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Grosjean celebrates smart sprint success

And given his qualifying position of 19th for the feature race, Giedo van der Garde was relieved to have pulled off some solid damage limitation with points in both races. "I'm happy I got points. In the end you can see where I came from - 19th to eighth [in the feature race], so one to three [in the sprint race] - well, normally I don't like losing places, especially here, but anyway."

Van der Garde admitted that he had been biding his time waiting for the Racing Engineering car's handling to go off, but "I suffered too much on the front tyres, so in the end I couldn't pass anymore." By the final laps, the Dutch driver admitted he had nothing left to fend off Grosjean: "In the end Romain passed us like we were standing still!" he laughed.

The victory means that Grosjean has outscored his closest championship rivals in both races of the British round and has pulled out a more comfortable lead of nine points over van der Garde in the title battle compared to the single point advantage he had coming in to this weekend.

Not that a mere nine points was putting van der Garde off: "If we do one weekend very good, we can catch up. He is quick - but we know also that he can become a bit crazy sometimes!" he said, getting a good-natured laugh at his rival's expense. "Now we just have to get ready for the Nurburgring."

Round 6 of the GP2 season is in Germany in two weeks time.

Full results and times are available.




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Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) in the cockpit of the Dams GP2 car at Silverstone - July 2011. [Photo credit: Drew Gibson/GP2 Media Service.]
Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) leads Sam Bird (GBR, iSport International) in the GP2 sprint race at Silverstone. July 2011. [Photo credit: Jacob Ebery/GP2 Media Service.]
Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) celebrates his victory in the GP2 sprint race at Silverstone on the podium. July 2011. [Photo credit: Jacob Ebery/GP2 Media Service.]
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Barwa Addax Team) leads the field into turn one on the opening lap of the GP2 sprint race at Silverstone. July 2011. [Photo credit: Jacob Ebery/GP2 Media Service.]
Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) crosses the line to take victory in the GP2 sprint race at Silverstone. July 2011. [Photo credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) celebrates his victory in the GP2 sprint race at Silverstone on the podium. [Photo credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
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Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrates on the podium at Silverstone International Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England Sunday 6 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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