after hard-fought race
Bruno Senna led the early stages of yesterday afternoon’s GP2 Series race at Silverstone, but he dropped several positions after running wide at Stowe Corner on lap four. He lost a little more ground during his mandatory tyre stop, on lap 17 of 36, but then waged a thrilling battle with iSport team-mate Karun Chandhok, Romain Grosjean (ART) and Sébastien Buemi (Arden).
The quartet swapped and changed positions for lap after lap, but Chandhok eventually broke clear to secure third place. Bruno passed Grosjean for fifth in the closing moments of the race, with a bold move at Stowe, but he slid wide at the next corner and eventually had to settle for sixth. He remains second in the championship standings, 13 points behind series leader Giorgio Pantano.
“I think we made one or two incorrect choices with today’s race set-up. Karun opted for a different approach and I think that paid off. My car was quite tricky to drive at the start and a gust of wind helped push me wide at Stowe on lap four. It was just too easy to make mistakes, but that is part of the learning process and days like this help you to become better, wiser and stronger.
“The battle in the race’s closing stages was great fun, but my tyres were finished by then – it might have been a better strategy to stay out a couple of laps longer and ru a shorter second stint. Overall, though, I’m not too disappointed. Given the problems I encountered, I’m happy to have scored a few points.”