which is good and tomorrow is another day though so we will recover.’

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