Controlled drive secures another podium finish in Budapest
Bruno Senna completed a podium double in yesterday morning’s GP2 Series sprint at the Hungaroring. Following his stellar run to third place in yesterday’s feature race, the Brazilian lined up sixth on the grid but didn’t make the best of starts. He soon recovered lost ground, however, and then moved up the order as rivals made mistakes. In the end, another demonstration of mature racecraft carried him to his second third-place finish within the space of 24 hours. As a result, he lies only seven points behind championship leader Giorgio Pantano with six races of the campaign remaining.
“I didn’t get off the line very well, unlike yesterday, but I managed to repass Sakon Yamamoto as we went into Turn Two. That put me sixth and I then just settled down and tried to keep my nose clean. I gained one spot when Lucas di Grassi knocked Mike Conway out of the way and another when Lucas was given a drive-through penalty for his manoeuvre.
“Overtaking on the road is never easy here – and actually staying on the road was quite difficult because Pastor Maldonado’s car was spilling oil all over the place. After his engine finally blew, it took me a few laps to trust my car properly. It was handling very well, but I had become so used to driving on his oil that I wasn’t quite sure where the limits were. With a bit more time I might have had the opportunity to challenge for second, but the main thing was to score a strong points finish for the sake of the championship. To come away from a tough circuit like this with two podium finishes is extremely satisfying.”