9 July 2005
Silverstone 2005: Rosberg storms to race one.
Nico Rosberg has secured his second GP2 win in the space of a week after taking victory in the opening race of the weekend at Silverstone.
The ART driver, who was starting from pole position, recieved an early - and unexpected - boost when fellow front row man Nelson Piquet Jr was forced out on the warm-up lap, leaving Rosberg alone at the front when the lights went green.
At the start Rosberg tore away from third placed starter Heikki Kovalainen, who signaled his intentions by forming up pointing to the right side of the track, with Adam Carroll slotting in behind the Finn.
Behind the front three Neel Jani headed a fast moving queue of cars, with Scott Speed, Jose Maria Lopez and Giorgio Pantano lining up immediately behind the Swiss driver. However there was bad luck for Ryan Sharp, driving in his home race, who was forced back into the pits early after his car stopped on the first lap, as Rosberg pushed for an early advantage at the front. Further back Alex Premat and Gimmi Bruni came in for an extremely early stop in an attempt to get some clear track in front of them and push ahead as the others stopped after them.
It was clearly working for Premat, who had been forced to drop ten place on the grid following his indiscretions at Magny-Cours. On lap four he was the fastest man on track after and the ART drivers were clearly on form - teammate Rosberg was already almost two seconds ahead of Kovalainen.
On lap nine Speed and Pantano came in for their stops, with Jani in two laps later as the front running pitstop strategies were beginning to emerge. Jani, after a good stop, was out just ahead of Bruni and pushing hard for a good points haul.
The leading pair were in together on lap 15, with Rosberg bringing a 3.8 second lead in and losing most of it in the stop, as Kovalainen exited on his tail. Carroll was in a lap later, followed soon afterward by Clivio Piccione as the pitstops were completed.
The race order had re-established itself: Rosberg led from Kovalainen and Premat, whose decision to pit early had worked to perfections, with Carroll, Speed, Jani, Piccione and Bruni filling out the points paying positions.
Further back Nicolas Lapierre and Juan Cruz Alvarez were at the start of a battle which was to last for the remainder of the race - the pair were all over each other, sliding sideways through corners together but somehow just managing to avoid running into each other.
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