After making a great start, Canamasas was hit twice at the first corner and the Spaniard lost no less than seven places. Later his car was suffering from understeer and the Stewards finally decided to hand out a drive through penalty to Canamasas supposedly for gaining advantage between Turns 8 and 9 and dropped to 16th.
Sergio Canamasas has struggled during today´s GP2 Series race at the striking Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. However, despite Canamasas tried his best at the wheel of his car of Trident Motorsport, the result did not live up to expectations.
Focusing on a good race start, the Spanish racer managed to do it even avoiding a stalled car on the grid. Shortly after, at Turn 1, he was hit no less than twice by rivals and instantly dropping to 15th place after the very first lap. With his car being difficult to drive as it was suffering from understeer, Canamasas pitted on lap 5 to make his mandatory pit-stop, slightly improving car performance, mainly in the second and third sectors where Canamasas was pretty competitive. When he was battling for another top-ten finish and new points, Nathanaël Berthon made another maneuver contrary to good sportsmanship. Canamasas was forced to cut the track between Turns 8 and 9 and avoid Berthon car and, at the same time, the Frenchman slowed down in that sector much more than usual. As a consequence Canamasas was given a 20-second penalty afterwards, so he was demoted four places to 16th. Tomorrow Trident Motorsport driver will start on row eight.
“It was such a frustrating race because, after a good start, we were all aspiring to achieve a better result. I was hit twice at the first corner and lost seven places. At the beginning the car was so difficult to drive, with extreme understeer, but it got slightly better after the pit-stop”, Canamasas explains. Besides, he was not pleased with “Berthon, because I think he did that on purpose. It was a kind of strategy game. Without these problems, our result would have been much better. I´m not happy with today´s race, but I will try to put back on track our weekend tomorrow”