GP2 Series at the Circuit de Catalunya

Bridgestone Motorsport’s GP2 Series Report

2009 GP2 Series. Round 1. 
Barcelona, Spain.
Friday Qualifying. 8th May 2009.
Romain Grosjean (FRA, Barwa International Campos Team). Action.  
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Romain Grosjean (Barwa Campos Team) and Edoardo Mortara (Telmex Arden International) both took race wins  on  Bridgestone’s  medium  compound  tyre  in  the  opening  round  of  the  Bridgestone-supported  GP2 Series at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, Spain. Bridgestone’s medium compound Potenza GP2 racing slick made its first ever appearance at the Barcelona circuit,  as  previously  the  hard  compound  has  been  used  at  this  event.  Due  to  the  change  in  compound allocation, competitors had a greater tyre management challenge than in previous seasons. The emphasis in 2009 is on the drivers learning and understanding the capabilities of the softer GP2 tyres and adapting to maximise the performance of the Bridgestone compounds. In Saturday’s 39 lap feature race Grosjean dominated, taking full points for the race win, pole position and fastest  lap.  Barwa  Campos  teammate  Vitaly  Petrov  finished  in  second,  with  Jerome  d’Ambrosio  (DAMS) completing  the  podium  line-up.  The  majority  of  drivers  changed only their rear tyres, a typical strategy for Barcelona to reduce the effects of degradation. Mortara, Grosjean and d’Ambrosio finished top in Sunday’s 26 lap sprint race, all teams having started on the mandatory new set of tyres for race two. Mortara also claimed a point for fastest lap. Leaving Barcelona, Grosjean  leads  the  drivers’  championship  on  18  points  from  Mortara  and  d’Ambrosio  both  on  10.  Barwa Campos Team leads the teams’ championship with 26 points from DAMS on 13. Telmex Arden International is in third position with 10 points. The next round of the 2009 GP2 Series season will be held on the streets of Monte Carlo where Bridgestone’s super soft compound will be used. Quote from Hiroshi Yasukawa – Director of Bridgestone Motorsport “Congratulations  to  Romain  Grosjean  and  Edoardo  Mortara  for  their  race  wins.  Bridgestone  is  proud  to support the GP2 Series in its fifth season, and it is great to see 26 drivers battling on circuit, showing their talent for potential futures in Formula One. Spain is a very important market for Bridgestone so having three Spanish drivers and two Spanish teams in this fantastic championship is great for us.” Quote from Hirohide Hamashima – Director of Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development “The  degradation  of  the  Bridgestone  GP2  medium  compound  tyre  was  on  target  with  the  organisers’ requirements this weekend. The GP2 Series organisers wish to educate the drivers and teams in terms of their  tyre  management  and  strategy.  This  weekend  the  drivers  needed  to  manage  their  tyres  well  as  the allocation was one step softer than last year. Grosjean was strong in race one and his car setup assisted his tyre usage. Congratulations to Mortara in race two for his first GP2 victory. Degradation was much less than yesterday, due to track improvement, and this could be a good indicator for today’s Formula One race also. ”

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