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Coloni 'pleased' with Gonzalez debut
1 January 1901
Fisichella Motorsport team boss Paolo Coloni has pronounced himself pleased with Rodolfo Gonzalez's GP2 Series debut, despite coming away without any points from the latest round of the season in Bahrain.
With Andreas Zuber concentrating on competing with the team in the European GP2 Series, Formula 3 graduate Gonzalez made his GP2 debut at the last minute, the Venezuelan qualifying amongst the various newcomers in 22nd position.
Despite this, Gonzalez enjoyed a steady first race in the mid-field to be just on the cusp of the battle for 11th position. However, when he ran wide on the final lap and proceeded to edge Sakon Yamamoto off the road in recovery, Gonzalez was dropped down from 16th to 18th by the stewards.
Nonetheless, a good start in the sprint race saw him up to 11th position at one point and amongst those racing for a spot inside the points. However, his hopes of a good result ended midway through the race following a brake failure.
Together with Kevin Nai Chia Chen continuing his steep learning curve in GP2, FMS remain pointless heading to the next round in Qatar. Nonetheless, tem manager Coloni was otherwise please with the weekend.
“I am actually very pleased with the weekend. On Friday in his first race, Rodolfo went off track twice but still crossed the line in 16th after starting 22nd and he showed very good pace. Kevin stalled at the start but again demonstrated a much improved pace and drove a steady race. On Saturday Kevin was getting better and better.
“Rodolfo made a very good start and was up to 11th but he made a mistake, which is normal due to his inexperience with the car, and it caused overheating of the brakes. We had to stop after a brake disc failure but I have to be impressed with his first weekend considering he didn't know the car, the team or the circuit and continued to make steady progress.”
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