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Valsecchi determined to clinch 2012 title

Davide Valsecchi goes into the final weekend of the 2012 GP2 Series season with a 25pt lead in the drivers championship over Luiz Raia, making him the favourite for the title.
It might look like a done deal, but Davide Valsecchi's 25pt lead in the GP2 Series drivers championship is no assurance that he will walk away from this weekend's final round of the season in Singapore with the title.

For one thing, his current lead opened up in a single weekend at Monza: before that, he'd been tied on points with Arden's Luiz Razia. But two points finishes for him in Italy - including victory in the sprint race - coupled with a disastrous weekend for Razia has given Valsecchi a big advantage this week.

"We raced really well, when it was really important: we showed that we deserved to gain the lead in the championship," said Valsecchi of his last outing, which saw him claim his first win since the amazing hat-trick of victories he won in Bahrain back in April.

"Work always pays off and again I'd like to congratulate the whole DAMS team," said CEO Jean-Paul Driot of the squad's most recent performance at Monza. "Davide was remarkable, and he now has to clinch it in the final round of the season."

Valsecchi said that having the upper hand going into the final weekend certainly made a difference.

"It's important, because I'm leading now, and I'm positive, because my car is fast," he said. "I will go to Singapore, a wonderful place that I have never been to before, and it is a street circuit, where usually I'm strong. So right now I am fine, and I hope to be fine also at the end of the weekend there!"

It's going to be an experience for everyone in the GP2 paddock, as it's the first time that the series has joined F1 at the 5.073km street circuit. That makes it new for everyone this weekend with no historical data to fall back on, and means that a lot of luck will be involved in getting the right set-up in just half an hour of practice before the serious business of qualifying gets underway.

The teams will be issued with sets of soft and supersoft Pirelli tyres for the weekend, mirroring the selection for the F1 teams. As ever, the feature race includes a mandatory pit stop for a change of tyres - and with Singapore having the longest pit lane of the season that could well prove a critical factor in determining the weekend's outcome.

Valsecchi has been involved in GP2 for five seasons now, starting with Durango before moving to Barwa Addax, iSport, Team AirAsia (since renamed Caterham Racing) and now this year DAMS, the team that propelled Romain Grosjean to the 2011 drivers championship. Could winning the GP2 championship propel Valsecchi into F1 as it has done many of those who have emerged victorious in the feeder series?

Valecchi's downplaying any such thoughts, and just keeping his focus on the matter at hand - winning the title. "I've opened up a good lead for the title, but it's not over yet and there are still a lot of points up for grabs. I'm going to stay concentrated and give my all to win this championship," he said.




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Luiz Razia (BRA, Arden International) in Bahrain. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) on track in Bahrain. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) celebrates his victory in the Monza sprint race. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) celebrates his victory in the Monza sprint race on the podium. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Alex Lynn - DAMS
Alex Lynn - DAMS
Alex Lynn - DAMS
Jake Hughes - DAMS [credit: GP3 Series]
Jake Hughes - DAMS [credit: GP3 Series]
Nabil Jeffri - Arden International [credit: GP2 Media]
Jakes Hughes, DAMS, GP3 [Credit: Jake Hughes PR]
Jack Aitken, Arden, GP3 [Credit: Jack Aitken PR]
2015 GP2 Series Test 3. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Wednesday 2 December 2015. Nicholas Latifi (CAN, DAMS) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Test 3. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Thursday 3 December 2015. Nicholas Latifi (CAN, DAMS) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Test 3. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Thursday 3 December 2015. Nicholas Latifi (CAN, DAMS). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 11. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 29 November 2015. The red flag caused by the crash involving Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS), Norman Nato (FRA, Arden International), Nicolas Latifi (CAN, MP Motorsport), Daniel de Jong (NLD, Trident), Sean Gelael (INA, Carlin). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 11. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Saturday 28 November 2015. Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS), leads Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) & Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) at the start Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 11. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 28 November 2015. Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) leads Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME), Alex Lynn (GBR, DAMS) and the rest of the field at the start of the race. Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.

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Dylan - Unregistered

September 20, 2012 1:55 AM

Not only him but the GP2 Series management as well. Shame what they did to take away this title from Razia who will be remembered as the one who won the championhip on track but lost it to Valsechi's GP2 Series management gang (or should I say mafia!).

yello - Unregistered

September 20, 2012 4:26 PM

Maybe it's the opposite, GP2 bosses will try anything to make Razia win (e.g. random penalties, or accidents). In each case Valsecchi won't go to Formula 1 and Razia will, because he's Brazilian.



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