Bridgestone Motorsport British GP2

Alberto Valerio (Piquet GP)  and Pastor Maldonado (ART Grand Prix)  both secured race wins in the fourth round  of  the  Bridgestone-supported  GP2  Series  at  Silverstone,  using  Bridgestone’s  medium  specification racing slick. Known as one of the fastest circuits currently in Formula One, Silverstone offers GP2 drivers the opportunity to experience the high-speed Copse corner and section through Maggotts, whilst also demanding a car set- up and driving style that can optimise tyre performance during the slow complex in the last sector. In Saturday’s action packed 36 lap feature race, Brazilian driver Valerio took his maiden GP2 victory having started from second on the grid behind Romain Grosjean (Barwa Addax Team). Lucas di Grassi (Fat Burner Racing Engineering) finished second, with Nico Hulkenberg from ART Grand Prix crossing the line in third, also adding a point for fastest lap to his championship tally. Bridgestone’s  tyre  degradation  has  been  lower  than  expected  and less compared to last year, suggesting teams have adapted their car set-up well to manage the medium compound. Sunday’s  24  lap  sprint  race  was  won  by  Venezuelan  driver  Maldonado,  his  second  sprint  race  win  of  the season. Andreas Zuber (FMSI) and Karun Chandhok (Ocean Racing Technology) finished second and third, with Maldonado being awarded fastest lap. Grosjean takes back the lead of the drivers’ championship on 40 points, ahead of team-mate Vitaly Petrov on 33. Maldonado is in third with 26 points.  Barwa Addax Team leads the teams’ championship with 73 points from ART Grand Prix on 52. Fat Burner Racing Engineering is in third position with 24. The fifth round of the GP2 Series will be held at the Nurburgring on July 11-12, this time on Bridgestone’s soft compound GP2 racing slick. Quote from Hirohide Hamashima – Director of Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development “The GP2 teams have done a good job in studying last year’s data from Silverstone, and as a result we had a  very  entertaining  feature  race  in  GP2.  They  have  been using the same compound as last year and the level of degradation has been reasonable, certainly less than 2008 and reducing over the weekend too. The lower  degradation  could  be  due  to  improved  car  set-up  and  the  drivers  recognising  how  to  maintain  their tyres and, of course, circuit improvement due to good weather conditions. Well done to Alberto Valerio on his  first  GP2  win  and  to  Pastor  Maldonado  on  his  second  victory  this  season.  Overall  we  have  seen  an improvement in lap times this weekend compared to last year, and we are pleased with the performance of the medium compound at Silverstone.”

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