21 June 2009
Maldonado wins Silverstone sprint.
Pastor Maldonado took his second GP2 Series victory of the season - and a rare success away from Monaco - by leading from lights to flag in race two at Silverstone, despite a late safety car period and race-long pressure from Andi Zuber.
The victory was set up at the start when poleman Zuber, despite a good getaway, found Maldonado making a better one. The Venezuelan slipped to the inside and through into the lead at Stowe, before pulling away to build an advantage that did not look in doubt after the first few laps.
Behind the front pair, expected threat Lucas di Grassi stalled on the grid, leaving the rest of the field to find a way by as best as they could. Karun Chandhok and reinstated points leader Romain Grosjean had the advantage of being ahead of the Brazilian on the grid, and duly slotted in behind the front pair, along with Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Perez, with the rest of the grid unable to challenge them off the line.
Unfortunately, the field then stretched out behind Maldonado, with cool heads matching the conditions and not looking to make too many silly moves. As a result, the race failed to match that of Saturday for interest, with the main incident of note coming with three laps to go, when Racing Engineering's Dani Clos - who had earlier had a small coming together with Luiz Razia - lost the rear of his car before stalling in the middle of Vale, prompting the safety car period which lasted until the final turn of the
Maldonado thus held on for the win from Zuber and Chandhok - who claimed Ocean Racing Technology's first podium - with Grosjean, Hülkenberg and Perez completing the scorers, the Mexican for the second time in a weekend that started with him at the very back of the grid. Edoardo Mortara, Nelson Panciatici, Luiz Razia and Diego Nunes all joined Clos on the sidelines, while Giacomo Ricci failed to even start.
The result means that Grosjean extends his championship lead over Barwa Addax team-mate Vitaly Petrov - who again failed to score after finishing only tenth - by 40 points to 33, with the ART pair still all equal on 26 points, two ahead of di Grassi, as the series heads to Germany.
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