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GP2 - Monza Race Report

Monday, September 10, 2012 - 16:00
"We now have some work to do to be sure we can finish the season on a high in Singapore".

The penultimate round of the 2012 GP2 Championship season, held at the super-fast circuit of Monza in Italy, didn’t go as well as LotusGP had hoped with the team experiencing their hardest weekend of the season, taking just two points courtesy of a ninth placed finish from Esteban Gutiérrez in race one.

A tough race followed a tough qualifying for both drivers with Esteban starting and finishing in ninth place after a glitch with the car saw him lose the hard fought positions he had gained. Race two was over before it really began when contact with another driver upset the handling of his car, sending him off track and out of the race.

For teammate James Calado , it was a disappointing weekend that saw him bow out of the championship battle after he failed to secure points in either race.

James Calado and Esteban Gutiérrez are third and fourth in the drivers’ championship with 160 and 152 points respectively while Lotus GP slipped back to second in the team’s championship with one round remaining.

The team now looks ahead to the final round of the 2012 season in Singapore in 2 weeks’ time where the aim will be to take victory in the race and the team’s championship battle.

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James Calado

"It was one of our worst weekends and it was an extremely disappointing one. Firstly, because it does not reflect our true potential and secondly because we can no longer fight for the championship. We had our share of problems all weekend long and we could not fix all of them, despite a great team effort. I had hard times in the turns and was a sitting duck on the straights. We have to move on and to get back to our level of performance for the finale in Singapore in a fortnight where I will aim for the win."

Esteban Gutiérrez

"It was not an ideal weekend, even though the team and I had the potential to do much better, and to keep our chances alive in the championship. I gained several positions at the start of the feature race but my engine cut off in turn 3 and I lost a lot of positions in a blink of an eye. The engine came back to life afterwards and I did my best to catch up but it was far from easy as we did not have enough speed in the straights. A car hit me in the first few kilometers of the sprint race and the balance of my car was upside down. Coming into the Parabolica, I locked up and went off track. We now have some work to do to be sure we can finish the season on a high in Singapore."

Frederic Vasseur

It was our hardest weekend of the season, we did not get it right set-up wise, Esteban and James had their misfortune and the conclusion is we paid the price. We have lost our first position in the teams' championship and it's up to us to get back on track and to make things right in Singapore. I have no doubt, no fear as I know the team and its drivers have the potential to get back on track and to fight for wins in a fortnight.

Driver's Championship

Constructor's Championship

1 Davide Valsecchi 229pts 1 DAMS 312pts
2 Luis Razia 204pts 2 Lotus GP 312pts
3 James Calado 160pts 3 Arden International 208pts
4 Esteban Gutierrez 152pts 4 iSport International 186pts
5 Max Chilton 144pts 5 Racing Engineering 186pts
6 Giedo Van der Garde 141pts 6 Carlin 180pts
7 Fabio Leimer 127pts 7 Caterham Racing 147pts
8 Marcus Ericsson 106pts 8 Barwa Addax Team 131pts
9 Johnny Cecotto 104pts 9 Scuderia Coloni 43pts
10 Felipe Nasr 85pts 10 Rapax 41pts
11 Jolyon Palmer 80pts 11 Trident Racing 34pts
12 Nathanael Berthon 59pts 12 Ocean Racing Technology 25pts
13 Stefano Coletti 48pts 13 Venezuela GP Lazarus 1pt
14 Ryo Haryanto 36pts
15 Tom Dillmann 29pts
16 Josef Kral 27pts
17 Stéphane Richelmi 25pts
18 Luca Filippi 25pts
19 Nigel Melker 25pts
20 Fabio Onidi 13pts
21 Julian Leal 9pts
22 Rodolfo Gonzalez 6pts
23 Simon Trummer 4pts
24 Fabrizio Crestani 1pt
25 Brendon Hartley 1pt