Canamasas made his GP2 Series comeback with Team Lazarus but track limit penalty, questionable, costs him his fight for the top ten. Today the Spaniard eyes points finish starting from the eighth row on the grid.
Sergio Canamasas finished 15th during the weekend opener at Silverstone, which was his comeback to the GP2 Series after a brilliant podium finish in Monte Carlos and missing the round at Red Bull Ring. At the wheel of the Team Lazarus-entered Dallara GP2/11, the only Spanish driver in the series was quick to adapt to his new environment and after finishing 16th in yesterday´s practice session, Canamasas was in the top five on his first set of tires in qualifying. On his second set of fresh tires he couldn´t maintain that position on the grid and finally would start from the seventh row, still ahead of his teammate Nathanaël Berthon.
During Saturday's race, which includes mandatory pit stop, Canamasas couldn´t make a good start as a result of spinning tires and dropping several places. Anyway, it didn´t daunt the determination of Canamasas who move up to 12th, with points in sight. But he was given penalty for exceeding track limits at Copse and it ended his chances. That 5-second penalty prevented from fighting for the top ten and came 15th. Canamasas comments that “sincerely, it was a frustrating Saturday. Although I normally make good starts, excessive tires spinning didn´t help this time. But our strategy for the race was good and our race pace wasn´t bad either. In fact, yesterday I was among the five quickest drivers on my first set of fresh tires”, but the penalty “ruined our chances. In my opinion it was a severe penalty. At Silverstone, tire wear is low and overtaking maneuvers quite difficult, so… My team worked well. Let´s see if we can fight for points tomorrow”.
Sprint race starts today at 09.35 tomorrow, local time.