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Nasr Takes Budapest Podium
Posted by: newsla on Jul 27, 2014 - 02:51 PM
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Nasr Takes Budapest Podium


Carlin’s Felipe Nasr has taken a podium position in this morning’s GP2 Series Sprint Race as he fought hard to clinch third as his own. The Brazilian racer and Williams F1 Team reserve driver enjoyed a great start and looked after his tyres well to see him fight at the end for further positions. Julian Leal meanwhile was inevitably going to be on the back foot during the race as he started from last after being innocently taken out during a Feature Race incident. Leal was able to use his speed to gain places and finish in 15th overall.

 

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Following his disappointment yesterday Nasr made sure to launch off the line and take the advantage as the cars streamed into the first corner. Nasr, from third overall, blitzed in to turn one claiming second as his own. Meanwhile Leal, who had started from the very back of the grid as a result of his retirement from the Feature Race, had it all to do; the Colombian racer began to immediately fight to make his way up the grid at what is notoriously a difficult track to overtake at.

However drama at the front began to develop within a few laps when Jolyon Palmer began to make his move through the field. Coming up behind Nasr he pulled a harsh move on the Carlin man which saw Nasr pushed wide off track and ultimately losing position and falling down the third. Despite the incident being referred to the stewards the move was deemed legal and Nasr remained third as a result.

Leal meanwhile was continuing his progress in the field and by the midpoint of the race had moved up to 19th overall – his progress was further aided by the accident of Andrew Negrao and Simon Trummer who came together at turn two. This placed him in 17th position before he soon claimed 16th as his own by pulling a move on Daniel De Jong.

At the front Nasr continued to push Palmer hard to claim second as his own however despite gaining on the DAMS driver in the final laps he wasn’t able to make the overtake and settled for another strong podium position – coming home in third. For Leal he had another unlucky race when on the penultimate lap De Jong spun him round following a rash move. Leal looked to be out of luck however finished 15th overall after two final lap incidents elevated him back up the order.

Nasr said of his podium, ‘It’s always nice to get the podium and take away the points however the race was ruined for me when Palmer made another forceful move. So while I’m not happy about that move I’m obviously glad to get more points. We will now move on from this weekend confident in our pace and we will come back fighting for the next round.’

Speaking about his weekend Leal added, ‘It was another good start and it was clear that we had the pace in the car again however when you start from the back there isn’t an awful lot you can do. It was yesterday’s incident that compromised my weekend however I think we can definitely take lots of positives away when we look at the data.’

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