Piquet dominates race 1 in Hungary
|By Andrew van de Burgt||Saturday, August 5th 2006, 15:49 GMT|
In 1986 Nelson Piquet won the first ever Hungarian Grand Prix, passing Ayrton Senna around the outside of turn one on his way to victory.
Twenty years later. Nelson Piquet Jr didn't have to bother with overtaking anyone as he romped to one of the most dominant GP2 race wins in the series' short history.
From pole position, the title pretender sped off into an unassailable lead, which he held throughout the pitstops.
By the chequered flag, the Brazilian was over 30 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger, and with Lewis Hamilton again having a bad day, the championship lead has been cut to just 13 points.
Great pitwork from iSport moved Timo Glock into second, while Giorgio Pantano inherited third after Gimmi Bruni's suspension failed. Ernesto Viso took fourth, while Xandi Negrao showed Piquet Sports' strong form with fifth.
Alex Premat gave ART some cheer by rising from 15th on the grid to sixth, while Adam Carroll, Jose Maria Lopez and Franck Perera staged a great fight for the final points. Carroll ended up seventh, while Lopez took eighth and the sprint race pole.
From last on the grid, Hamilton made a blinding start to run 18th after the first lap. He made an early pitstop, but was penalised for speeding in the pitlane.
After taking his penalty, the Briton charged back through the order, but such was the deficit that tenth was the best he could do.
CLASSIFIED: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Piquet Jr. Piquet Sports 1h05:13.884 2. Glock iSport International + 32.795 3. Pantano FMS International + 34.019 4. Viso iSport International + 39.883 5. Negrao Piquet Sports + 40.509 6. Premat ART Grand Prix + 54.795 7. Carroll Racing Engineering + 56.075 8. Lopez Super Nova International + 58.090 9. Perera DAMS + 58.666 10. Hamilton ART Grand Prix + 73.818 11. Monfardini DAMS + 80.261 12. Filippi BCN Competicion + 1 Lap 13. Zuber Trident Racing + 1 Lap 14. Di Grassi Durango + 1 Lap 15. Petrov DPR + 1 Lap 16. Fauzy Super Nova International + 1 Lap NOT CLASSIFIED: Driver Team Laps Valles Campos Racing 26 Bruni Trident Racing 25 Hernandez Durango 25 Tahinci FMS International 22 Yoshimoto BCN Competicion 17 Lapierre Arden International Ltd 17 Villa Racing Engineering 16 Porteiro Campos Racing 16 Piccione DPR 7 Ammermueller Arden International Ltd 0 Fastest lap: Piquet Jr., 1:30.711 on lap 21